This weekend in SF I made sure to stop by the historic Ferry Building to to visit Miette, a little bakery that Conde Naste deemed to be one of the top ten pastry shops in the world. While I had an incredible experience with their caramel panna cotta and coconut cake, I’d like to discuss their macarons.
As a refresher, macarons are meringue based, almond cookies that sandwich delicious ganache or jam fillings. Traditionally, macarons appear in festive and delightful settings ranging from intimate tea parties to elegant weddings. Additionally, they make wonderful little gifts. Half the charm of macarons is the range of playful colors and flavors in which they come. This trait is where Miette’s macaron’s fall short. Their cookies only come in natural shades of rugged almond, or perhaps chocolate, depending on the flavor. While I love natural and organic ingredients for my goodies, the macaron is not the cookie to downgrade the fun.
Furthermore, these cookies are extra chewy, thus lacking the melt-in-your-mouth quality that the best macarons possess. Three cherries for these natural yet drab and chewy cookies.