FWOTD #11: macarons

The macaron is a traditional french pastry, made of egg whites, almond power and sugar. Macarons come in a wide variety of flavors, from chocolate, to raspberry or even foie gras.

Macarons, Paris

Its origin is quite unknown, but it may have been brought to France from Italy in 1533 by Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs. At that time, there was no filling, the macaron was just 100% cookie. In 1930, Pierre Desfontaines of pastry shop Ladurée, had the original idea of the double-decker, sticking two macaron shells together with a creamy ganache as filling.

Ladurée and Hermé macarons are considered to be the best in Paris. Check out their website to order online.

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