Macaroon or macaron? It’s not a case of tom-ah-to versus to-mae-toe – a macaron and a macaroon are completely different delicacies. The macaroon is a coconut-loaded confection that looks rather like a little snowball. A macaron is a crisp, thin shell with a distinct almond flavour, with a soft, chewy middle.
The best macarons in London? Many people say they’re found at Ladurée.
I stumbled on Ladurée’s Covent Garden branch and selected my eight macarons from the counter. After much indecision, I chose Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Lemon, Vanilla, Coffee, Pure Ghana Chocolate, Red Fruits, and Orange Blossom.
Quartered and shared with my in-laws over a cup of coffee later in the day, the general consensus was that the Vanilla macaron and the Red Fruits macaron were the favourites, with the Coffee macaron also a strong contender.
I’m quite excited to hear from my friend Rachel over at Cookery Addiction that Ladurée have opened a store in Sydney’s new Westfield City in Pitt Street, as I’ll be relocating to Sydney in the New Year.
I’m yet to have a go at baking my own macarons, and I’d love a simple recipe if you’d like to share with a macaron novice!
Have you visited Ladurée? What’s your favourite macaron flavour?