Today, it seems appropriate to introduce the delightful concoction known as the macaron, both because we’ve received questions about the picture heading our blog and because we’ve been doing a lot of macaron tastings at the bakery lately.
Yes, the “sweet hamburgers” greeting you from the top of our page are a French invention called the macaron (not to be confused with the macaroOn, a similar yet completely different dessert). A macaron can best be described as a sandwich consisting of a cream or fruit jelly encased in two almond-flavored meringue cookies. Contrary to what I just said, that description is far from being the best and doesn’t quite do these sinful sandwiches justice, so please check out the greatest resource known to man for more information – Wikipedia.
Our in-house pastry mastermind Rodney Weddle recently started rolling out delicious macarons for La Tour Bakehouse. So far, our flavors include chocolate, strawberry, green tea (the three that you see in our header), coffee, mango, vanilla, passion, and coconut. However, we are far from satisfied with this assortment, so we are constantly trying out new flavors and combinations. Yesterday, we tasted guava. Today, we tasted plain peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly, and peanut butter and chocolate. Imagine biting into this delicate dessert and feeling the initial soft crack of the meringue cookies. Immediately and simultaneously, the cookies melt in your mouth, the indulgent combination of peanut butter/peanut butter and jelly/ peanut butter and chocolate floods your senses, and your teeth hit a chewy center. The complete experience is contradictory – crunchy and silky, fleeting and time-stopping. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Chef Rodney is THE man. And if you haven’t tried these sweet sandwiches yet, get your hands on them ASAP.
Right now, we know you’re frantically looking for your car keys and wondering WHERE, WHERE, WHERE can I find such treasures? Luckily for you, we sell them Tuesdays and Fridays from 7am to 2pm at the Fort Street Mall market and Saturdays from 7am to 11am at the KCC market. Try them out and tell us what you think. We’re betting you will enjoy them as much as we do. Oh, by the way, if you thought they couldn’t get any better, think again – we’re exploring Nutella macarons next.