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To-die-for French Macarons at Miel Bon Bons in Durham, NC

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French macarons at Miel Bon Bons


Oh my gosh, how can one place possess such exquisite goodness and talent! Bonnie Lau of Miel Bon Bons is not only friendly and a cheerful delight to talk with, but the pastries, chocolates and French macarons she and her team create are out of this world. This examiner is on the hunt for the best French macarons, and so far, you will find them at Miel Bon Bons in Durham, NC.

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French macarons are two almond cookies, or shells, sandwiched together with a filling. The wonders of French macarons are that they can be filled with an infinite variety of fillings, can be personalized with just about any color and can be prepared ahead of time. Aha, but there is a catch. These little darlings are not the easiest to make, yet Bonnie Lau produces perfect macs -- ruffled feet, smooth tops, full shells and luscious fillings.

Many home bakers and commercial bakeries alike create very pretty French macarons -- pastels, rich hues, gold flecked, glitter dusted and more. However, many home bakers and some retail outlets have a very challenging time producing macarons with full shells. It's the dreaded hollow macaron -- when the interior meringue batter deflates -- that sinks a baker's and a consumer's heart.

Have no fear with your French macarons from Miel Bon Bons. The three flavors picked up on this particular trip were all full of meringue and tasty fillings. The pistachio macaron was made of real pistachio paste and dark purple shells. The salted caramel was made of a caramel-and-salt filling against natural-colored shells. Finally, the espresso French macaron consisted of gorgeous pink shells and a flavorful espresso-chocolate filling. The espresso mac was this examiner’s favorite.

Bonnie makes fresh macarons throughout the week. If you happen to buy macarons the same day they are made, you do need to mature them. Maturing French macarons is simply a matter of keeping them in your refrigerator until they become soft. The shells absorb moisture from the filling to create a dreamy, creamy pastry. It takes an average of about 24 hours to mature macarons, depending on the specific filling. Macarons are around 1 ½ inches in diameter and generally take two bites to finish. Bonnie’s macs, on the other hand, are thicker than average and take mostly three bites to finish.

Miel Bon Bons is located several miles off of exit 12B on the Durham Freeway/NC Hwy 147. Once you get to University Drive, you can’t miss the sign for “Nana’s” restaurant on the right. Miel Bon Bons is in the same building on the opposite end of Nana’s.

Call Bonnie today to order your French macarons or to see if she has any available. You will be the talk-of-the-town if you bring her amazing macarons to a party or event.

Telephone - (919) 967-2313

If you want to try your hand at making French macarons, Google “ultimate French macarons.”

The author used her science background to craftily meld the science of baking with the art of making French macarons. Macarons Math, Science, and Art, is Paula's third cookbook. A Taste of Guam and Remember Guam are her tribute to the cultural heritage of her native island.