The Chopping Block: Got a Sweetheart with a Sweet Tooth?
Valentine’s Day tends to conjure images of red roses next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Yawn. This year, why not celebrate the holiday with a different type of sweet treat for your honey like the classic Macaron?
Macarons are French confections that are currently seeing a resurgence. Larousse Gastronomique claims the sweet-filled meringue sandwich was created in 791 in a convent near Cormery, France. Today, you can easily find them in bakeries, and even learn how to make them at The Chopping Block’s hands-on Macaron Workshop.
To familiarize yourself with this little gem that obviously has staying power, here’s a little anatomy lesson of the macaron:
- Four main ingredients: almond flour, confectioner’s sugar, granulated sugar, egg whites
- Skin: egg shell-like crust, which forms as the piped shell dries in the oven
- Foot: a textured ring at the base of the shell, which forms as moisture in the macaron turns to steam and rises
- Chewy center
- Creamy filling
Macarons (one “o”, pronounced “rohn”) often come in an array of colors and flavors. They shouldn’t be confused with another dessert called macaroons (two “oo” s, pronounced “roon”) which are little mounds of coconut cookie with a crunchy exterior and a soft, chewy interior.
Our pastry chefs love making macarons so much that this year, The Chopping Block is offering house-made, artisanal macarons for Valentine’s Day.
Our six different flavors of macaron are sure to leave your sweetheart swooning:
- Yellow: Lemon with Lemon Curd Filling
- Green: Pistachio with Pistachio Paste Buttercream Filling
- Pink: Rose with Raspberry Jam Filling
- Lilac with Whipped White Ganache Filling
- White: Vanilla with Espresso-Hazelnut Ganache Filling
- Brown: Chocolate with Ganache Filling
Each six-pack of macarons is $18, and orders are available for pickup on five different days around the holiday at Lincoln Square. You can also add on an order to up the romance for your Valentine’s Day cooking class.
Happy Valentine’s Day!