Chiffon de Pastry Art: Green Tea Macarons

Posted by Anisha | Posted in , , | Posted on 10/17/2010

2011 will be the Year of the Macaron on food is my nish, but that explanation will come later. First, I must tell you the story of how I popped my macaron cherry...

Just a few weeks before my sophomore year of college, my family decided to drop what they were doing and head to London and Paris. It was the opportune moment and by far, one of my favorite family excursions to date. Without sounding too cheesy, Europe is where I discovered my passion for talking about food and exactly how I like to travel, through food. After browsing through the Louvre galleries, we stopped for some sweets at Laudrée and that was where I met the macaron. Needless to say, I thought this "cookie" was phenomenal.

I wanted to perfect them in my own kitchen, but after several ugly mac-batches I'm in dire need of professional intervention by a dessert goddess. If you have anyone in mind, shoot me their contact information!

Thankfully, a few patisseries around Los Angeles delve out these beauties. That being said, your macaron need not be imported from Pierre Hermé or Laudrée. Even this sample of Parisians cannot tell the difference between McDonald's and Laudrée. And you thought you'd never see the day when McDonald's carried little Macs.

Chiffon de Pastry Art was a darling find in Arcadia, thanks to my bestie Jessica. Even though both of us were pregnant with food, twins Slaw Dogs and Polkatots, she insisted that I try their macarons. How could I, ms. sweet teeth, say no?

what pretty green feet! 

I haven't had the pleasure of trying a green tea macaron before, so I don't have much to compare it to. The macaron and its filling were made of matcha powder, the same powder used to flavor mochi and green tea ice cream. Due to the bitter, earthy taste of the matcha, the macaron wasn't very sweet and well-balanced. If you're a lover of matcha green tea, this is your kind of macaron. Mine, not so much.

flavors: green tea, strawberry, chocolate mango

Macarons were reasonably priced at $2.25 for their large size. The texture was a bit too chewy and you'd be better off heading to Euro Pane in Pasadena for their sea salt caramel and pistachio macarons. Opt for Chiffon's namesake instead!

Now that I've whet your appetite, feel free to send a macaron my way via red envelope!

Comments (4)

great mac story! i'm excited to learn why 2011 will be the year of the macaron!?

I think there is also a Chiffon in SierraMadre.

I'm always amazed at how low priced EuroPane's Macaron's our for such high quality! And I think EP might have a green tea mac. I gotta ck next time.

Nastassia: You'll know on the first of January!

Mike: Same Chiffon de Pastry Art?

I haven't seen green tea macs at EP! I'm learning how to make some soon at a Sur La Table class!

Do u know Green Tea now??

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