French Made Baking
As I mentioned on my recent post to Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café, macarons have been the darling of the Vancouver food scene for a while. There are so many different versions of this popular little confectionery and French Made Baking, located on Kingsway near East Broadway, is one of the big players in the macaron community.
First off, their store is pretty small – I swear I only saw seating for one table here. I’m guessing most people pick up pastries to go from here. Their macaron selection was more extenstive than Thierry and I liked that they actually wrote down the types of macarons that they gave me on a little sheet under the container. Speaking of containers… it is a little more simplistic than Thierry’s but what it lacks in style, it make up for in function. The clear plastic cover does a good job in protecting your macarons while also highlighting the main selling point… the macaron itself.
The following are the types of macarons that we received:
- Vanilla Bean/White Chocolate Ganache (white)
- Earl Grey/Milk Chocolate Ganache (grey)
- Rose-Litchi (lychee)/White Chocolate Ganache (light pink)
- Blackcurrant (purple)
- Grand Marnier & Confite Orange Zest/White Chocolate Ganache (red dots)
- Yuzu/Dark Chocolate Ganache (light green)
The light pastel colours were quite pleasing. If we were to relate the macaron colours of Thierry and French Made Baking to the landlords of the popular sitcom, Three’s Company, Thierry would be the loud leisure suit-wearing Mr. Furley and French Made Baking would be the reserved Mr. Roper.
Completely different than Thierry’s macarons, French Made Baking’s macarons were much smaller, lighter, and more delicate. It was like biting into a little cloud… after the initial crackle when biting into these little treats, the airy texture makes it quite easy to polish off a whole bunch of these.
Similar to the macarons, the Almond Croissant at French Made Baking is also lighter than the one at Thierry. For my personal tastes, I think it needed more sliced almonds on top and it was a little too soft in texture.
The Pain au Chocolate was quite flaky (as you can see in the picture). Similar to the almond croissant, the texture was light and airy – a little too much for my preferences.
I did enjoy the macarons here and, if you like your macarons to be more delicate, then French Made Baking is probably for you.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
Posted on May 11, 2012, in Bakery, Desserts, Restaurant Review and tagged Almond Croissant, Bakery, Desserts, Food, Macarons, Mount Pleasant, Pain au Chocolat, restaurant review, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.