Pierre Hermé Macarons in London:
We all have our weaknesses. Mine – chocolate, champagne and macarons. The latter, partly a fascination in the process of creating them, partly amazement at the range of flavours and colours. I’ve tried making my own at home (dismal failure) and in a class (reasonable success), but the version that worked for me in class was heavier and really tasted nothing like the crisp, explode-in-the-mouth morsels we tried at the launch of Pierre Hermé’s new collection.
This is the evolution of an earlier collection of ‘Les Jardins’ macarons, with new flavours to be launched each month throughout 2013. Each of the twelve new limited edition macarons were displayed under glass domes, and there were tasters for us all!
Some of the flavours were subtle – rose and ambergris for example, which will be on sale during May
Others, vibrant, tropical and rich, like the Jardin Pamplemousse, the first release, due to be on sale in January
And then some, so delicate and balanced that we sat trying to guess the flavour, like this Jardin Merveilleux with mandarin orange olive oil and cucumber water.
Pierre himself was on hand to answer questions about the new ‘Les Jardins’ collection and, there were copies of his latest book (in French) which will be launched in English in 2013. I couldn’t stay for long – the macarons were too tempting, while my heaving in-tray at the office was waiting. But, it was a fabulous experience and I was delighted to get the chance to try some of the new varieties (no, I really DIDN’T attempt to eat all twelve).
If you haven’t experienced the fragrant perfection of a Pierre Hermé macaron then it is worth getting your hands on just one…from Selfridges or his eponymous shop in Lowndes Street SW1. Be warned though, they are rather addictive.
For me, I returned with a box of the complete macaron collection to indulge in at home. And, although I wondered if I’d be able to eat them quickly enough (they are filled with a fresh cream ganache and have a shelf life of just a few days), they vanished with a day to spare.
From the subtle to the sublimely intense, this collection has something to please all palates. My favourite – maybe, Jardin Japonais with Morello Cherry, Lemon and Tonka Bean which is intended to create an ‘imaginary Sakura blossem that would taste like it had just arrived from Japan’. It will be available in April.
Pierre Hermé Macarons are available from
3 Lowndes Street, London SW1
400 Oxford Street, London W1U 1AT