Friday, January 31, 2014

Lavender Orange Macarons

I believe the macaron is the ultimate expression of French pastry, which is saying a lot. Indeed, it's among my top five favorite things to eat. (Don't ask about the other four; they change from time to time and in any event are food for another post.)

Having learned to make them at Atelier des Chefs in Paris about ten years ago, I make macarons at least a couple of times a year. They are technically challenging, requiring numerous delicate processes and steps, and I have to admit that every time they come out well, I am thrilled beyond words for what in the end is a minor achievement (compared to say, solving global warming or peace in the Middle East). But there it is, there's something addictive about both making and eating these wondrous cookies.

Here is a plate of few my favorites, Lavender Orange Macarons with Orange Buttercream, from a recipe by the brilliant Aran Goyoaga and my tried and true Atelier method. They are currently sitting in the fridge for 24 hours getting ready for distribution and consumption tomorrow.

Lavender Orange Macarons with Orange Buttercream
I can hardly wait to try them - nineteen hours to go.

Bobby Jay

1 comment:

Bobby Jay said...

Tasted them Saturday and distributed them to friends and colleagues of J at the Winter Antiques Show. As good as they looked.