Lesson in French Cookies
Macarons consist of a layer of filling sandwiched between meringues that are miraculously tender, crunchy and ethereal all at once. Not to be confused with macaroons (egg whites folded with shredded coconut or grated almonds), the modern French macaron is credited to the Parisian pastry shop Ladurée. Macarons are mistakenly thought to be hard to make. But, as Payard explains, they require only four things for success: a smooth macaronade, a fluffy meringue, attentive baking and plenty of filling.