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What do the French Eat at Christmas?
Do you find yourself carried away when you’re passionate about something? I have to confess I get excited with mad macaron ideas: mixing this with that and being complicated with fancy flavours. This is far from complicated, however, as during festive season, the French adore their classic sweet treats. Christmas in France isn’t Noël without sweet chestnuts, or marrons glacés. So it’s a time to make sweet chestnut macarons.
At this chilly time of year but festive, warm heart, chestnuts seemed to make sense. Chestnuts are so popular with the French and roasted chestnuts are all around Paris around December. But this time, we’re talking sweetened vanilla chestnuts: les marrons glacés: a French favourite for the holiday season and rest-assured extra sweet bonus points if we arrive with a box of them at Christmas chez Antoine’s parents.
My very first batch of Chestnut macarons included Corsican Chestnut Liqueur from Castagniccia. Amazing. But after a few days the macarons became too sweet. It’s much better with a splash of dark rum. I love test-tasting!
Recipes with Sweetened Chestnut Paste
If you love chestnut and vanilla cream paste, then add it to an almond tart, such as this Saint-Germain cake. What’s more, it includes a splash of rum, which goes so well together.
Whether you’re spending it with family or friends at home or abroad, enjoy these luxurious gluten-free treats by a crackling fire (or on the beach, you lucky southern-hemisphere friends) with a glass of off-dry Champagne or Darjeeling, the Champagne of teas. Through cosy slippers, feel the toes curl and drift away into holiday macaronivore bliss.
For the full step-by-step macaron recipes, get them in my first book, Mad About Macarons! Make Macarons Like the French