Wednesday, 2 March 2016

LIFESTYLE | #MacaronManicure Party with Brioche Pasquier

Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

After a long week at work, theres nothing that the girls and I love more than a Sunday night in, catching up and getting pampered, ready for the week ahead.

If truth be told, we had intended to get together to celebrate Galentines Day (Parks and Rec fans will know what I'm talking about) but our schedules were so busy that we had to put it off until the end of February but it was certainly worth the wait!

Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

French family bakery brand, Brioche Pasquier, sent over some treats to get our  belated Galentines Day celebrations underway.  There was everything that I needed to decorate my sitting room to create a party atmosphere so while one of my friends blew up balloons, I popped some music on and got out my trusty blue tack to stick the bunting to the coffee table.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

I asked each of the girls to bring some savoury snacks over and I made a big pan of chilli con carne and rice to put out on the table so that we could all help ourselves.  Chilli is a great dish to make for a buffet as it always goes down a treat, although I would recommend checking with your guests first to see how spicy they like theirs.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

When the rest of the girls arrived, we got stuck into the food almost as quickly as we got stuck into the latest gossip, as we were all starving.  However we made sure to leave plenty of room for the pièce de résistance; sweet treats from the new Brioche Pasquier pâtisserie range.

I'm sure you'll have heard or seen Brioche Pasquier before; I know I certainly have as I've been buying their brioche in the supermarket since I was a teenager.  They're a famous bakery brand who were founded way back in 1936 by Garbiel Pasquier in Les Cerqueux in France.  However, they are not only known for their delicious brioche but they also have over 20 years Pâtisserie experience too.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

Its not surprising, therefore, that a company with such a history in French baking, should launch a new line of French delicacies which are all designed to be the perfect accompaniment to an indulgent afternoon tea or a dinner party.  The range includes Tartelettes au Chocolat, Tartlettes au Citron, six flavours of Macarons and a Tarte au Citron.  Brioche Pasquier were kind enough to send the latter two over to me.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

The desserts arrived frozen which is ideal when you're throwing a party because it means that you can buy and plan in advance without worrying about having to pick up fresh cakes from a bakery.  On the day that you're going to enjoy them, you simply take them out of the freezer to defrost, I put mine in the fridge, and once they're defrosted, you can pop the Macarons onto a pretty serving plate and pop the Tarte au Citron into the oven to warm through before serving.  It couldn't be more simple.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

The great thing about the Tarte au Citron is that it comes pre cut into slices which is ideal if you hate cutting cakes or flans.  Everyone gets an equal portion and there's no need to have to faff on with a knife at the buffet table as you can effortlessly lift a slice out with a fork or a cake slice.

We had ours warmed through with a little squirty cream, however you could easily add some extra fruit to the top of the tart or decant some pouring cream onto it if you wanted.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

The Tarte au Citron is an ideal dessert to have after a flavoursome meal because it has the right balance between being light and refreshing thanks to the lemon favour and being warming and comforting, just as a dessert should be in my opinion.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

The real treat of the evening though, were the Macarons which we enjoyed while painting our nails.  Brioche Pasquier were kind enough to send over some nail polishes that coordinated well with the macarons, as well as some nail tools to get our nails in top shape, so it would be rude not to try them out and paint our nails the same colour as our favourite flavours.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

The box contained 36 macarons in six different flavours; raspberry, lemon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and pistachio.  They were all in gorgeous pastel colours that are so beautiful aesthetically and would look beautiful laid out for afternoon tea.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

We all tried one of each and found it so difficult to choose between them as to which one was our favourite.  My friends and I are very much macaron lovers but we all agreed that we hadn't found a range before where we'd enjoyed every single one in the selection.  Usually there's one or two flavours that we don't like but each one of these was delicious.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

The Brioche Pasquier Macarons taste so fresh, despite being frozen; you could easily pass them off as having just been collected from a French patisserie!  Each flavour tastes authentic and there's nothing artificial tasting about them either.  They're not too sweet so they're not something thats going to tip you over the edge after a big meal; they're light with just the right amount of crunch on the outside as you bit into them.


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

Since we're such big macaron fans, my friend even suggested that these would make a great gift for someone for their birthday instead of chocolates or the other generic confectionary you can buy.  Imagine opening a box of these goodies!


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

Speaking of gifts, each of my friends got to go home with a Brioche Pasquier tote bag with some nail care accessories inside too!


Brioche Pasquier Macarons Tarte Au Citron

We all had such a lovely evening; it was really great to catch up, enjoy good food, delicious desserts and to give each other a #MacaronManicure!  You can join in the conversation using that hashtag too as I'm sure many others will have been hosting their own parties.

All Brioche Pasquier products are available to buy from Ocado here and they're really affordable.  The box of 36 Macarons are only £12.99 and that huge Tarte au Citron is £5.99; I know, I couldn't believe it either!

What are your favourite macaron flavours?
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21 comments

  1. Sounds like a wonderful evening of fun and enjoyment. The food looks great and great for sharing.

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  2. Sounds like such a fun belated galentines day celebration. I've never had macaroons from this bakery even though I always see them dotted around, I might need to change that soon x

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  3. I love macaroons, although I haven't had any since I was last in Paris.

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  4. I've never tried macarons before! Would love to try them though, they look delicious. Sounds like a perfect evening

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  5. Check out Mademoiselle Macaron in Edinburgh. Best I have found in this country. You can get them delivered too. Or take a class that I totally recommend. 😊

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  6. What an amazing party, sounds like it was a great evening x

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  7. not tried these yet. I was sponsored by Brioche Pasquier last year in the race for life and got some of their chocolate chip crossients, they were yummy! And I now buy them for myself as a little treat

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  8. oh my, i would have demolished the macaron in an instant. i love them

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  9. Now this definitely sounds like my kind of party!

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  10. Oh my god can't believe they are so cheap which supermarkets are they stocked in? I love the sound of the macaroons and tarte they look divine.

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  11. Sounds like a great idea for an evening in! Treats and a pamper!

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  12. Oh, this looks so fun! I only recently tried macaroons, they're so good.

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  13. This looks like so much fun, i still haven't tried a macaroon! I need to look into these i've never heard of the brand but I really want to try some! lol x

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  14. That looks like one seriously awesomely fun evening (except for the nail filing - even the photo made me cringe! I can't stand the noise - a bit like kids chewing on wool mittens...). Those macarons look FAB!

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  15. I love this combination of fun -- friends, food and pampering! What a great party!

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  16. What a delicious looking spread! I love a good macaron and these ones look so cute. The pampering and treats party is such a nice way to spend an evening with the gals. xx

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  17. What a fun party, girls, food, and nails!! I am glad you had a great time! :)

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  18. Beauty and food mixed! Love it. I am craving for macarons now.

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  19. I am a Macaron fiend and spend a fortune in Laduree, London every time I am up. My favourite is their Salted Caramel one, which has real caramel in the middle. I loved the Rhubarb ones that Fortnum and Mason did, but they stopped having that flavour :(

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  20. the kids love macarons but I am not so keen but love the idea of a girly night in I had one myself last night

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  21. This is my perfect night! A pamper and some sweet treats, what could be better?

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