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MACARONS – Don’t confuse them with Macaroons

It’s high time we set the record straight: the word “macaron” is not an alternate spelling of macaroon. In fact, the two terms refer to distinctly different things. Both macarons and macaroons are confections, and both names are derived from ammaccare, which is Italian for “to crush” — but that’s where the similarities end.

A macaron specifically refers to a meringue-based cookie made with almond flour, egg whites, and granulated and powdered sugar, then filled with buttercream, ganache or fruit curd. The delicate treat has a crunchy exterior and a weightless interior with a soft ending that’s almost nougat-like in its chewiness. To add to the confusion, it’s often called a French Macaroon.

In contrast, the word macaroon is a generic phrase that is applied to a number of small, sweet confections. Mostly, the term is equated with the moist and dense coconut macaroon, which is composed of egg whites, sugar, and dried coconut, often piped with a star-shaped tip, and sometimes dipped in chocolate. The coconut macaroon, or congolais, as it’s known in France, is frequently served during Passover because it contains no flour. From: www.popsugar.com

A WORD ABOUT SAFE FOOD COLORING

All natural food colorings are generally made with dyes extracted from primarily plant sources, using an extract from turmeric or saffron for a yellow color, for instance. They can be difficult to find at conventional markets, but they are often stocked at stores such as Whole Foods and Sur La Table, as well as other specialty food or baking stores. These natural dyes are often more expensive than regular dyes, but like the regular coloring, they will keep for quite some time. India Tree is one brand that produces very good, all natural dyes made from plant sources and it is available several places online as well as in the stores mentioned above.

Simply Sweets by LaurenThe Macaron Recipe below uses Gerbs Pumpkin Seed Meal:
GO GET SOME GERBS PUMPKIN SEED MEAL

and is by Lauren Warmke: simplysweetsbylauren.com

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Red White & Blue Macarons by Lauren Warmke
This Macaron Recipe uses Gerbs Pumpkin Seed Meal:
GO GET SOME GERBS ALLERGEN FRIENDLY PUMPKIN SEED MEAL!
Macarons can be temperamental (meringue will insist on your full attention), but they do respond wonderfully to patience, encouragement, and a loving touch. Just like people.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings
complete macarons
Ingredients
  • 275 grams Gerbs Allergen Friendly! Pumpkin Seed Meal/flour
  • 250 grams Confectioners sugar
  • 210 grams egg whites -6 eggs approx but measure the egg whites because eggs come in different sizes
  • 210 grams granulated sugar
  • drops a few natural food coloring -Choose your own colors!
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar -OPTIONAL
  • 1 pinch salt -Just a smidgen!
Macaron Filling
  • 388 grams unsalted Butter
  • 259 grams Confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla -or flavoring of your choice
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings
complete macarons
Ingredients
  • 275 grams Gerbs Allergen Friendly! Pumpkin Seed Meal/flour
  • 250 grams Confectioners sugar
  • 210 grams egg whites -6 eggs approx but measure the egg whites because eggs come in different sizes
  • 210 grams granulated sugar
  • drops a few natural food coloring -Choose your own colors!
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar -OPTIONAL
  • 1 pinch salt -Just a smidgen!
Macaron Filling
  • 388 grams unsalted Butter
  • 259 grams Confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla -or flavoring of your choice
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    2 Comments

  1. Sennen August 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!

  2. Janilyn July 3, 2019 at 9:16 am Reply

    Does anyone have recipes using the raw 5 seed meal? I’m clueless!

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