VIVE LE MACARONS!

Today I’d like to talk about the macaron ( it’s one of my favorite tea cakes ) !

The macaron, a part of being beautiful, is really delicious! I bet that who has already tried it now agrees! I’m sure of it!

Everytime I go to Paris a must is a call on Pierre Hermè, a French confectioner and an undisputed master of the excellent macarons.

French Vogue magazine dubbed him “The Picasso of Pastry”.

His macarons are irresistible for their colours, their delicacy, and the variety of their flavours.

But don’t worry! You don’t have to go to Paris to taste this delicacy; there are very good confectioners’ in Italy too.

But before listing the best places where you can eat them, I’d like to tell you every detail of the history and the “biography” of the macarons.

What’s the macaron?

macaron  is a sweet meringue-based confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. Its name is derived from the Italian wordmaccarone or maccherone.

The confectionery is characterised by its smooth, squared top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the “foot”), and flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth.Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavors.The fillings can range from jams to ganache to butter.

Since the English word macaroon can also refer to the coconut macaroon, many have adopted the French spelling of macaron to distinguish the two items in the English language. However, this has caused confusion over the correct spelling. Some recipes exclude the use of macaroon to refer to this French confection while others think that they are synonymous.

It’s quite difficult to make macarons.

But don’t worry ! After trying and trying a lot of recipes I finally managed to discover the perfect macaron! I can assure you that I’ve spent a lot of time to find the right recipe -I’ve been trying to do macarons for almost fifteen times before managing to do it in the right way.-

In the end mixing a bit of techniques of one recipe and some of another one, I succeeded in this enterprise !

As soon as I have my recipe book at hand and if this post has enough visits, I will give you the recipe!

History

Although predominantly a French confection, there has been much debate about its origins.

Larousse Gastronomique cites the macaron as being created in 1791 in a convent near Cormery. Some have traced its French debut back to the arrival of Caterina De Medici’s Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry second of France.

In the 1830s, macarons were served two-by-two with the addition of jams, liqueurs, and spices. The macaron as it is known today was called the “Gerbet” or the “Paris macaron” and was created in the early 20th Century by Pierre Desfontaines of the French pâtisserie Ladurèe,composed of two almond meringue discs filled with a layer of buttercream, jam, or ganache filling.

Where eat them?

Fristly pay attention to those confectioners’ that make you believe that some crispy ,colorful and without tasting biscuits are macaron.

In my opinion the best confectioner’s to eat them is Pierre Hermè …but here in Italy there is no one of them so you can go to Ladureè (you have surely heard of it , it’s very famous!). I have to say that is really good but it’s not at the same level as Pierre Hermè .

Where can you find Pierre Hermè ?

PÂTISSERIE PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

PÂTISSERIE PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

72 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris

Opening hours

  • Monday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Friday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am – 7:00pm

Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77

Lovers of fine pastries the world over are drawn to Pierre Hermé Paris 72, rue Bonaparte in Paris, at the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés

PÂTISSERIE PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

185 rue de Vaugirard 75015 Paris

Opening hours

  • Monday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday9:00am – 5:00pm

Tel : +33 (0)1 47 83 89 97

At the heart of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, one can savour the full offer of pastries, macarons and chocolates from Pierre Hermé Paris

PÂTISSERIE PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

185 rue de Vaugirard 75015 Paris

Opening hours

  • Monday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sunday9:00am – 5:00pm

Tel : +33 (0)1 47 83 89 97

At the heart of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, one can savour the full offer of pastries, macarons and chocolates from Pierre Hermé Paris

MACARONS & CHOCOLATS PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

58 avenue Paul Doumer 75016 Paris

Opening hours

  • Monday1:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Friday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Sunday10:00am – 7:30pm

Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77

Between Trocadero and La Muette, Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé Paris is the essential stop for sweet pleasures on the right bank of Paris.

The pastries of Pierre Hermé Paris may also be pre-ordered. (Orders must be placed by telephone or in person, before 6:00 p.m. the evening prior to pick-up).

MACARONS & CHOCOLATS PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

39 avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris

Opening hours

  • Monday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Friday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Sunday10:00am – 7:30pm

Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77

Two steps away from Opéra Garnier, discover Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé Paris.

MACARONS & CHOCOLATS PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

Galeries Lafayette
40 boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
– Espace Chaussures et souliers
(Floor -1)
– Espace Créateurs (Floor 1)

From 27/06 to 11/08 :

Opening hours

  • Monday9:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday9:30am – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday9:30am – 8:00pm
  • Thursday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Friday9:30am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday9:30am – 8:00pm
  • Sundayclosed

Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77

Galeries Lafayette welcomes Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé Paris : on the first floor, in the “Espace Créateurs”, and on the lower level, in the “Espace Chaussures et Souliers”.

MACARONS & CHOCOLATS PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

133 avenue des Champs-Elysées

75008 Paris

Opening hours

  • Monday10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Friday10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 10:30pm
  • Sunday10:00am – 10:30pm

Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77

On the most beautiful avenue in the world, Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé Paris .

IN ENGLAND

MACARONS & CHOCOLATS PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

  • Selfridges – Ground floor
  • 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

Opening hours

  • Monday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Tuesday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Wednesday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Thursday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Friday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday11:30am – 6:00pm

Tel : +44 (0)207 318 39 08

Selfridge’s department store on Oxford Street in London is home to a Pierre Hermé Paris concession on the Ground Floor. Those looking for delectable gourmet pleasures will make it a point to shop in and enjoy the collection of “Macarons & Chocolats” by Pierre Hermé.

MACARONS & CHOCOLATS PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS

13 Lowndes Street, London SW1X

Opening hours

  • Monday10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Thursday10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Friday10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Saturday10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Sunday12:00noon – 5:00pm

Tel : +44 (0)207 245 03 17

Pierre Hermé Paris first flagship boutique in ultimate area of Belgravia, Knightsbridge. Those indulging in delectable gourmet pleasures will make it a point to shop in and enjoy the collection of “Macarons & Chocolats” by Pierre Hermé in an epicurean setting.

If you want further information look at this site : http://www.pierreherme.com/

Where can you find Ladurèe in Italy?

Ladurée Shops:

Ladurée Milan

Via Spadari, 6
20123 Milan, Italy
Tel : +39 02 87 61 49

Schedules and Opening Hours:

Ladurée Milan welcomes you:

Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Description:

The first Italian Ladurée is in the heart of Milan in the historic district, two steps from the Duomo, across from the Peck Institution, via Spadari.

Ladurée Milan at Excelsior

Galleria del Corso nr 4
Milan, Italie
Tel : +39 02/76281394

Schedules and Opening Hours:

Ladurée Milan at Excelsior welcomes you from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 8:30 p.m.

Ladurée Roma

Via Borgognona 4C
Roma – Italy
Tel : +390669941625

Schedules and Opening Hours:

Ladurée Roma welcomes you:

Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For further information :Home

I hope I have been helpful  and I also hope to see you soon ! =)

R.C

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