Macaroons from “le roi des macarons,” Ladurée of Paris. Here, Cherry Amaretto and Apricot Ginger macaroons. Deftly combining flavors and colors is a Ladurée signature.
Ladurée Macaroon Recipe
If You Can’t Get To Paris, Try To Reproduce Them
If you love macaroons, put a visit to Paris’s Ladurée on the "100 Things To Do Before You Die” list. Until then, try your hand at making the elaborate macaroons at home. This is Page 1 of a two-page article. Click on the black links below to visit Page 2.
No one tells us they’re going to Paris anymore, because they know we’ll beg them to bring back two boxes of macaroons from Ladurée, Paris’s international temple of macaroon holiness. The great success of Ladurée’s macarons is threefold:
While the original macaroons were simple almond meringues (see The History Of Macaroons), French macarons can be spectacularly colored and flavored meringue “sandwiches.” This concept was invented by Pierre Desfontaines Ladurée, who, at the beginning of the 20th century, had the idea to join two meringues into a sandwich cookie filled with ganache. The concept expanded, and today, centers of ganache, buttercream, jam or salt caramel (and who knows what’s around the corner) offer a seemingly limitless combination of colors and flavors.
A precious box of Ladurée macarons, couriered back from Paris—a multicolored, multiflavored feast. Showing, from bottom left, are Pistachio, Bitter Chocolate, Four Red Fruits, Violet Cassis, Salted Butter Caramel, Strawberry, Cherry Amaretto, Chocolate and Ginger Lime.
And now, you can make your own! (Recipe on next page.)
More Memorable Paris Macarons
His chocolate macaroon has a chocolate caramel Fleur de Sel center. The macaroon with a Campari and grapefruit ganache is called “Americano Pamplemousse”—did Americans invent grapefruit juice with Campari? And we can’t get enough of those pretty pink rose macaroons with rose petal ganache or jam (it’s easy to find rose petal jam or jelly at Middle Eastern markets). You’re tempted to buy two of everything, until you realize they’re two Euros apiece.
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