Monday, August 1, 2011

Les Macarons

Ladurée is a prestigious French maison of pastries and cakes, famous also for the incredibly light shells of meringue with the most delicious flavors of ganache inside, called macarons in French.

Ladurée flyer with the assortment of flavors.


The macarons were introduced to France by  Caterina de’ Medici, a wealthy Florentine who in 1533, at the age of fourteen, married the future King Henry II of France, who was also of the same age at the time.  The Florentine cooks who went with her brought the secrets of Italian cooking  including canard a l’orange and the pastry makers used their innovative genius with sorbets and ice creams,  pastries and of course pasta dishes.

laduree macaroons
Colorful Macarons

Paris store

rendering of corner-Laduree Milan -
Rendering for the Milanese new store.

In September 2011 another Ladurée store will open in Milan, the second one in a few years, and it will be designed by the famous French architect  Jean Nouvel.  I can’t wait to see it (well actually not just to see...)

If you have a few moments enjoy the sweet, in every sense, Ladurée website (HERE) it will bring you back to your childhood!

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Theresa Cheek said...

well, you had me with the first photograph...the filtered light hitting the edges of the is nice to know another store is opening!

A CRITIC'S EYE said...

Like Maurice Chevalier in Gigi, I remember it well.

the modern sybarite ™ said...

I must be the ONLY one in the world who is not smitten with macaroons .. everybody I know loves them. What I can say, is the perfection in putting them together can ONLY be work of the French.

peggy braswell said...

My mouth is watering, these are beautiful. Thank you

La Petite Gallery said...

So when do we get them in Maine??
They look devine. Maybe I will give it a shot and try to make them. Thanks for this mouth watering post..

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