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What is a French Macaroon?

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March 08, 2009 3:24AM

MACAROONS (French)

Macaroons are a good choice ; they are lovely little cookies.

Here is the basic recipe for 4 to 6 persons :

Ingredients : 225 gr [1/2 lb] ground almonds / 225 gr [1/2 lb] sugar /

4 egg whites.

Then you have to chose your flavor :

- for coffee flavor = 1 teaspoon coffee extract

- for vanilla flavor = 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

- for fruit / berry flavour = 1 teaspoon fruit / berry extract…

- one original version : 1 teaspoon rum or fortified wine

- Mix the sugar and ground almonds.

- Whisk the egg whites until stiff and frothy

- Gently incorporate the egg whites to the preparation, then add the

flavour extract.

- On a buttered baking tray, display small balls of paste, sizing as a

small walnut.

- Bake in preheated oven at 170°C / 325°F for 15 minutes ; take the

tray out and let cool down.

Macaroons can be eaten this way or filled. If you wish to fill them,

prepare the filling while they are cooling down.

- for fruit / berry ones, I suggest to simply spread a little marmalade

or jelly.

- for coffee or chocolate ones, I suggest to prepare a "ganache"

(sort of cream) ; in this case, simply boil 3 Tablespoons double cream

with some flavouring (1 oz plain black chocolate, 1 teaspoon coffee

extract, etc….) ; just taste your cream and adjust flavouring….

Whatever your chosen flavor(s), sandwich 2 macaroons together

with their fillings.

Source: http://www.frenchfoodandcook.com/pages/Wquestarch39.htm