Macaroon has been around for quite a long time. It is believed to have traced its origin from the middle ages. Here is a brief explanation of interesting facts about this delicious cake presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.
Legend has it that macaroon was invented in an Italian monastery between the 8th and 9th century. “Larousse Gastronomique”, a great culinary encyclopedia edited by Jenifer Harvey Lang (Crown,1998), states that macaroon traces its origin in 791 in a convent located in Commercy, France.
Other sources affirm that the recipe of this soft and grainy small cake was introduced in France in 1533 by pastry chefs of Catherine de Medicis, wife of King Henri II. That recipe is now easily found in Delices and Gourmandises Catalog and websites.
The proximity of the previously stated regions made exchange and trade easier, hence, it is difficult to pinpoint the real inventor of macaroon..
Other culinary historians claim that macaroon was actually invented in Italy, more precisely in Venice. It would have been brought to France by sailors, where its recipe was refined by French pastry Chefs, according to the claims. Furthermore, the etymology of the word macaroon seems to agree with that idea.
As a matter of fact, macaroon comes from the Italian word ammacare which means to crush and refers to the original almond paste ingredient. Yet, we know that almonds were first introduced in Venice by Arabs in the beginning of the VII century. The Italian Meringue recipe made with sugar and egg white is however more recent.
Similar recipes were also found in Syria during the XV century where it is known as Louzieh, which comes from the word Louz, meaning almond in Arabic.
Macaroons at Delices and Gourmandises maintain the original macaroon recipe even though they have a wide range of flavor such as strawberry, lemon, and pistachio. It is a great snack you can enjoy anytime and anywhere.2016-06-14
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