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The origin of macaroons

Are you a fan of French pastry? You probably know macaroons! It is a small soft cake, with a round shape, various colors and tastes. Nowadays, the macaroon is anchored in the French gastronomy. It is even the symbol of refinement and know-how of pastry chefs. But where does this delicious pastry come from? Zoom on the origin and history of macaroons.

The macaroons and the Arab countries

According to history, macaroons came from Arab countries. Historians believe that they were consumed in the Middle Ages, before European sailors discovered them. Even if they are also prepared with almonds, egg whites and sugar, they were in the form of a simple cookie. It is only during the Renaissance that these pastries appeared in France, and then spread throughout the world.

Macaroons and France

A true emblem of French pastry, the macaroon was first introduced in France by Catherine de Medici. Coming from Italy, she brought macaroons when she married the Duke of Orleans (Henri II). During this time, the macaroon was called “maccherone” or macaroni.
Over time, the macaroon became popular to the point where cities and regions made it their own. For example, you may have heard of the Joyeuse macaroon, a specialty of the Ardèche. This one is more crumbly and dense.
There is also the Macaron d’Amiens, a Picardy specialty made with almonds, honey, sugar and egg white. You can also try the Parisian macaron. This one is assembled two by two and has a jam filling called ganache.
When you are in France, don’t miss your gourmet break in a café or a pastry shop! You can even offer some as gifts for your loved ones.

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