Sunday, 27 July 2014

Edinburgh is Delicious: Patisserie Madeleine

With its window display of elegant patisserie and a colourful rainbow of macarons, I could stare at the shop front of Patisserie Madeleine in Stockbridge forever.  It's a small and sophisticated cafe and its minimalist black and white decor makes the stunning cakes and pastries stand out even more.  The only real problem when visiting is deciding what to try as everything looks delectable.

There are so many delicious macaron flavours available, from standards like strawberry, pistachio, chocolate and vanilla, to more intriguing varieties like chocolate passion fruit, pear & violet, earl grey and salted caramel - all super afforadable at 95p each.

The patisserie best seller is a tatin de pomme, with caramelised apple sitting atop a crumbled pastry base with creme chantilly.  There is also a choice of eclairs - beautifully presented with cocoa nibs or jam-filled raspberries, and a chocolate and raspberry tarte which is divine. On my most recent visit I tried a creme-filled choux with raspberry jam and a silky pistachio cream which had just the right amount of sweetness.  

The effort put into patisserie is matched by the cafe and drinks menu. Options on the day were gingerbread hot chocolate, matcha latte, home-made iced tea, and peach.  All of the cakes are available to take away, along with home-made sweets (such as almond praline and marshmallows), and some Eteaket and Pekoe teas and teapots.  This small gem comes highly recommended for a sophisticated taste of Parisian patisserie.


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