Earlier this month I finally opened the December 2009 issue of Food & Wine Magazine. The issue included an article entitled “Lesson in French Cookies: Baking Macarons” by Emily Kaiser. The write-up featured French pastry chef François Payard demonstrating to Jason Wu (Fashion designer – designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown) his macaron making process. It’s a great article and Payard explains there are four things for a successful macaron:
- A smooth macaronade
- A fluffy meringue
- Attentive baking
- Plenty of filling
Also, recipes for:
- Raspberry Macarons
- Chocolate Macarons
- Passion Fruit Macarons
Read the article with photos and recipes on the Food & Wine Magazine’s site here.
A couple of weeks ago, I visited Payard’s Patisserie in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. The bakery is kind of tucked away in the back with the other restaurants. It’s a lovely Patisserie with beautiful decor and many wonderful desserts in their dessert case and options for creating your own gift baskets or packaged treats to go. If you’re in Las Vegas and anywhere near Caesar’s Palace, it’s definitely worth your visit to at least experience it if you are a dessert, pastry and/or macaron lover.
Macarons at Trader Joe’s?
I heard that Trader Joe’s was carrying macarons? This I had to see for myself and my expectations were skeptical. Really? I looked around the store in the obvious places but could not find these said macarons. Had to ask a Trader Joe employee. He kind of chuckled, though I couldn’t figure out why, as he escorted me to the section in frozen foods holding the macarons. Macarons in a box with a cellophane wrapper. Still skeptical, I bought a box and looked forward to getting these home to have a try.
They were pretty darn good! Chocolate and vanilla flavors. Packaged quite well, only one was slightly damaged. If you don’t have time to get to your local bakery that bakes up macarons or don’t have time yourself to whip up a batch…these just may satisfy your macaron craving until you do!
I Love Macarons – by Hisako Ogita
There are many informative and excellent tutorials, demonstrations and tips out on the blogosphere about macarons. While there are several books devoted to macarons, most of them are written in French. We are lucky to have the book by Hisako Ogita I Love Macarons. It’s an 80-page book laden with inspiration and ideas for macaron making at home. There’s also some good troubleshooting tips in the event that your macaron turns out less than expected.
Heart Shaped Macarons at Williams Sonoma
Image Credit: Annabelle Breakey
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Williams Sonoma is offering heart macarons $29 for a dozen. These macarons are chocolate red-velvet macarons with ganache filling combined with white chocolate.
I like the idea of the macarons being heart-shaped!