Posts tagged ‘macaron’

March 23, 2012

Dumouchel: A French Bakery in Leeds

I love Paris and I love French bakeries. On our regular pilgrimage to Paris, I spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking about food. One of the absolute pleasures to be had in the city is to buy yourself a basic picnic; bread from the baker, cheese from a fromagerie, tomatoes from one of the many street markets, and then spend some leisurely time in a park, watching the city go by as you munch your way through it all.

Luckily for me, I don’t have to go all the way to France to enjoy the pleasure that is great French bread, because I live near Dumouchel. Based in Garforth, east Leeds, Dumouchel supply some of the independent cafes and lunch places that are dotted around the city so you may have eaten their lovely bread without even realising it. I’m lucky enough to visit quite regularly. When my brother and sister in law moved house, I bought her a platter of tiny, perfect patisserie for their house warming party. At a birthday gathering this year we had a Dumouchel chocolate torte. Impossibly shiny and perfect on top, decorated with chocolate curls, it was a deliciously grown up alternative to a cake. I’m planning to ask for a citrus one for my own birthday (a note to my lovely husband!)

On my last visit, I couldn’t resist treating myself to a handful of macaron, in rose, violet and lavender. A delicate, sophisticated series of flavours, I loved them all. I was also given a free baguette by the lovely people in the shop, which we all shared. It was the perfect French baguette and evoked lots of lovely memories of wandering around my favourite city. Thankfully, I can return to Dumouchel rather more easily than Paris, so I’ll be going again very soon…

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August 17, 2011

Stylish and sweet.

Fashions come and go with food as much as they do with skirt lengths or trouser widths.

The American muffin has never quite recovered from its unfortunate associations with the bit of untrained stomach hanging over the top of a waistband, now fetchingly referred to as a ‘muffin top’. We have moved on, through the cupcake, to the whoopie pie. I’m still a cupcake fan myself, although do prefer the name ‘fairy-cake’ or plain old ‘bun’, which must of course, be said with a Yorkshire accent for the correct effect.

One food that has never been unfashionable is the macaron. French, light and beautiful, they come in the colours of the rainbow and sophisticated flavours such as rose and pistachio. Parisian favourite Pierre Hermé is as much part of my annual Parisian pilgrimage as Chanel. The grande dame of the macaron, though, is of course, Ladurée. The company has several locations across Paris and now the you can order online from Harrods in the UK, making them a treat accessible for me on a more regular basis, hurrah! Although I’ve indulged in these beauties on many an occasion, I’ve never attempted to make one.

Until today.

It has taken two days (although a considerable part of that was leaving things to rest in the fridge) but I have finally finished my attempt to make the beautiful macaron. I used a recipe from Ladurée, which was published in the Paris edition of Stylist magazine. Ladurée Macaroons Citron / In This Week’s Issue / Stylist Magazine.

Although mine don’t quite look like the ones in the magazine, I’m still pretty pleased with them!

Macaron a la Margot and Barbara...