Macaron Madness

Macarons have been a firm fixture on the foodie agenda for a while now so we’re all familiar with these delicate little bite-size gems. They’ve proven to be more than just a passing fad and can now be found in many cafes, bakeries and desserts nationwide.

If delicate macarons are more your style and you’ve always wanted to know the secrets to perfecting a crispy shell, smooth ganache and distinctive ‘feet’, then you’d do well to enrol in Baroque’s Macaron Masterclass to learn all the tips and tricks from expert pâtissier Jean Michel Raynaud. In this class you’ll get your hands dirty with a practice round of piping to fine-tune your technique before the real thing. In between you’ll whip up velvety chocolate ganache, salt-spiked caramel and the shells themselves, which are flavourless but can be coloured in any shade your heart desires.

If you’re not a fan of DIY then it’s still worth visiting Baroque to sample the myriad of flavours on offer, ranging from jasmine and rosewater to pistachio & sour cherry.

Sydney is also abuzz about the recent opening of iconic Laduree in Westfield Sydney. Through their expertise in making traditional pastries, Ladurée offers a glimpse of the richness that is French culture. And if you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to macarons then look out for the much anticipated Ladurée and Lanvin collaboration macaron sets, which contain eight bubblegum flavoured macarons and come in boxes with decorative illustrations finished with red grosgrain ribbon.

Adriano Zumbo has always been a big name in the sweet stuff and hi s current menu takes inspiration from the infamous 18th century French Pattisier Marie Antoine Careme. Some of his unique cakes have taken a traditional turn this season, such as the Lemon meringue tart, St Honoré, Charlotte and Millefeuille, to mirror the more traditional cakes seen in French patisseries. If you can’t get to a store you can still try some Zumbo magic at home with his new range of bake at home dessert kits which includes macarons in passionfruit and the top-selling flavour, salted caramel.

Jean Pierre Sancho , voted Australia’s Favourite Bakery in the 2012 LifeStyle FOOD I Love FOOD Awards has been working on a series of special edition truffle macarons for the Mundaring Truffle Festival, plus they now deliver their macarons straight to your door in special insulated packaging.

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