Thursday, 11 June 2009

Afternoon tea

afternoon tea

betty's macaroons

chocolate macaroon

I love nothing more than sitting down in the afternoon with a pot of tea and a nice biscuit or cake, but this Sunday I had an especially nice afternoon tea. I had been to York to visit my friend Emma and we were so excited to see macaroons in the window of Betty's! Betty's is a legendary and traditional cafe in Yorkshire, that hasn't changed much since it first opened in 1919. The food is amazing and the queues for their afternoon tea get SO long! I had to try these macaroons. I was a macaroons virgin. The best one was definitely the chocolate one, because I am a bit of a chocaholic, but the lemon one was also particularly good with a lemon curd filling. They were crunchy, chewy and tasty. I have no other macaroons to compare them to, but they were rather delicious! Let's see if Laduree's offerings are any better when I go to Paris in a month!

36 comments:

  1. Oh, they look so delish! I love how cute & quaint you are with your pots of tea & china cups, Ms Helen.

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  2. such a pretty little post! they look delicious.

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  3. Gorgeous post! I love Bettys!

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  4. you're going to paris in a month??? me too! oh my god! where are you going to be? i've never eaten a macaron, so i'm insanely excited to try them in paris :)

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  5. Oh, you're lucky! Macaroons *and* York in one day!?

    I've only been to a couple cities in England, but York was definitely my favorite. :)

    <3

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  7. Are you going to Paris? I'm going next week, I can't wait!

    The other week I spoke to a lovely French man, at Taste Festival, who informed me that Pierre Herme is better than Laduree, though I reserve judgement because Laduree is pretty amazing.

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  8. I'm also going to Paris!!! but I'm going at the end of this month, can't wait!!!! Definitely keen to sample Laduree (can't have much else, probably, due to the old wheat intolerance). I went to York Sixth Form, how exciting that Betty's now do macaroons!!!!!!

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  9. i have been craving a macaroon for weeks! those look fabulous! :)

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  10. I'm just back from Paris! i love macaroons, I had them for the first time a couple of weeks ago actually! I think the red ones are my faves, I was expecting them to taste funny with all the colourins, but they were divine!

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  11. Maybe you can try to bake them yourself http://www.mercotte.fr/2008/03/20/desperatly-seeking-macarons/
    Pierre Hermé is also very famous for the chocolate http://www.pierreherme.com/data/catalogue.pdf

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  12. We don't have any good bakeries around here, its a shame. I've never tried a macaroon either and can't actually imagine what they taste like! I'd really like to try a lemon one though, I love lemon cakes and lemon curd is amazing. Yum! Itrs always an added bonus when food is pretty too :)

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  13. it looks perfect! seriously :) too pretty for words.

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  14. i can't seem to find maccarooons anywhere! those look quite delicious though. I found a recipe but it was pretty much the most complicated thing I've ever seen...
    -indigo

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  15. I've never tried macarons, but they look so good!

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  16. I really should take the time to have afternoon tea more often. I suppose I would if I had such a lovely tea set. I asked for macarons for my birthday, but my mom doesn't seem to know what they are. I guess I'm going to have to track them down on my own...

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  17. 4 pm is my favorite time - Mum and I both get cups of cardamom tea with evaporated milk (to make it thick and creamy) and if we've been baking, we have a slice of almond cake or some ginger cookies. Heavenly!

    Betty's sounds wonderful. I wonder if they have one in London?

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  18. This all looks so nice.Oh macaroons..they look so jummy. I have never seen them in real life tho.

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  19. Lovely pictures! I love all the china cups .x.

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  20. That looks beyond lovely!!

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  21. aw, so cute! macaroons are the best, I love coconut flavour - better than they sound! but oh I'd love to try lemon, mm.

    cute photos too :)
    xx

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  22. I think I need a macaroon!

    Love Grace.

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  23. oh wow, i'm a macaroon virgin too! lovely pictures, i'll have to try one sometime ;)

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  24. Your tea looks so sweet and elegant!

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  26. Laduree macaroons are incredible, but so expensive. The ones you bought look just as delicious in my opinion. Plus, they come in a nice package too.

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  27. they look so yummmy...i bet they tasted even better:)

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  28. love your photos. i have yet to try macaroons too!

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  29. I haven't tried macaroons but I must get some!

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  30. i had never tasted macarons until my visit to Paris last November for the first time! They are the dreamiest dessert I've ever tried and ever since I've been finding little spots that sell them here in Montreal!

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  31. You take such good pictures!!

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  32. wow those macaroons look so delicious im going to have to buy some next time i go to york <3

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  33. You know, those are actually macarons. Macaroons are something quite different!

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