Sorry, I am a bit tardy in reporting part two of my battle for the trendy desserts: Macaron vs Whoopie Pie. I have an excuse though, and it's a good one- macarons require commitment to bake and see through perfectly. But the rewards, oh the rewards are sweet indeed and well worth the culinary effort.
As I posted two weeks ago, I was inspired to embark on a mission to replicate the recipes listed in a recent Bon Appetit article which dared to ask the question: which pastry would be the next cupcake in terms of trendiness? Starbuck's threw in their two cents by beginning to carry mini red velvet whoopie pies in branches across the country. I personally feel like macarons are suddenly everywhere (the French were shocked when McDo's in Paris started to carry macarons- why won't they do that here?!).
I instantly answered the question with macaron while reading the article, but in the name of science and unbiased reporting I decided to test both recipes in my home kitchen before declaring a final verdict. My devoted tasting team (at husband's office) joined forces with me to sample both and report on the results.
I have exciting news to report. Drumroll please.......the winner is: the macaron.
Why? It is literally a work of edible art- light, beautiful and delicious. My tasters were unanimous in their choice, all preferred the macaron to the whoopie pie. I have also found my new go to macaron recipe with this feature. It is straightforward, clear, and produced beautiful macarons. I have had a hard time with other macaron recipes in the past, so I encourage you to give this a go if you have as well (see the BA cheat sheet below). I will definitely be making these again, and soon. I decided to give the burnt caramel macaron recipe a test drive for my initial recipe run and rest assured I will be trying the raspberry buttercream VERY soon as well.
What do you think readers? Team macaron or whoopie pie? Have you tried any versions recently you liked? If you try the recipe let me know- I'd love to hear your results!