My schedule lately has included a lot of traveling back and forth to Savannah to visit my grandson in hospital. While I’m there, I can enjoy one of my favorite tea treats. I’ve mentioned Maison de Macarons in a previous post here. On my last visit I discovered that the name had changed slightly and that there may be a franchise opportunity in the works.
I have fond memories of my Mom’s homemade coconut macaroons (pronounced mah-kah-ROON) that she made at Christmas, but the French macaron (mah-kah-ROHN) is a whole different ballgame. They both contain whipped egg whites, but the similarity really ends there. One is homey and easy to prepare, while the other takes the skill of a pastry chef.
You’ve probably noticed how trendy macarons have become lately, popping up in all the magazines. Even my “Complete Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Cookbook” features these pretty treats on the cover. I was also surprised that Sam's Club is selling authentic French macarons for the holidays. Not sure how they can preserve these delicate confections that are best refrigerated and eaten within a few days.
This was the luscious variety that I brought home on my last visit to Savannah. I’m ashamed to say that I only shared two, but at least they are a low calorie indulgence with around 100 calories each. If you’d like to try making your own, Bed, Bath & Beyond is selling a kit with everything you need, although I would probably want to invest in the special baking trays as well.
I was a little disappointed that the Matcha flavor was dropped at Marche de Macarons to make room for more seasonal varieties (like pumpkin), but some new favorites are beckoning.
Between trips to Marche de Macarons and Goose Feathers Café, I can see a diet will be in my near future. ☺