macaron is a sweet confectionery. Its name is derived from an Italian word “maccarone” or “maccherone”. This word is itself derived from ammaccare, meaning crush or beat, used here in reference to the almond paste which is the principal ingredient. It is meringue-based: made from a mixture of egg whites, almond flour, and both granulated and confectionery sugar.

Since the English word macaroon can also refer to the Coconut macaroon, many have adopted the French spelling of macaron to distinguish the two items in the English language. However, this has caused confusion over the correct spelling of the cookie. Some recipes exclude the use of macaroon’ to refer to this French confection while others think that they are synonym.

Below is my first attempt at the macaron with mocha buttercream…still got a long way to go though…


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Tony Chen · October 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

One word: Paulette

Ethan Chan · October 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Thanks Tony…they have one in SF (as well as Beverly Hills). I will make a stop there next time and try it out!

Emily Kwong · October 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

i met the owner when i was working at my friend’s jewelry store. stuck up!!

Joseph Chen · October 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

the macraon looks like it’s blasting off in the third photo.

Helicon · October 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

It was wonderful. Thanks for letting us taste these wonderful early draft pieces.

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