Saturday 2 May 2009

Viennese Macarons

Viola Odorata Macaron
Violet flavoured buttercream
and candied violet petals

Rose Macaron
Rose petals and almonds

Coming Up:
World's largest pistacchio macaron

Wien, K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Demel
Anno 1919

16.5 lbs almonds
16.5 lbs sugar
16.5 lbs powdered sugar
4.0 lbs water
190 egg whites
27.25 lbs butter cream
2.2 lbs pistacchio puree

Demel's Giant Pistacchio Macaron
Photographed by Merisi
May 2009

Clicking on the pictures
will take you to the Queen of Macarons,
Carol of Paris Breakfasts!
Feast your eyes! :-)


  1. Oh, marvelous. That's confection as confection should art, a fantasy, and a delicacy all wrapped into one.

  2. Yum...Wonder how much an airline ticket to Paris is running these days? Or to Vienna, for that matter!?! ~Janine XO

  3. They are so pretty, I am not sure if I could bear to eat one, unless, of course, there were more...

  4. omgosh I can TASTE them!!! MMmmmmm.....

  5. I'm on a diet. You're killin' me.

  6. Oh, those look GOOD!

    By the way, you got me really FIRED up with what you told me about your art historian friend on my art blog...I left a very verbose reply--please read when you get a chance! Thank you, also, for getting me thinking...I love the challenge to defend my point of view...I love to think think think!

  7. I agree with a few other people, they are too pretty to eat.

  8. The Wanderers' Daughter,
    yes, a true Demel product! ;-)

    Sniffles and Smiles,
    Carol is the expert on tickets to France! ;-)

    I have to confess that several weeks ago I kept a whole box of them in my fridge for days - waiting for the dark skies to lift and shoot some decent macaron portraits (defending them from being eaten by my kids). The sun never came, so I took some not so good pictures to quiet my conscience and then ate them all. Even though they were by then almost a week old, they were still delicious. Like angels' food, manna from heaven, really.

    Charles Gramlich,
    imagine, they are being reborn on an almost daily basis! Feel better about eating them? ;-)


    Fat, frumpy and fifty,
    I never knew that violets and roses taste that good! ;-)

    A Thousand Clapping Hands,
    imagine poor me, seeing them live! ;)
    (No, I didn't eat any.)


    I am trying to imagine what a Rothko macaron would look like (we know what Pollak would do with them, by the pailful, don't we?).

    as I said to Charles,
    they regenerate overnight. ;-)

  9. Merisi!! Thank you!! This was great to see! I don't know how I feel about this huge macaron, especially because it's green...But I am always so happy to see the new displays of Demel! :)
    And this upcoming Saturday I am going on my food and wine seminar to Italy, we start in Venice and end in Naples. After that I have 2 weeks off and I will be in Sicily with my best friend Stacey and my parents!
    I hope you are doing well and enjoying spring! :)

  10. Those Macarons look amazing. I don't think I've had a Macaron in at least a decade. I'm really wanting one now though!

  11. Merisi, imagining that fourth photo as a gi-normous hamburger, I felt my arteries constricting, saying, "No, no, no NOOOOOOOOOO!" even as I salivated!

  12. Surely the huge one is not real! I know someone who can make these things as good if not better than you can buy, a dangerous talent to have!

  13. ANDRE,
    the giant macaron is a dummy,
    The recipe is for real. ;-)

  14. Kurwenal04 May, 2009

    Wow...that is some HUGE sweet biscuit ! Visions of a bucket sized melange to cope with it ;-)

    Best smiles


  15. Ah ah a dream of macarons! My favorite flavour! You really got treasures in Vienna!


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