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I have never been to Paris, but when I eventually go there someday, I plan to visit the renowned pâtisseries of Pierre Hermé and Ladurée to try out all their macarons. Without a doubt, macarons are my favourite type of cookie. And since Jennifer of the Domestic Goddess has proclaimed cookies to be the theme for this month's Is My Blog Burning?, I chose to make three flavours of macarons: Matcha-Chestnut, Caramel-Fleur de Sel, and Toasted Sesame. Macarons (not to be confused with coconut macaroons) are characterized by their smooth and paper-thin, dome-shaped shell. Underneath is a chewy, cake-like layer, and underneath that, is a ruffled skirt called the feet. Macarons are simply made from egg whites, ground almonds and icing sugar, and they're often sandwiched together with a spread of buttercream or jam. The result is a 'cookie' that gives an initial crunch before slowly melting in your mouth. Continue »
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