In a previous post, I discussed my obsession with all things French or Parisian. So this probably won’t come as much of a surprise when I discuss my new fascination with French macarons. This is certainly not to be confused with the American macaroon. I’ve only had French macarons once in my life and all I remember was eating the little sweet treats with such happiness. Best served with tea and a wonderfully delicious book to completely immerse yourself.
Now in Boston, there aren’t many places that even sell (let alone bake from scratch) these little nuggets of sweetness. Located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge is L.A. Burdick Chocolate Cafe which may be one if not the only bakery in metro Boston to make them from scratch. Petit Robert Bistro in Boston’s Kenmore area also offers these treats in their dessert menu. However, I’ve been told that the cuisine is not to be desired from a native Parisian — so I’m a bit apprehensive to experiment with their desserts.
Originated 80 years ago at Ladurée in Paris, this colorful pastry has expanded beyond local Parisian patisseries to bakeshops in lucky American cities and WAS offered at Starbucks (only from 12/13/09-12/26/09 unfortunately). However, with bakeries who prepare these fresh still slightly limited — the internet seems to be the main resource in which to experience such goodies.
In any case, in 2009 we saw the revival of all things cupcake. Red velvet, egg nog, cappuccino, pumpkin. If you thought of a flavor — it was probably made.
Will this be the year of the French macaron?