Macarons make me think of three things. Decadence, holidays and Blair Waldorf.
Macarons are luxurious little delicacies. Often brightly coloured, usually exotic flavour combinations and almost always boxed to perfection. The very act of going in to a Ladurée shop and being hit by the overwhelming scent of sweetness, then choosing your box and selecting a bounty of treats, is so extravagant. Even the little bag they give you to carry away the little box is so over the top wonderful! Yes, they are a little pricey but it’s not something I do every day.
Which is why they remind me of holidays. No trip to London is complete without a stop at the Harrods branch of Ladurée, although last time I tried Pierre Herme instead. The macarons were divine it’s just the experience, a concession within Selfridges, isn’t quite as glamourous.
Glamour being an essential part of the perfect macaron, which is why, no doubt, they are Blair Waldorf’s , of Gossip Girl fame, favourite. Sure she’s kinda mean, and bitchy, but she had the best clothes and even dated Dan Humphrey, she had it all! Her favourite were pistachio, which is a excellent choice. I enjoy salted caramel and rose flavours.
Despite all that, these macarons are keeping it real and down to earth in the flavour department. The name, and the method, and the terminology may be fancy but chocolate and peanut butter is simple and delicious. My favourite EVER flavour combination. So making these macarons was a total no-braner!