It started with a trip to Paris, and a discovery: A treat that’s both crunchy and chewy, rich but delicate. French macarons (not to be confused with macaroons) are two almond cookies brought together with a filling of ganache or jam, which creates a perfect contrast of a thin, crunchy shell that gives way to a chewy, sweet cookie.
But upon returning home to Jacksonville, I struggled to find a bakery that even knew what a macaron is, much less sold them. So, I experimented and developed my own recipe, and started Bruton’s Macarons, a special order bakery business in Jacksonville.
I bake everything to order, and happily customize colors to wedding palettes, baby shower themes, and birthday wishes.
Bruton’s Macarons was featured in the December 2011 issue of 904 Magazine as part of a feature on professionals who moonlight.
In August 2011, I presented as part of the Pecha Kucha event series. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format that gives each presenter 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to discuss their favorite passion project. Well, that’s the plan. But when a slide gets skipped and someone’s cell phone goes off in the audience, sometimes the presenter can get distracted…