I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published November 29th 2011
When I flicked open the Woolworths catalogue this week, I squealed out loud. Woolworths are selling macarons! If you haven't heard of macarons (pronounced maca-roons), I don't think less of you; I think less of Adelaide for not selling these scrumptious French goodies until now. I only know of one local café, Ecco Ciocco'Lata, located at Westfield Marion and selected On the Run stores that sell them.
So what are macarons? They are biscuits. Made from almond meal, they have a nutty taste, a "hard" meringue shell and when you bite into them, a chewy texture. Two biscuits are sandwiched together, usually with a chocolate ganache or jam.
Ecco Ciocco'Lata's raspberry macaron- notice the cracked shell, chewy crust and jam centre
One biscuit retails from $2.50-$4! Yet buy this cute pack from Woolies containing 12 mini-macarons (with six flavours) for $9- it's a bargain.
The mango-coloured "citron" flavour tastes like lemon. The "white" one has a soft vanilla butter inside. The pink framboise has a spoonful of tart raspberry jam. The light brown has a coffee cream. The dark brown a delicious dark chocolate ganache. And the green a pistachio paste.
Once you've discovered macarons, why not try making some of your own? That way, you can experiment with flavours as wild as your imagination. Rosewater filled with white chocolate ganache or salted caramel, filled with gooey caramel are popular. If you're as experimental as chef Adriano Zumbo, try vegemite, strawberry bubble gum or licorice macarons.
Next time you stop for a coffee after some tiring Christmas shopping at Marion, head to Ecco Ciocco'Lata Cafe and enjoy a macaroon or two.
There are actually plenty of places selling macarons now. Plenty of the patisseries sell them, including Patisserie Jin and Mulot's Patisserie. Then there is the Mac Factory on Hut Street, which always has amazing combinations. They have traditionals like salted caramel, lemon, etc. but also some really crazy and interesting flavours.
Miss Macaron is a local Adelaide lady who sells them at markets, or you can order online from her. & Then there is From Scratch Patisserie who have their pop up patisserie in Leigh Street on a Friday morning, and are at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Markets every Sunday. Once again, some really interesting flavours.
There is also a new chocolatier Steven Ter Horst that has recently opened, and I'm fairly sure they may make some too. Then of course there is Cibo who stock them. :)
They may not be on every corner like they are in the Eastern States, but they are definitely around. The best bit about the macarons in Adelaide is that they are made my some really passionate people, and you can tell when you try them.
If you've never been I'd recommend paying the Mac Factory a visit very soon.