Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Macarons from Bouchon

Most likely many of you, who read other food blogs, have heard about the macarons. That's not macaroons, but macarons. I think that would be pronounced, in the French, like mac-a-rown. The s is silent, and you'd nasalize the rown too. Very swishy. I'd seen pictures of these gems on some other blogs, but two weeks ago when DH and I drove through Yountville and stopped at Bouchon Bakery, they had bunches in their display case. I had to try one, in chocolate. It was only (ha) $3.00 for one. It stayed in the car for 2 days before I brought it into my cousin Maxine's house, where we were staying in Walnut Creek. We cut it in 4 quarters. I ate my two quarters in a jiffy. They're hard to describe, other than luscious. Soft. Smooth. These had a lovely chocolate flavor. Ideal with a hot beverage of some sort.

Probably only upscale bakeries will have these, and I'd guess Bouchon's would have ranked up there with the best there are outside of Paris. This macarons was absolutely to die for. If I see them again I'll definitely buy more. Well, maybe just one. They're quite rich with the filling in the center. Who knows how many calories there are. I don't want to know! The meringue-like outside cookie part is not crunchy or chewy, but has just a little bit of texture. And the filling was so utterly smooth. So, there's your lesson in French and pastry for the day.


Toffeeapple said...

Hi Carolyn,

The French would pronounce them as macaroh. They kind of 'swallow' the 'n' and make the 'o' a long sound as in 'on'.

I thought I was going to direct you to Chocolate & Zucchini where there was a recipe but I was wrong, there was just a blog post about them. But have a look at C & Z anyway, it's by a French girl whose English is perfect and she has a good sense of humour too.

These little confections have appeared in many blags over the last few months but I can't say that they'd be available in England. I love Macaroons anyway, as long as they are crisp on the outside and gooey in the centre!

Carolyn T said...

Toffeeapple - yes, I've been a reader of Clothide's Chocolate & Zucchini for as long as I've been reading food blogs. And it probably was her blog where I saw the first picture of one of these. Other bloggers that I read have also tried them at the few places where they're found. I guess they're a real trial to make. And thanks for the corrected pronunciation of the word.