My macaron craze

First of all, macarons are not the same as macaroons. Macarons are tiny cookies with delicate shells that nearly melt in your mouth. I’ve said they’re like French Oreos before, but that’s only because they’re sandwich cookies. Imagine a fluffy pink Oreo with raspberry jam in the middle. Voila!

My first macaron was last year in France. Our hotel left two in our room, and Phil and I popped them in our mouths without question. I think our eyes almost immediately rolled back in pleasure. Neither of us knew what they were, though.

I’ve now had macarons from two different Houston bakers. Here are my comparisons:

Maison Burdisso – available at several locations, I got them at the Midtown Farmer’s Market; overall, the shells are perfectly made and the flavors are delicate and very European, but very sweet.

  • Red Velvet – Wow! It was like a tiny bite of red velvet cake in macaron form. So delicious.
  • Vanilla Bean – Nice and delicate, light flavor.
  • Pear – Very peary, great green color
  • Raspberry – One of my favorite flavors!
  • Lemon – my least favorite, the egg white flavor came through and overpowered the lemon.
  • Pomegranate – sweet and tart

Green Eyed Susan – available for delivery or at French Country Wines many Saturdays; overall, Susan is more generous with her filling and her cookies aren’t as sickly sweet.

  • Lemon – Wow! The shell was perfectly delicate. The flavor was amazing. I couldn’t be happier.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate – This one was very brownie like. The outside of the shell reminded me exactly of the flaky crust you get on top of brownies. That being said, I wasn’t as pleased with the chewy texture. It was delicious, though.
  • Spiced Carrot (Spring specialty) – Yummy! Reminds me of spice cake; great macaron texture.
  • Raspberry – it has a zingy filling that I’m not overly fond of.
  • Green Eyed Susan Signature – Sooooo good! The flavor reminds me of really good vanilla ice cream. I think the filling is supposed to be white chocolate, but creamy vanilla was definitely what I tasted – and loved!

So for me, it’s kind of a wash. Maison Burdisso’s cookies were all pretty sugary, and the flavors were very refined, but that’s not always what you want; the texture was always spot on. Susan’s flavors were all delicious and somewhat more geared to American palates, but her shell texture was a tad spotty. I had favorites at both places. Maison Burdisso’s Red Velvet and Pomegranate were awesome; Susan’s Lemon, Spiced Carrot and Signature were amazing. Maison Burdisso offers more flavors overall and are a tad easier to procure because she sells in so many spots.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kristen
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 01:08:42

    Sounds divine! Now I think I need to try some!


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