Macaron Day, which is observed annually on March 20, is a celebration of the deliciousness that is the macaron. A macaron is a French confection with a sugary flavor that has its origins in France. (the name itself is derived from French). It is an opportunity for macaron enthusiasts to sample delectable French macarons from a variety of bakeries while supporting local charities. The celebration, which is not a legal holiday, is beautifully timed to coincide with the first day of spring and the International Day of Happiness, both of which are highly symbolic of the influence macarons have on people. The holiday is an occasion for baking and sharing.
The background of Macaron Day
According to legend, macarons originated in an eighth-century French monastery in Cormery. (791 B.C.). According to a Swiss encyclopedia detailing the history and origins of baking, the first almond biscuits appeared in the 11th century under the support and protection of Yusuf ibn Tashfin, the first monarch of the Almoravid dynasty. According to this document, the almond confection Ghouryeba or Ghriba was served primarily during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month. The almond cookies spread across cultures and civilizations all the way to Europe.
Macarons have been produced since the Renaissance period in the eighth century A.D. Catherine de Medici, the then-Queen of France, had an Italian pastry, which she had her chefs prepare as part of the items she brought to France in 1533 when she married King Henry II of France. The macaron as we know it was invented in a convent near Cormery, France, in 1791. The following year, in 1793, macarons became popular after two nuns seeking asylum during the French Revolution baked and exchanged the pastries for housing. Later, the nuns became known as the “Macaron Sisters.” At this time, macarons were prepared with flavorings and fillings that were unique.
In the 1930s, jams and spices started to be served alongside macarons. Originally, the macaron, which consists of two almond meringue discs with a layer of buttercream filling or marmalade, was known as the “Paris macaron.” Since the early 20th century, French journalist and author Pierre Desfontaines is sometimes credited with the invention of the macron. Claude Gerbet, another baker, also claims to have devised it. (at some point in its history, the macaron was called the Gerbet cake). Since the 2010s, French macaron bakeries have become popular in North America.
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MACARON DAY ACTIVITIES
Prepare some macarons
Be sure to test out a new recipe while celebrating Macaron Day. Prepare macarons and enjoy yourself.
Donate a few macarons.
You can give macaron pastries to your neighbors, coworkers, and fellow churchgoers. The crucial factor is to share.
Use the hashtag #MacaronDay on Twitter.
Document all of your Macaron Day activities on social media. Use the hashtag #MacaronDay on social media.
5 DELICIOUS FACTS ABOUT MACARONS
Macarons are made with zero percent gluten.
On Macaron Day, New York City offers complimentary macarons.
In France, the macaron is the most ubiquitous confection sold.
Typically, a macaron contains 100 calories or fewer.
The macaron was introduced to French culture when King Henry II married Catherine de Medici from Italy, and she had her chefs prepare some macaron cakes for her to bring to France.
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