Thursday, March 24, 2011

Le Jour du Macaron

What?! You didn't know that March 20, 2011, was Macaron Day? The celebration of Paris' quintessential cookie, Le Jour du Macaron, is now in its 6th year. It's a day to indulge in colorful treats created by France's top pastry chefs, to welcome Spring and raise money for charity.

Acclaimed pastry chef, Pierre Hermé, launched the event in 2005. He joins with fellow pâtissiers, members of the
Relais Desserts organization, to offer visitors a chance to sample these irresistible cookies without charge.

Here is a selection of macaron flavors from what is probably Paris' most famous macaron shop, Ladurée:

Le Jour du Macaron has crossed the Atlantic with Macaron Day New York 2011. The NYC site explains:

"The famous French macaron is a delicate round pastry with a crunchy outside and soft inside, made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Found in a wide variety of colors and flavors, from the traditional to the exotic, the crunchy outside is sandwiched together with a soft creamy center.

If you don't have a French bakery nearby, Trader Joe's has them in their frozen dessert section and they're good! These little treasures are addictive--not to be missed on a visit to Paris.

1 comment:

  1. Guilty as charged! Never had this treat in my life! BUT, after seing so many pretty and delicious images of that delight ~ next time im in Paris~ I'll try that for sure!)

    Im your new follower!