Saturday 29 August 2009

Macarons with one Oh

The macaron is a traditional French pastry, made of egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and sugar. This sweet pastry came out of the French courts' baker's oven as round meringue-like domes with a flat base. (source: Wikipedia)

Months ago Claire recommended that I look for and try this French delight here. Little did I know that PAUL, a chain of French patisserie in UK, is selling it and they have a branch just a few blocks away from my London office. Tsk! Oh well, it’s better late than never as last weekend I finally had a taste of this little devil. And I have been craving for it ever since.

This afternoon I browsed their website for the nearest shop and what a joy!, I don’t have to go all the way to London. There is one just 20 minutes by train, in Richmond. I dashed to the nearest train station right away, got there as fast as my short legs could manage.

Oh there you are pareng PAUL!

These little devils may not be as fancy looking as the other sinful treats, but don’t be fooled. They’re good. It is expensive, the lot of them.

As soon as I sank my teeth into its soft and a little bit chewy crust and then reached that cold, creamy filling, well blimey! I forgot my name! I had to force myself to slowly savour it and it took every ounce of my self control not to rush to the counter to order another one. Don't I deserve a pat on the back?

Macaron pistache - perfect with my coffee.

Before I left the shop I saw this at the display window. A box of mini macarons of every flavour!

Hmmm diet? What diet?