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Macaron History

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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Macaron vs. Macaroon

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No, French Macarons & Macaroons aren’t the same thing!

Let’s put an end to the confusion. Macarons (rrrrrroll your ‘r” like tu viens de Paris!) and macaroons, while both delicious, are very different. Both are made from gluten free recipes, but that’s where the similarities end.

The macaron is a delicious and adorable treat made from almond flour, egg whites, granulated and powdered sugar. Normally they are filled with a buttercream, ganache, or various jams. They come in a variety of colours and can be customized to meet all your macaron needs. This treat is currently on trend because it’s gluten free and so darn pretty!

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The macaroon is a much simpler and not-quite-as-cute confection. It’s made from egg whites, sugar, and shredded dried coconut and sometimes dipped in chocolate. Still yummy, but definitely not a French macaron!

There you have it! The difference between the macaron and the macaroon.

Call today to order the best macarons in Toronto (416-262-3400). Or pop into the shop and grab a few! Feeling adventurous? Sign up for one of our macaron making classes and learn to make the famous French sweet yourself.
Mmm, delish.

 

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Holiday party season is upon us

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

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Things we love: Pâtisseries à Paris


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!

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Fit, Fabulous and 40! Celebrate your birthday or girls night out with us!

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

http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/