St Emilion: Birthplace of the Macaron
Macarons & More founder, Tim Kinnaird, took a trip to France earlier this month. Officially “on holiday”, he nevertheless couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit St Emilion – home of the original macaron.
St Emilion is supposedly the birthplace of the macaron, although there are a few places that claim that, including more than one bakery in St Emilion! This unassuming bakery on Rue Guadet is one of them. The bakery is run by Nadia Fermigier who was taught the secret recipe by Madame Blanchez. The recipe has been handed down generation to generation since 1620!
“In terms of taste, these macarons are more like a soft amaretti biscuit than what we make but you can see how the idea for the modern version came about… ‘Why don’t we sandwich two of these together with a delicious ganache filling?’ These proto-macarons were really delicious and a good example of a simple thing (I think just almonds, sugar and egg white) combined and baked perfectly.”