The LADURÉE Macarons: A box of love

Sharon bought me a box of Ladureé macarons from Paris. Holding the box, I became a small kid again, amused by the soft and delicate round of naughtiness that comes in every imaginable colour and flavour.

These macarons just have the most lovely, perfect innards. The macaron shells have a nice, smooth, crisp outer layer, and super moist insides that manage to provide a slight chewiness to the macaron but remaining very light at the same time. And the generous layer of buttercream that just melts in your mouth… oh the whole thing just melds so nicely together. My favorite new flavor is the Jasmine, elegant with a light perfume. The Pistachio, an all time favorite of mine, was distinct and nutty, but not overpowering, a wonderful classic.

I am not exactly sure why so many people want to make macarons. They’re not really something people would consider making at home: like baguettes and croissants, It's so difficult to dabble into to get it right and is better off buying from gourmet patisseries.

Ladureé Paris

Laudureé Tokyo

TWG Macarons

Pierre Hermé Tokyo
1900s thaPierre Desfontaines of Parisian pastry shop and café Ladurée decided to take two cookies and fill them with ganache. Today Ladurée continues to be one of the first stops for macaron-crazed fans in Paris. No longer a humble almond cookie, the macaron turned into a versatilely flavored treat with a thin, light crust briefly giving way to a layer of moist almond meringue following by a center of silky smooth filling.

These brightly coloured, mini meringues, daintily sandwiched together with gooey fillings, have become a holy grail for cookery fanatics too, and hotly debated recipes abound with entire books and food blogs dedicated to them. Over the years I had been hunting for the best macarons. From Hong Kong to Tokyo and Europe. Pierre Hermé, TWG, homegrown canelé to the famed Ladureé Paris and Toyko. I reckon Ladureé Tokyo had the best ones. Not as sweet as the Paris ones. TWG makes pretty good ones as well.

My Favorite in HK
Till Next Post, SS.

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