Discovering the passion for macaroons
In purely structural aspects Macaroons are reminiscent of cream filled biscuits one used to have as kids. It was fun to lick the cream off and then munch on the biscuits. Going by appearances one can also relate them to NanKhatais. But the first bite of it and one knows that Macaroons are way different from those childhood recollections. Those hard crumbly exteriors of Nankhatai have given way to the delicate texture of these baked confectioneries which are enhanced with appealing fillings.
The Passion Fruit Macaroon is the Saffron crusted one
A few days back, I got an opportunity to taste Passion Fruit macaroons prepared by Le 15 Patisserie. I was dealing with two unknown quantities, a fruit which I have never heard of, and a confectionery which I had tasted once but hadn’t explored much. The macaroons had a bright saffron crust from outside, with a sweet-sour filling inside. The filling tasted much like apricot chutney I had as a kid, although not that strong. The flavors were mild and consistent with the delicate structure of macaroon. Unlike the similar looking NanKhatais or regular cookies, the Macaroons don’t leave a buttery taste inside mouth and the flavors don’t linger around for a long time.
I believe the world of macaroons deserves more exploration and I am sure it would lead to exciting and equally passionate discoveries.
Wrote this note as a part of the food writing workshop I did at Kalaghoda in Feb’2012. Thanks to Rushina for the tips and Pooja Dhingra for the Macaroons. Do visit Pooja’s store Le15 Patisserie ( http://www.le15.co.in ). A great experience it is!!!
Have you tasted macaroons?