Have you ever tried French macarons? These heavenly French pastries are world-renowned for their deliciously unique taste and colors. They can be found in a wide variety of flavors that range from the traditional to the new. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann invites you to come and savor France’s finest macarons, baked many acclaimed pastry chefs such as Dalloyau, Jean-Paul Hévin, Sadaharu Aoki, and Pierre Hermé. Pierre Hermé was awarded the title of World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
What do French macarons taste like?
Macarons have a particularly pleasant sugary texture in the mouth. They are soft and moist, and they easily melt when they meet your tongue. Their shells can sometimes be crispy, which brings a delightful contrast of textures when you reach the smooth and creamy filling sandwiched within the pastry coating. Classical flavors such as chocolate, vanilla or raspberry can be tried at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, but if you are seeking for a true taste adventure, you are welcome to delight your senses with unique savors such as foie gras, matcha, mandarin, rose, violet, blackcurrent, cinnamon or even pine! Except for cinnamon, these flavors of macarons are very different from those available in America, which include strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly, candy cane, or maple bacon.
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What are French macarons made of?
French macarons are made of smooth, thin and flavorful meringue shells made with egg whites, ground nuts, icing sugar and food coloring. The almond crust can be sandwiched around anything you love, such as ganache, jam, caramel, buttercream frosting or cream-based fillings. If you are a creative pastry cooker, French macarons are a perfect springboard for you to try your wildest color and flavor blends!
Good to know: macaron or macaroon?
Many Americans confuse macaron and macaroon. The first one is a meringue-based pastry made of two rounded coating shells which are used to “sandwich” a fruity or creamy filling. Macarons have a dainty, crispy and airy texture, and can be found in many different tastes and colors, unlike the macaroon. The macaroon is the American word for a dense, flourless pastry. Macaroons are made of tender mounds of shredded coconut, and have no filling. While you can prepare coconut macaroons rather quickly, French macarons are generally more difficult to make, especially if you want to obtain a perfect texture for the shells which should be very smooth. If bumps remain, it means that the almond wasn’t ground finely enough or wasn’t sifted to take out the chunks.
Where to buy French macarons?
Be sure to buy authentic and tasteful French macarons to bring back to friends and family. Here at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, we invite you to discover the house of Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé in 3 different locations:
- on the 1st floor and lower ground floor of the main store
- on the ground floor of Maison & Gourmet
Useful information to come try macarons at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
Galeries Lafayette Maison & Gourmet
35, Boulevard Haussmann