French Macarons

June 8, 2011 2 Comments by Nicole

So, I’m sure most of us have seen a Macaron before, but have you have tried one? Do know how it’s made and with what? Prepare yourself for a lesson on Macarons!!!

Photo Credit: Sterling Style

So What is a Macaron Anyway?

Macarons (pronounced “mac-uh-rohn”) are a French treat that have swept the world with their beautiful bright colors and terrific flavors! Macarons are French sandwiches whose shells are made up of whipped egg whites, ground almonds, sugar and flavoring. Each half rises in the oven and are then sandwiched together with a jelly filling. There are many different ways to make a French Macaron but don’t get too confident. These awesome sandwich cookies are very difficult to make, and challenge even some of the most educated pastry chefs!

Remember not to get these confused with the other Macaroon!

Photo Credit: Amy Atlas

 

Photo Credit: Sadaharu

Flavors

There are a lot of traditional flavors.

  • Raspberry
  • Lemon
  • Rose
  • Vanilla
  • Liquorice
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Pistachio

And then there are more exotic flavors.

  • Chocolate and Passion Fruite
  • Orange Passion
  • Madagascar Chocolate
  • Spice and Soft Fruits
  • Almond Cherry
  • Mint and Strawberry
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Where to Find Them

First off, see if your caterer is skilled at making these wonderful cookies! If he or she cannot, see if they have any suggestions on where you can get some for your wedding day. They will be the best resource on knowing where to buy locally in bulk for a great price. If this option doesn’t work out for you try ordering online! There are tons of options for day of shipping, just make sure you do a trail run first, to insure their delivery policy is right on the money and to make sure that you like their style of Macaron.

You can order them at:

Photo Credit: Ladurée

Ladurée

Ladurée is the place that started it all! Macarons were created at Ladurée in the beginning of the 20th century by Pierre Desfontaines, the second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée.  From what I hear, tasting these original Macarons is something you will never forget and if you are ever in Paris you are doing yourself an injustice by not stopping by to get one. Unfortunately, you can’t purchase these for delivery in the US, but if you are reading this from Europe, this should be your first choice!!!

Photo Credit: Ladurée
Photo Credit: Ladurée

Saint Louis Brides

For all my local peeps, fear not, there are places here in Saint Louis to get fresh French Macarons!

  • Try Rue Lafayette – They serve authentic French Macaroons straight from Paris! This adorable café not only serves amazing pastries, but you can also get lunch there and look around at their boutique. If you aren’t planning on including macarons in your dessert bar, consider taking your bridesmaids here for luncheon!
  • Bittersweet Bakery – House-made, available upon request with advance notice
  • Cielo -House-made, available upon request for large parties with advance notice
  • Colleen’s Cookies- House-made, available by special order with 1 to 2 days notice
  • Cravings Gourmet Desserts -House-made, available daily
  • Franco -House-made, available upon request with advance notice
  • Kakao -House-made, available occasionally and by request with advance notice
  • La Bonne Bouchée -Imported, available daily
  • Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafoods -House-made dessert sampler plate; available daily
  • The Bakery at the Ritz-Carlton -House-made, available daily
Photo Credit: The Sweet and Saucy Shop

Here are some images to Inspire you!!!! Click on the picture to view the slideshow!

 

Photo Credit: For all images not already credited above, credit goes to TheSweetandSaucyShop

Credits: Sauce Magazine, Ladurée

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One Comment

  1. ChefDeHome
    2 years ago

    Hi Nicole, your french macarons picture look so so tempting. I ogled a few to my page on ogleogle.com. i am sure you would like to see.
    Here is the link
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    I use this site to collect and tag websites I love to visit back and to promote my cooking website (chefdehome.com). I think you can create account there too to promote your wonderful pictures….

    Cheers,
    ChefdeHome

    Reply

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