A Historically Sweet Day
Even Blair Waldorf loves her Ladurée cookies. Ooh la la!
Macarons: small, circular cakes made from ground almonds or coconuts combined with egg white, sugar, and flavorings of your choice.
My personal favorite are the Ladurée macaroons whose colors and savory tastes make for a feminine, delightful snack.
Few things are more pleasurable than a bite of one of those sinful cookies.
Where does this legendary treat stem from? According to historians, the macaron first originated from an Italian monastery in the 9th century. The pastry chefs of Catherine de Medici, the wife of King Henri II, brought the macaron from Italy to France in the 16th century. The macaron proved to be useful – beyond taste – during the French Revolution, when two Benedictine nuns sought refuge in the French town of Nancy and paid for their housing by baking and selling macarons.
The history lesson there is to never underestimate the power of a pastry.
Now, macarons come in various forms in different countries. In Spain, they’re called “carajitos” and are made with hazelnuts and honey. Italy’s macarons are ricciarellis and consist of soft almonds. And in India, they’re known as Thoothukudis macaroons and made with egg whites and cashews.
While different nations might disagree on a lot of things, one thing they’ll never fight over is the shared love of wonderfully delicious food. Happy Macaroon Day!