9.23.2009

my latest obsession... french macarons






if you've never tried a french macaron... well, you are missing out!  though the word translates to "macaroon" in english, they are nothing like the chewy little mounds of coconut that might come to mind.  no, nothing at all... french macarons are these delightful little sandwich cookies... but to call them "cookies" doesn't really do them justice.

a good macaron is kind of an ethereal creation... the shell, made from whipped egg whites and almond powder, cracks delicately when you bite into it, revealing a tender inside.  the fillings range from fluffy buttercream to rich ganache to flavor-packed preserves.  part of the appeal is that they come in a million different flavors, and they are also totally beautiful... when they're all lined up, they look like colorful little gems inside a jewel box!

while we were in paris, we tried many a macaron... we waited in line to sample ladurée's famous macarons (packaged in a gorgeous mint green box), visited two of pierre hermé's stunning shops to try his innovative creations, and made several pit stops at gérard mulot's hectic but efficient shop in saint-germain-des-près for the macarons that became "mon préféré."

we packed a box of 12 macarons from mulot in our checked luggage, and miraculously the fragile little morsels arrived in the states unscathed!  of course, those babies are long gone now... so we are on the hunt for the best french macaron in the u.s.!  any tips, please let me know...

xoxo,
lesley

9 comments:

Robin said...

mmmm... macarons.

the withdrawals are starting!

lady elle said...

*sigh* I have seen sooooo many macaron enthusiasts popping up! and I among them (: I am a PH girl myself and have yet to find anything that touches them in the states!!! *double sigh*
♥~L

esque said...

*claws at the screen* I haven't had one of those, but they looks so good! They have them all over the place where I live, but so darn expensive. One of these days though...

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Mandy said...

those look delicious! Great pictures!

Stacey said...

Not only are they delightful to eat, but photograph beautifully!! Lovely post. :)

Joyce said...

Check this out - macarons in NYC: http://thewanderingeater.com/2007/04/03/in-search-of-the-french-macaron-in-nyc/

Sara PDX said...

Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland, OR has delicious ones - pistachio is my favorite.

shakunharris said...

hi,
I share your love for macarons, can I use some of your writing on my blog ? of course, I will mention you.

Thank you,

S Harris

315thomas said...

no problem, shakun!

xoxo,
lesley