Manditory Macaroon Post

by Skip on November 26, 2008

in Travel

Crisp, tender cassis macaroon

Crisp, tender cassis macaroon

I could not help but write a post on macaroons (macaron in french, where it sounds like macaroni [minus the ee sound at the end]). I have been obsessed with them for a while, making them for myself, and graciously accepting them as gifts. Dutifully, on our first day here Kim brought us to her favorite macaroons, Ladurée.

It is a bit cramped inside, but the pastries and macaroons were gorgeous. The chocolates, the Paris-Brest, and the macaroons, looked perfect. Clean lines and beautiful designs. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take photos. Even if I could have, they would have been blurry (my canon sd 600 does a number of things well, but low light/no flash isn’t one of them).

Lemon Creme, Cassis, Caramel, Four Berry

Lemon Creme, Cassis, Caramel, Four Berry

Getting back to the macaroons, we ordered lemon creme, cassis, caramel, and four berry. The crust is thin and crisp, the almond inside tender, and the filling sweet (overwhelmingly so). Each flavor was spot-on. I found the cassis a bit sweet, but the lemon creme and chewy caramel were wonderful.

Three days later, as they began to dry out, they began to taste like my macroons. A great success, I think, considering my macaroons are only 3 days away from being as decadent as Ladurée’s. Perhaps I flatter myself.

Still putting up more pictures on flickr. Kim is posting on the trip too.

Ladurée [map]

21 Rue Bonaparte, Paris France

01 44 07 64 87

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanie November 28, 2008 at 9:22 am

After re-reading your previous macaron post, I think I need to stage a macaron-making intervention. Once you have a silpat, a functional oven, and a decent piping bag, your macarons will make Pierre Herme proud.

Meg May 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm

What is it with you people – my housemate Susan has a macaron problem too:

http://lifeisbutmeltingsnow.blogspot.com/2009/01/pecan-caramel-and-pistacchio-cranberry.html

Skip May 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Clearly you must have some macaron the next time you’re in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I’ll go with if you’d like company.

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