If there is one thing that I may love slightly more than cupcakes, it would definitely be macarons. To prove this to you, I can confess that I actually made D drive up to Canberra (from Sydney) just so I could get a macaron fix from my favourite macaron store Dream Cuisine Patisserie in Fyshwick.
Imagine my absolute excitement, when my Twitter friend @ramenraff (Rafael De Leon) advised that he will be selling his Salted Caramel Macarons at Home Cafe QVB.
On the day the Rafael De Leon’s Salted Caramel Macarons were to be on sale, I thought I would get there bright and early to Home Cafe QVB and buy the Salted Caramel Macarons. Unfortunately, Rafael told me that his Salted Caramel Macarons will not be on sale until after 9am. I was so devasted, that I want to cry. Okay, jokes aside, I was actually really worried that Rafael’s Salted Caramel Macarons would be sold out by the time I had a chance to have my lunch break at 1130am.
Naturally, when it was lunch break, I headed straight over to Home Cafe to check out Rafael’s Salted Caramel Macarons. I was so over joyed that there were still some Salted Caramel Macarons in stock! I ended up buying six Salted Caramel Macarons. I honestly could have bought all of them, but I thought I would leave some for other people to buy- or maybe it was because I should be on a budget. Hmm..
To add to my purchase, I also decided to buy one of Rafael’s Red Velvet Cupcakes too, for my friend’s birthday.
I decided that I would eat one Salted Caramel Macarons before I ate lunch. I honestly could not wait to try them. Before I took my first bite, I was naturally apprehensive, but thankfully, I was not disappointed, once again, Rafael had baked another perfect sweet.
Rafael’s Salted Caramel Macarons were so delicious. The macaron shell was deliciously crunchy from the first bite and then a chewy texture inside. The generous creamy salted caramel filling that oozed out the macaron shells tasted so amazing. So much sweet and salty goodness. I must confess, that the Salted Caramel Macarons were so good, that I ate five of them within an hour.
I was so impressed with Raphael’s Salted Caramel Macarons. I can definitely say that I think Raphael’s Salted Caramel Macarons were on par with Adriano Zumbo’s macarons and just as good as Cheeky Chocolate’s Salted Caramel Macarons. The great thing is, Raphael’s macarons are not tiny like Adriano Zumbo’s version.
I think that Rafael proves that you do not have to be a famous patissier to make great sweets. I really hope some day Raphael decides to open up his own patisserie, because he is certainly very talented.
Rafael De Leon’s Salted Caramel Macarons are available from:
Rafael De Leon’s website is: http://ramenraff.blogspot.com.au
Follow @ramenraff for details of when the Salted Caramel Macarons will be available for purchase.