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‘RoonReview: Delightful Pastries

Sadly I have no macsperiment for you today because I had a silly idea about quartering this recipe (you know how sometimes you halve a recipe…yeah, so I took that to the next level), and of course there weren’t nearly enough egg whites for my gigantic stand mixer and whisk.

looks pretty good though, doesn't it?

75 grams of egg whites is like I don’t know…half an egg white?  I don’t even think my tiny hand mixer whisk would’ve been able to whip that wee bit of protein up.  It’s just that I didn’t want so many macarons!  I only have one sheet pan!  When I have too much batter it literally just gets rinsed down the sink.  (the failure also could have been due to my attention span being split between macarons and this absolutely delectable roasted tomato soup I was making at the same time)

Needless to say, I’ll be halving that recipe instead and trying it again.  I’m also running very low on almond flour so I will soon either be buying more flour or whole almonds to try and turn into flour with my food processor…I’m kind of leaning towards the latter to get even more authentic, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to stop relying on the pre-made flour yet.

I digress.  After another extremely successful brunch, this time at Bakin & Eggs (where I highly recommend the oatmeal…mmm pear butter), my dad, boyfriend and I hit up Floriole Cafe & Bakery in Lincoln Park to get our macaron on.  But quell triste!  They didn’t have any macarons yesterday!  It is a simple and beautiful cafe though, and I can’t wait to go back some time when they actually have macarons.

So we traveled to Delightful Pastries in Old Town to sample their macarons instead.  Sadly they were not so delightful.  Cute though!

Pile o' macs

Quite literally (one) bite-sized or three if you were very, very dainty, these were by far the smallest macarons I’ve seen as of yet.  Minus the four I got for free in exchange for my e-mail address, I got 11 and it came up to only $4.20, which averages out to only 38 cents per, so they’re priced fairly.

one bite, bro! one bite!

Flavors offered: passion fruit, marzipan, chocolate, pistachio, and raspberry almond.  Yes, I said raspberry almond macarons.  What’s that you say?  All macarons could technically have the word “almond” in their name?  Yes, that’s true.  It seems like someone at Delightful is under the impression that raspberry doesn’t sound exciting enough on its own.  They must also think “marzipan” sounds more exotic than “almond.”  Very bizarre.  Anyway, not only is “raspberry almond” a bizarre name, it’s a bizarre macaron as well.  Bordering on bad.  Alright, I’ll just say it: it was just plain bad.

I’m sorry Delightful, but if I had never had a macaron before and I tried your raspberry, I would say, “what’s all the fuss?  this is the worst pastry I’ve ever had,” and then I would throw it in the garbage and never try another one again, and I would be missing out on a whole world of wonderful, and it would be all your fault.


Sadly, the pistachio had the same story.  It tasted absolutely nothing like pistachio and much more like store-bought sheet cake frosting.

cute, but bad...kind of like Lindsay Lohan.


Eek!  I’m sorry.  I would never want anyone to say that about my macarons, so it scares me to say it, but I think these just suffered from a little neglect due to all of the other beautiful and undoubtedly delicious pastries Delightful offers.  I will give them some points on texture though.  Both raspberry almond and pistachio had a good crisp outer shell with a wee bit of a soft inner filling, which is actually impressive given the size.  Although the passion fruit had a great flavor, it was a little too crunchy.  They did redeem themselves a little with the chocolate and marzipan flavors.  The marzipan tasted exactly like marzipan, but with the more desirable texture of macaron, so yay for that.  The chocolate, though the ugliest by far, was delicious.  I thought it actually tasted exactly like a brownie.  Had the same chew as well.

you go, chocolate

it IS like a brownie!

Delightful’s macarons were on par with Fritz in terms of overall disappointment although slightly better in taste and ironically at the absolute opposite end of the size spectrum.  Stay tuned for a mail-order macaron review and hopefully a macsperiment made with one of Pierre Herme’s recipes.

And just for fun:

Dad just can't get the "first day of school picture" out of his blood


8 comments on “‘RoonReview: Delightful Pastries

  1. macmakersdad
    October 4, 2011

    Hey, the next time you have too much batter, save it for Dad! Does it keep very long?
    I’ll get one of those philpat things (and maybe even get my oven fixed) and have a go at baking some. Then invent some magnificent buttercream to glue them together.

    • macmaker
      October 4, 2011

      I did keep the batter, but I’m almost positive that I read somewhere that it doesn’t keep longer than an hour or something. We’ll see though…

  2. dellomano
    October 4, 2011

    You are really going to have to get to Paris 🙂 Macs are wonderful – we tried them everywhere but Laudree, Pierre Herme and Maison Du Chocolat the best we thought. Know the feeling about the kitchenaid – they really do take up a fair amount in that lower area. Really hope you can go..:) deb

  3. Cassie
    October 4, 2011

    I’m desperately craving macarons now and our French bakery in town doesn’t make them! I guess this means I’ll have to learn how to make them from scratch, eh? Love your blog!

    • macmaker
      October 5, 2011

      Thanks! I haven’t had a ton of success yet making them myself, but I’m going to keep trying!

  4. Caroline
    October 5, 2011

    I love macaroons and have been wanting to make them for a while. I just know they’re somewhat tedious to make, so I guess I haven’t gotten around to it. Eventually! Bouchon Bakery is pretty close to me here in LA and I hear they have some amazing macaroons, so I’ll have to give them a try soon.

    • macmaker
      October 5, 2011

      oy they are a bit tedious… :/ haha, but worth it when you get them just right. I lived in NYC for 5 years and for some reason never made it to Bouchon even though I shopped at Columbus Circle all the time. If you try theirs, tell me how they are!

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