French style macaroons (sometimes spelled macaron) are a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. These beautiful sandwich cookies are painstakingly made from meringue and almond flour to produce a cookie with a delicate, perfectly mounded crust and rustic edges. The cookies are filled with a variety of flavorings made from ganache, buttercream or jam. They are created in a rainbow of beautiful colors and fabulous flavors. Although these cookies are difficult to perfect, here are some places in Pittsburgh who have it right.
Gaby et Jules
5837 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Originally from Paris 66 Bistro, Chef David Piquard has brought French pastry to a new level at Gaby et Jules. His macaroons are created from quality ingredients in a number of unique flavors. Basic flavors such as raspberry or chocolate are always delicious. If you are in the mood for something a bit different though, why not try rose, sea salt, or white chocolate basil.
Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery
213 North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Originally from Brittany in France, Jean-Marc Chaterllier has brought his talent for beautiful French pastries to Pittsburgh. At this bakery you can find a beautiful array of tempting macaroon flavors. Salted caramel, Nutella, mango passion fruit and lavender just to name a few. You are sure to be tempted to try them all.
Crave Haute Parisian Macarons
If you want to take your next event or special occasion to the next level, Crave Haute Parisian Macarons will deliver your macaroons to your home or business in the Pittsburgh area. Choose from one of the macaroon collections on the menu such as The Sophisticate with flavors such as fleur de sel, salted caramel, mocha coffee and pistachio or Mad Macs featuring original flavors such as walnut maple bourbon, bacon or garden herb. Custom flavors and colors are also available.
La Gourmandine Bakery
4605 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Not long after he arrived in Pittsburgh, Fabier Moreau saw the need for a traditional French pastry shop in Pittsburgh and opened La Gourmandine Bakery. The bakery offers a wide variety of French style pastries and breads. The macarons aux framboises is a favorite on the pasty list. It is a large macaroon filled with lychee cream and fresh raspberries that is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Food Glorious Food
5906 Bryant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Food Glorious Food is a small neighborhood bakery in Highland Park that is a favorite of locals. The bakery offers some fun macaroon options such as blue velvet, PB & J and salted caramel. All of their pastries are made from scratch. It is a great place to stop for macaroons and other wonderful pastries if you are in Pittsburgh’s east end.
Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.