Parisian Macaron Indulgence at French Baker

A couple of weeks back, I was strolling around SM Lanang premier with my family when I spotted French Baker. As a natural response of a sugar foodie, I rushed to their stall and marveled over their delicious offerings. Merely looking at their pastries gave me a flicker of delight, and what’s more? The breads are beautifully crafted and pleasing to the eyes. But if there’s one thing that really caught my attention, it’s their pretty Parisian French Macarons. I wanted to buy at that time, but we were in a hurry. Instead, I made a mental note to come back some other day and give them a try.
Last Saturday, I finally had a chance to visit SM Lanang again to watch Les Miserables ( I don’t frequently visit that mall because it’s too far from where I live). Anyway, while waiting for Yuan, I took the chance to indulge on French Baker’s Parisian Macarons.
Photo taken with Huwei MediaPad (Not bad! ) | French Baker Parisian Macaron – 34php/each

Aren’t they pretty? They’re so beautiful, I didn’t wanna eat them! But the verdict must be done and so I took a bite and I was suddenly in euphoria. They are the kind of french macarons that I prefer: crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, the meringue is not too sweet, and the filling is just enough to give the macaron an interesting taste. I also like that the size is just right; not too small that you won’t be able to enjoy it, but not too big that you’d be overwhelmed by it.

I tried their Raspberry and Chocolate variants. I love them both and by far, These are the best french macaron to date! French Baker is yet another pastry shop that I will surely visit again and again. Next on my list: Hokkaido Cake!
Have you tried these yet? What variant is your favorite?

Baked Creations: Mom’s Special Cheese Cupcake

One of my fondest childhood memories is when I’d spend my afternoons watching my mom in the kitchen as she bake different kinds of cakes, cookies and other pastries. I remember sitting in one corner of her working table, looking at all the raw ingredients as they are slowly being tossed in the mixer. I would stay like that for hours watching her do her magic, and before I know it? Freshly baked goodies are already being laid right in front of me. She sure bakes a lot, but no, we didn’t own a pastry shop back then. But things changed over time. We transferred from one place to another and several other things had transpired as we were growing up. Along with the changes, my mom eventually stopped baking.
But just last Christmas, mom bought herself a new Baking Oven. We were all excited because it only meant one thing: she would bake again! And so she did! The other day, she baked one of my most favorite cupcakes in the world; her Special Cheese Cupcake. I can’t remember when was the last time she baked it for us. My first bite after so many years was so nostalgic. And right then and there, I was 7 years old again.

Mom’s Cheese Cupcake looks pretty simple and straight forward. No fancy frosting or toppings; Just a plain looking piece of pastry. But, the real goodness of this comes in when you close your eyes as you take a bite. The scent of its freshness is very addicting and I’m not even talking bias here. Okay, maybe a little. But hey, who doesn’t love cheesecakes? Now, this is not the kind of cheesecake that you’re probably imagining. Its taste is very far from the good’ol Blueberry Cheese Cupcakes with cream cheese base. Mom’s version of Cheese Cupcake is made with cheddar cheese. I can’t tell you all the other secret ingredients as she might kill me.  Hah! Another thing that I also like about this cupcake is that, it’s dense and moist. You know how some cupcakes tend to be airy and they get stuck in your throat? I hate those kinds. Mom’s cupcake has a bite to it, which I really love. It has the right amount of sweetness and the cheese is not too overwhelming.  It’s the kind of comfort food that would make you think of clouds, and rainbows, and unicorns.
Now that I’m a grown up, it’s about time for me to stand up from the corner and learn how to bake. Mom said baking is no rocket science as long as you’re passionate about it. Wow, hand me the mixer. I’m serious.