La Belle Miette Macarons.

27 Sep

xarToday I took my cousins, my sister and my sister’s friend to the city to show them the various methods to get to my school. It wasn’t too bad, especially since I expected loud conversation etc typical of fourteen year old girls.

I also had to go to Chadstone to get my iPad replaced because the screen had smashed. It was really expensive to replace, $279. So now I’m broke again. Oh how bad my luck is:( What lit up my day was that right near Myers was a La Belle Miette stand. If you don’t know what La Belle Miette is, you should!

La Belle Miette is a small French patisserie specialising in macarons. They use chocolate from the French chocolate house Cacao Barry and Belgian Callebaut, Girgar butter (high quality Australian dairy made in the European tradition) and premimum grade almonds. Their flavours are unique and absolutely beautiful which I think is due to one of the owners Maylynn (or so it says on their site, she is the daughter of a natural perfumer).

They have the following flavours:

72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

‘Bastille’ – Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant

Caramel a la Fleur de Sel

Cherry Blossom & Sake

Mariage Freres Earl Grey Chocolate

Hazelnut Belle Miette

Lavender

Lemon

Mango & Coconut

Passionfruit Chocolate

Pimm’s & Pomegranate

Pistachio

Raspberry

Raspberry Chocolate

Rose

Strawberry & Vanilla

Vanilla

Violet & Blueberry

They cost $2.50 each, except for 72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela) and ‘Bastille’ – Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant which are $2.80 each. I bought six in a gift box, which came to a total of $18.30 for me.  There are also complimentary boxes, but they aren’t as pretty and sturdy.

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My Flavours (L-R): Cherry Blossom & Sake, Rose, Raspberry Chocolate, Violet & Blueberry, Caramel a la Fleur de Sel, 72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

The macraons themselves were really crunchy, light and fluffy at the same time if that makes sense… They are really hard to cut into neatly!

Cherry Blossom & Sake

The taste is quite normal. It could be just me but I think it tastes plain? In comparison to the other flavours which had stronger evidence of the flavours used. It was probably about only half sake/cherry blossom flavoured.

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Rose

This one was definitely rose flavoured! It is really nice, I really liked this one. If you don’t know what rose tastes like, imagine the scent of rose water/ pure rose scented oils or perfumes and translate that into a taste. The flavour was like a burst of rose. It was delightful.

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Raspberry Chocolate

This definitely had a strong chocolate flavour. The chocolate was a dark chocolate, very rich. It tasted almost decadent. However, you could also taste something else – raspberry. The chocolate does overwhelm the flavour of the raspberry but you can still taste it. It adds a little something to the chocolate. The raspberry isn’t bitter but sweet.

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Violet & Blueberry

I must have a thing for flowers because this is the third one I purchased with a flower taste. This one was superb. There was a balance in the flavours, both were evident in this creation. The blueberry was sweet and the violet delicious. I have no idea how to describe the violet flavour, its just flowery.  It’s not a bad thing and I have no other words on how to describe it but if you had the Rose one, you’d understand.

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Caramel a la Fleur de Sel

I’m going to be honest, caramel isn’t on my list of favourite flavours for anything. It’s too sweet, too heavy and its sticky. This was no different. It’s also supposed to the most popular flavour which is why I bought it but for me, it was just sweet caramel. Its too much for me but I’m sure it’s really nice for others. The caramel also melted really fast as you can see from the previous images where there is a brown smear on the white sheet of paper.

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and last but not least, 72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

I love chocolate and I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate and tasting this was like… pure decadence ( which coincidentally was the theme of my formal). It was heavenly. The chocolate was dark, rich and wonderful. I would highly recommend this one, even if it is a 0.30$ increase in price. It was delicious!

I would recommend La Belle Miette for special occasion, just because it is so pricey. I was with my cousin and decided to be spontaneous and purchase these as I wanted her to also taste macarons since she was so lacking in experiences. I would most likely only purchase more as a gift to my lover or my mother, for special occasions such as valentines day, anniversaries or my own birthday.

You can find them here or here (facebook).

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