Tuesday, June 15, 2010

French Macarons, dare I say the new cupcake?

I'd like to start by saying:
And I know you will too once you experience them...

They're pretty, they're mini, and they're French (all things I want to be).

These bite-size French pastries were once the hallmark of Ladurée, a small, 148-year-old chain of Parisian tea salons and pastry shops that packaged them in a small pastel-colored box.  Now, you can find them anywhere from the 5th floor at Bergdorf's (if they're out of pistachio you know I'm in the vicinity), online, or Trader Joe's in delicious flavors like pistachio, strawberry, chocolate, or lemon to name a few.  


They look as good as they taste and add the perfect touch to any tea/dinner party:
Surrounded by other pastries/flowers:
On an ordinary plate:
On a three-tiered stand

Or else to add that 'Wow' factor to your next dessert!
Moeylicious Cake: (WOW!)

or a Croquembouche

Want to make them yourself? Let Martha show you how here.

Nutritionplugged, Wall Street journal-Sara Rosso, Bobetteandbelle.com, kristen's kitchen adventure, Vanilla & Lace, Hip Hostess-Mowielicious Macaron Cake, macarondiaries.com, recipe: Martha Stewart

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