msp - french macarons
I've tried the macarons at Pardon My French and Patrick's. They were both yummy, but they were so lumpy in appearance and varied by size so much that they are obviously an after-thought for both bakeries. Does anyone in the Twin Cities focus on or specialize in macarons? If not, does anyone at least make smooth, consistently-sized ones?
Although I have no problem with lumpy and irregular macarons - isn't it all about the flavor? - you should try the macarons from Sweets Bakeshop:
They're both smooth and delicious. And, what's more important - they taste much better than Patrick's. (I can't rule on Pardon My French's version; I haven't tried them yet).
I had these macarons first at this summer's stand at the Mill City Farmer's market (chocolate, pistachio, lemon - all wonderful). Recently, I had a lavender-lemon macaron (bought at Surdyk's) that was AMAZING.
They have a store-front presence now, next door to Izzy's. Talk about multitasking for delicious errands!
I just sampled two of the flavors at Sweets. The texture, size, and taste were perfect. They are soft and chewy, with a slight crisp. The ones at Patrick's and Pardon My French are full of air bubbles and lumps, which creates an overly crunchy outside that shatters and crumbles when bitten into.
Thanks for the rec, Anne!
Just to clarify, the people at the Sweets Bakeshop say they don't supply Surdyks with macaroons. So the source of that Lavender-Lemon macaroon is a mystery.
But I ate a million macaroons from Sweets Bakeshop over the holidays - I really like the Basil-Mint Macaroons, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chocolate-Chipotle Macaroons! (Not to mention the always-wonderful Salted Caramel Macaroons.)
Macarons have certainly become the sweet-of-the-moment in the last several months. They're popping up all over, like cupcakes did before them. Try them here:
The baker here made her name on cupcakes and macarons, period.
2042 Marshall Ave
St Paul MN 55104
(Also offered at Local D'Lish in Minneapolis, and at Mill City Farmers Market when it's open.)
Nothing made here is an "afterthought"
The Salty Tart
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis MN 55407
(Also supplying the pastry counter at Java Jacks, 46th & Bryant in Minneapolis.)
Haven't tried these:
401 North Robert Street
St. Paul MN 55101
I haven't seen macarons at Maison Darras, though I'll bet if you asked, they'd make you some. The husband and wife who run this lovely place are very amenable to customer suggestions. And their desserts are great - I've tried the sable' cookies (like shortbread), brownies, and chocolate-chip cookies. All lovely.
Such a timely post! I've been on a macaron hunt since I returned from a trip to Paris on October. I'm partial to fruit macarons--a strawberry-basil at Gerard Mulot was my favorite--so I'm disappointed that Sweets doesn't carry a basic raspberry or lemon. But I'll definitely check them out.
I was at Patisserie Margo this summer and got a passion fruit/chocolate macaron.... been wanting to go back since and can't give a reasonable explanation as to why I haven't. They supposedly make pain au chocolat like they do in Paris as well. Also on my list of reasons to go back. A croissant with a bar of chocolate in the middle is not pain au chocolat.
surdyks is carrying macarons - but i didn't catch who was supplying them...
they are always so beautiful and i always think i should nab one, but usually by that time i've got 2 lbs of specialty chocolates, a basket of cheese, olives and bread and am feeling mighty gluttonous.:)
Okay, I'll give credit to Sweets. What Krista does with bacon, goat cheese and KarmelKorn in her cupcakes is obsenely good. But, for macaroons, I have to go with the newly opened Patisserie 46 on 46th and Grand in MPLS. The Earl Grey with Orange Marmalade are the greatest.
Anyone know what other flavors of macarons Patisserie 46 has? Wish they had a list on their website, but they don't and it's a bit of a trek for me to go there so it's not like I can just pop in and see for myself. I just got back from Paris and like someone else said, I'm missing the fruit filled macarons from Pierre Herme and Laduree.