Monday, March 21, 2011

My Love Affair With the French Macaron


The first time I came across a macaron was in San Francisco when I was in culinary school. The Ferry Building on the Embarcadero is the home of Miette Bakery, where my love affair began. A Box of six of these little “cookies” is $14.00…and I thought, how amazing are these cookies that they are over $2.00 each? Almost on principle I didn’t try them. But as a student of pastry, I felt the need to at least try one. My classmate selected a ganache filled chocolate macaron for me and I bit into it. A crunchy, smooth like an eggshell crust gave way to the center, it was like meringue, but firm and chewy and filled with creamy chocolate ganache. It was sweet and light and was like nothing I had ever tried before because the extent of my French cookie education was provided by Preppridge Farm.
Since then, they began to pop up in places I never wanted to see them and in conditions I never would want to eat them. [Fade in: the theme song to "Titanic"] These cookies are delicate, petite and just plain special; they don’t belong next to the protein plate at SBucks. OK OK I will stop my love song to the macaron…for now [cut music].

The only thing I have left to say is try one. Your life will forever be changed.

9 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! You totally have me wanting to run out and get some right now, but I don't know where they might be hiding!

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  2. I imagine they will be in an upscale french bakery. Even in the South Bay there are one or two places to get quality macarons. I hope you find some!

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  3. I also love the chocolate ganache inside it. Oh! This food reminds me of puff pastries which I also love to eat.

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  4. Those are so cute, I almost can't eat them. I'm sure they are yummy, though. Can I have some?

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  5. They look like burgers but they're obviously sweet and delicious French macarons. How delightfully deceptive!

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  6. I went to France once and I immediately fall in love with French macarons. Maybe I'll try making some by following your guide.

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  7. Based on my experience, authentic macarons aren't necessarily better tasting than recipes outside France. I'm sure this one will be good to the palate.

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  8. I love the color, it looks pretty and delicious too.

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  9. I think I've seen this on some long island weddings and they really look great on the center table along with the wedding cake. I think it livens up the mood, or it just helps somehow.

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