French Macaron Baking Adventures, Part 17: Macaroons vs. Macarons
By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2017
Before I decided on the title of my macaron baking book, I posted a couple of working titles on a writers’ group to get some input. In both examples, I used the word macaron. An English romance author informed me that the word was misspelled. Other authors came to my defense and said that the topic I was writing about was indeed spelled with one o, not two.
Macaron is spelled correctly. Also, as it’s French, it’s pronounced mah-kah-ron. Whenever I see it with a double o, I think of the coconut cookies. I like coconut macaroons, but they’re a completely different cookie.
How? Here are some differences:
Coconut macaroons contain shredded coconut as a main ingredient.
Macarons are usually made with finely ground nuts, almond being the most commonly used.
Coconut macaroons can be plopped, scooped, or shaped with one’s hands.
Macarons require piping so they’re nice and round and the same size.
Egg whites for coconut macarons are only required to be room temperature.
Egg whites should be “aged” for about two days for French macarons as this helps get rid of moisture and makes them easier to whip.
Coconut macaroons don’t require almond flour or any type of sifting.
Almond flour should be sifted at least 3 times for smooth, shiny macaron shells.
Egg whites for coconut macaroons are only whipped to soft peak—this takes about 3 or 4 minutes.
Macarons require egg whites to reach stiff peaks—a process that takes about 10 minutes.
Coconut macaroons can go right into the oven as soon as they’re put on a cookie sheet.
Macarons need to rest after being piped. This takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
Coconut macaroons can be eaten right out of the oven.
Macarons taste better the next day after the filling has melded with the shells.
Coconut macaroons cost about $3 per dozen.
Macarons can cost up to $3 each.
Coconut macaroons come in only a few flavors and colors.
Macarons come in an array of flavors and colors.
Want to learn how to bake macarons? Read my book Baking French Macarons: A Beginner’s Guide. Available in eBook [free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription] and paperback formats.
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