Macaron or Macaroon?

Do you say macaron or macaroon? I have to admit, before embarking on a macaron making course last year, I was very much in the macaroon camp. However, I now 'get' the difference, macaron are the delicate, beautiful jewelled coloured meringue-style shells filled with all sorts of gorgeous tasting fillings while macaroons are the fun, coconut tasting biscuits we ate as children. That said, they are both thoroughly delicious in their own way!

Below is a picture guide of how we make the macaron which we serve with our Luxury Cotswold Tea Menu. 

Sieve the ground almonds & icing sugar to get rid of any lumps

Sieve the ground almonds & icing sugar to get rid of any lumps

When adding food colouring you can really go overboard! The stronger the better.

When adding food colouring you can really go overboard! The stronger the better.

Slowly combine the sugar syrup with the whisked egg whites

Slowly combine the sugar syrup with the whisked egg whites

The french meringue should be glossy & stiff

The french meringue should be glossy & stiff

Add the meringue to the ground almonds mix

Add the meringue to the ground almonds mix

And combine well

And combine well

Put mix into a piping bag

Put mix into a piping bag

Using a template....

Using a template....

.....pipe small discs onto parchment paper

.....pipe small discs onto parchment paper

Set aside until they form a 'skin'

Set aside until they form a 'skin'

Then bake for about 15 minutes

Then bake for about 15 minutes

Allow to cool then fill with your favourite fruit curd or a rich chocolate ganache

Allow to cool then fill with your favourite fruit curd or a rich chocolate ganache

The trickiest part of making macaron is getting everything mixed in at the right consistency and making sure you have no air bubbles in your finished shell. The beauty of them is that each mix makes about 70-80 shells and the finished shells (unfilled) freeze amazingly well and defrost incredibly quickly so you've always got some on hand to impress visitors!