Sunday, August 18, 2013
Treat yourself: Joe The Baker’s macarons rival the best in the biz
And boxes of the treats are customizable, too.
Joe the Baker: You know him, you love him, and chances are, you covet his delicious macarons. Well, thankfully all of our begging and pleading has paid off, because Chef Baker has decided to produce his signature confection to sell to the masses via his website.
Trained in classical French preparation, by day Chef Baker spreads his knowledge of pastry at Le Cordon Blue. But when he is at home, you are sure to find him whipping up something new. I am a glutton for punishment, so I admit that I stalk his Instagram pictures just to see what he is baking. We are all friends here; you can admit that you do it too.
The macarons come in a box of 10 for $20. You can select two flavors per box from the site. There is a list of standard flavors, but you can email Chef Baker about a custom order if you’re feeling adventurous.
My box of macarons consisted of all the standards on the site: Bubble Gum, Very Vanilla, Strawberry Rose, Almond Mint, Cocoa Nib.
Everyone who knows me knows that San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit. Partly because of Yigit Pura’s bakery, Tout Sweet, in the Union Square area of San Francisco. Once I bit into the first macaron from Chef Baker, I was immediately craving the brisk, fresh air that you can only get from the bay area. To put it simply, Chef Baker’s macarons rival in flavor and technique one of my favorites.
All of the macarons did not stand a chance of making it in my house longer than two hours. I went into the kitchen to grab one and went back to my computer to finish up some work. Somehow, I thought if I had to actually get up to get them each time I wanted another, walking all the way to the kitchen would deter me. Kind of like how they say don’t watch TV and snack unless you portion it out. After the last macaron, I shamefully walked back into the kitchen for another, only to realize they were gone.
I loved how overly vanilla the Very Vanilla was. The Strawberry Rose was subtle and fresh, without feeling like I just ate a bouquet of flowers. The Bubble Gum was whimsical and fun without leaving any artificial taste in my mouth. However, my favorite of them all was the Almond Mint -- two flavors I have never had together, but am now obsessing over making an almond-mint cupcake, almond-mint fudge, and anything else I can think of to pair together that delicious combination.
Screw Lay's potato chips, Chef Baker’s macarons are the new Lay’s, because you certainly can’t eat just one.
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