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Published February 12th 2013
Macarons at Madeleines
I was looking for somewhere special to take my two daughters for lunch to celebrate a school success, and I immediately thought of Patisserie Madeleine.
Every time we go past they linger at the window looking longingly at the rows of colourful macarons. As for me, my mouth waters at the authentic French patisserie fare on offer. We tried tarte pomme caramel, choux Paris-Stockbridge , macarons framboise, and macarons fraise bois. They were all delicious.
In the tarte pomme caramel, a slightly salty caramel off-set the sweet apple and a very crunchy base. The choux Paris Stockbridge had a praline mousseline, basically a nutty tasting cream, with a shot of pure praline at the centre of the cream. These are rich, indulgent French pastries at their best.
There were a lot of choices, and it was very difficult to decide.
The girls loved their macarons, and I had a tiny taste. Macarons are tricky to get right, a crisp shell needs to give way to a gooey, moist centre, and without an interesting filling they can be sickly sweet. These were just right. They loved the slightly jammy filling, and the bright pink colour appealed to them both.
So many different flavours, all in French. We had fun trying to translate.
Patisserie Madeleine is little patisserie, which specialises in the inventive and delicate creations. Don't go in expecting to have a hearty lunch as there's nary a sandwich or even a croque monsieur in sight. If you go in fully prepared for one of the finest coffee and cakes in Edinburgh, then you won't be at all disappointed. The patisseries are beautifully made; I'm looking forward to trying the large macaron rose framboise on a future visit.
The patisserie selection - we've gazed longingly in this window many times.
I've always imagined macaroons as little petit fours, but that macaroon in that first picture is humongous. I have no idea what is in the penultimate photo, but it looks heart-attacking gorgeous. Some kind of deconstructed sticky toffee pudding?