Whether walking the streets throughout Europe where bakeries and patisseries are a part of everyday life; or strolling among the streets of New York, DC, Chicago and Los Angeles, it's difficult to miss this love affair many have for the macaron.
What's the point in taking a classic French confection and fusing it with a famous American junk food? I see an interesting trend in our ever-changing food culture: the artisanal junk food movement, led by Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar.
As I nearly inhaled the most amazing salted caramel buttercream macaron I've ever met in my life, I made a new buddy behind the counter -- Simon. My fast friend offered me another sweet treat, and I obliged (because when Simon says, you follow suit).
Macarons are a perfect accompaniment to your late-morning tea or afternoon espresso. Fluffy coffee-flavored cookies are paired with a rich ganache filling, then dusted gently with cocoa powder. The ultimate bittersweet combination.
Over the past few years, macarons have made their way across the pond, quickly becoming an American obsession. Macarons may seem like finicky cookies at first, but with a little time and care you'll be enjoying these delicate treats in your own kitchen.
Lenôtre, Dalloyau, Gérard Mulot... whisper just one of these magical names to any sweet tooth in the know and you will see eyes light up, lips twitch into a smile and the word macaron will roll gently off of the tongue, escape on a sigh.