One of my favorite cities in the world is Paris. Nothing evokes romance more than Paris–the Eiffel Tower, the cafe in a centuries-old alley, the boat ride down the Siene, and the food! Oh, the food. Nothing makes me say “Oh-la-la” more than the food in Paris.
Everything tastes so much better in Paris. Maybe it’s the water. Maybe it’s the freshness of the food. Or maybe it’s just that they make the food the same way they have had for centuries (hello, unpasteurized cheese!). Aside from the bread and cheese, two of my favorite foods to eat when I’m in Paris is foie gras which is not easily available in the U.S. and French macarons. Since, there’s very little I can do regarding getting the authentic foie gras, I had to force myself to learn how to make French macarons. These little suckers are hard to make. It took me no less than a dozen times to perfect my technique but they are, oh, so worth it.
For the easiest recipe, follow this link to a Youtube video by Honeysuckle Catering. She also has a recipe for a buttercream filling. I personally made my own simple concoction for the filling as I like my desserts with less sugar. This is so easy and fool proof:
1. 8-ounces of mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
2. 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
3. 1 teaspoon of vanilla
4. 1/4 cup of sugar
Mix until smooth, with no lumps.
I apparently do not have a good picture of the ones I’ve made but I have this picture I made for my kids’ teachers. They make a great gift!
I’ve also used Nutella, seedless raspberry jam, and Trader Joe’s cocoa-almond spread for fillings. You really cannot go wrong with the filling.
So try this recipe and bring a little bit of Paris into your home.