Some have traced the macaron’s French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France.
It was not until the 1830s that macarons began to be served two-by-two with the addition of jams, liqueurs, and spices. The macaron as it is known today, composed of two almond meringue discs filled with a layer of buttercream, jam, or ganache filling, was originally called the “Gerbet” or the “Paris macaron.” Pierre Desfontaines of the French pâtisserie Ladurée has sometimes been credited with its creation in the early part of the 20th century, but another baker, Claude Gerbet, also claims to have invented it.
Whoever can be credited with it’s discovery and development we raise a toast to you. We adore these gorgeous and delicious little almond treats.
Sign up to one of our Macaron Classes to find out how to make these treats too. Book here.
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Call us to book one of our corporate team building events (Gingerbread Challenge), culinary workshops (Christmas Chocolate Making Workshop), send delicious edible corporate gifts (our delicious macarons, cupcakes or shortbread), or rent our studio for your private party. Do something different and delicious this year! Your team will thank you, we promise. We’ve hosted teams from Google, RBC, CAA, TD Bank, BMO and the AGO in 2014. Contact Amanda or Lisa to make your holiday party a hit. 416-262-3400
While looking through cook books and baking supplies at Good Egg in Kensington Market, we came across a very cute book entitled Pâtisseries à Paris, published by Paumes. Yes, this book is in Japanese, but we couldn’t resist purchasing it because it’s just too adorable!
This book features many famous pâtisseries in Paris, including Pierre Hermé, Ladurée, Angelina, Sadaharu Aoki, Carette, etc. With so many beautiful photos of cakes, macarons, tartlettes, éclairs, and chocolates, it was impossible to put the book back down at the store. Although the writing is in Japanese for the most part, the addresses are not – so that’s still helpful for our upcoming visit to Paris this July! 🙂
Le Dolci will be going to Paris this July, and there is still one more spot left for this fun foodie trip! Along with us, there will be many interesting activities to participate in, such as learning how to bake French pastries and going on tours. You’ll get the chance to make your own bread, croissants, and éclairs! Additionally, there will be optional tasting dinners and cruises to take part in. On this trip, there will also be free afternoons and evenings for you to explore Paris, and visit many of the lovely pâtisseries listed in this book! To find out more about the Paris trip, visit http://www.ledolci.com/paris-2012!
A big hello to all the fit, fabulous ladies turning 40 this year! Let’s face it, we all know it’s true, our fabulous over forty ladies are actually superheroes! Mothers, business women, wives and the best friends you’ll ever find – there’s no doubt that these ladies love to go out and explore what Toronto has to offer!
Here at Le Dolci we love hosting your ladies’ night, so get out of the house and come down to the Le Dolci Studio for some much needed fun with your closest girlfriends! We offer iron cupcake challenges, introduction to cupcake decorating, cake-pops, Parisian macaron and mini-cake decorating classes! Each class offers a fun, interactive experience for you and your closest friends, so round up the girls for some buttercream fun.
Our most popular class, introduction to cupcakes, lets you work with our fluffy vanilla cupcakes, gives you the chance to play with fondant and introduces you to the basics of piping deigns using our fresh buttercream icing. Best of all, when the night is over you have 12 of your ever own perfectly decorated and delicious cupcakes to take home to your family!
For a perfect ladies’ night bring your closest friends to Le Dolci or celebrate your Fit, Fabulous and 40th Birthday with us!
In the meantime, check out our friends at Fortylicious.ca, where the 40s come to play. @fortyliciousCa