Macaroons are the cupcakes of France: they’re everywhere – and all through France, claims are made as to which “macarons” are the ones with pedigree or the royal stamp or the best-loved by the locals.
The city of Nancy in northeastern France has one of the best claims to macaroon supremacy with a story that includes a pair of defiant 18th-century Benedictine nuns going into hiding at a local doctor’s home and baking macaroons on the sly, using a Renaissance recipe that has been zealously guarded and passed from generation to generation for more than 200 years. You eat a Nancy macaroon and you’re eating the history of France.
The unofficial slogan of Nancy, France is “I Heart N Y” – with an unobtrusive lowercase “anc” between the N and the Y: in other words, a touch of New York brash in the midst of la belle France.
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