|The Macaron’s Origin in Paris|

 

Macaron in Paris : The macaron, a delicate and iconic French pastry, has a history that traces back centuries. While its precise origin is debated, it is widely believed to have been introduced to France from Italy during the Renaissance late XIVe century.

The macaron appeared in Europe in the Middle Ages, first in Italy, under the name maccherone. Catherine de Medici would have had it served at the wedding of Duke Anne de Joyeuse, in Ardèche, in 1581. It appeared in Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1660, where a pastry chef offered it to King Louis XIV for his wedding. In Paris, it was food officers named Dalloyau who served macarons to Kings as early as 1682.

Today there are more than 40 regional macaron specialties. In Nancy, Amiens, Reims, Saint-Jean-de Luz, Paris… In every corner of France there is a macaron recipe. More than forty would be listed today.

La Durée Macaron in Paris

The modern form of the macaron, characterized by two almond meringue shells sandwiching a flavored filling, is often attributed to the French pastry chef Pierre Desfontaines of the renowned Ladurée pastry shop in Paris. Desfontaines is said to have first created the macaron in its current form in the early 20th century. Very quickly, Ladurée made a fortune thanks to his creation. And others too since a certain Pierre Hermé, former employee of the Ladurée house, created his own house in 1996. He will give a new impetus to the macaron.

Since then, the macaron has become a staple of French pastry and has gained popularity worldwide. However, it’s important to note that the macaron’s roots can be traced further back in history. The earliest known references to similar almond-based confections date back to medieval Italy, where they were made by monks and later gained popularity among the French aristocracy.

Today, macarons come in a wide variety of flavors and colors, and they remain a symbol of elegance and sophistication in the world of pastry. Whether enjoyed as a treat on their own or as part of a luxurious dessert spread, the macaron continues to captivate food enthusiasts around the globe.

Emy,

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