Not having ever been big fans of macarons, we decided to at least taste some of Pierre Hermé’s famed ones to see what all the fuss was about. This being our first Hermé experience, we stuck with the basics (rather than going for something like this or this right away), but couldn’t resist some of the limited edition, gold-dusted marron et thé vert matcha (chestnut and green tea) ones that are part of the winter 2009/2010 pastry collection. The verdict? Though they won’t shoot to the top of either of our lists, they are surprisingly good, with a delicate combination of crunchy and creamy textures and extremely well-balanced flavours. And the 15-piece box that Stéphane brought to Bois-Colombes the next day were polished off in a very timely fashion.
Sampled (roughly grouped by preference, with the top flight being the best):
marron et thé vert matcha (chestnut and green tea)
chuao (single origin chuao dark chocolate and black currant)
caramel au beurre salé (salted butter caramel)
coing et rose (quince and rose)
chocolat (single origin porcelana chocolate)
For the petits-fours size: 1.50 per macaron, 7.50 per sachet of 6, 24.50 per box of 15
72 rue Bonaparte (6th)
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77
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