Macaroons and Macarons, though only one letter apart seem to be interchangeable to most people. But, little do they know that they really are two completely different treats!
Macarons are a classic French pastry. These cookie-like treats are usually sandwiched with a filling of choice between them. They are crispy but also chewy and usually offer a smooth quality depending on the filling.
Macarons are definitely a more advanced pastry. Mixing the batter and letting them air dry for long enough, seem to be the most difficult parts of the recipe to master. Macarons include a slew of ingredients including: almond flour, powder sugar, egg whites, vanilla, cream of tarter, salt, and sugar.
Macaroons on the other hand, tend to be a more simple version of the well-know French Pastry. You normally see macaroons flavored with coconut, but I've also seen chocolate chip. Macaroons involve some of the same ingredients, but are definitely less time consuming than an authentic French Macaron, because they do not require any drying time.
Though both share one main ingredient (egg whites) they have completely different textures and flavors. Macarons involve almond flour which give them a slight hint of almond flavor as well as that more cookie like texture. Whereas macaroons involve no flour at all, they rely only on the egg white and condensed milk, leaving you with a much sweeter and creamier texture.
Enough history about the food, let's get into some recipes!
Sourc: Food Network
Yield: 36 Macarons, depending on how large you make your circles
Source: Food Network
Yield: 12 Large or 16 Medium
I hope you guys enjoyed learning about differences between macarons and macaroons! If you decide to try out either of these recipes, tag me on Instagram @takingonthekitchen!
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