After dancing the night away on the ship…..it was time to begin sampling the confections in France. I posted on Sanary-Sur-Mer recently, but focused on the scenery and the amazing cappuccinos! This is the first confectionery shop we had time to stop into, after a lovely walking tour. I wanted to buy the whole case! No French Macarons here (Paris and St. Tropez for sure), but they had the famed “Calissons”, a delicious Provencal combination of almond paste and fruit paste – mainly glaceed citrus peel and sometimes melon. They are lightly iced on top with a sweet royal icing and are traditionally in diamond shapes. Here is what they look like:
We waited until we were in Cassis, France to actually purchase them, but they are the same everywhere in France. You must like almonds to enjoy these! They are very much like our marzipan here in the USA but the Provencal presentation is just divine!
Quote: “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook” – Julia Child