Avons-nous une boulangerie française à Macon? Mais bien sur!
With a little imagination, you can pretend you’ve walked into a little Parisian patisserie right on Forsyth Road, near the Honey Baked Ham. Even better, it’s locally owned by some very pleasant folks.
We called in our order just before closing time and asked for a mélange of goodies to be boxed up for us, at least one of everything they had left from the day. When we left, we had a lovely thin baguette, a precious pink box of macarons, and two bakery boxes tied up with string. These are a few of my favorite things.
Let’s start with the pink box. Not to be confused with the less-tidy, coconut-based macaroons, macarons are tiny, colorful whoopie pies filled with cream or jam. Macon Baking Company makes them in pistachio, coffee, vanilla, lemon, raspberry and chocolate -- all made with almond paste and barely bigger than a quarter.
I envision a tea party or maybe a pool-side snack for these pricey mais petits morceaux délicieux. I would love to see them make these in more creative flavors like Earl Grey, green tea, cassis and mango.
In the first brown box, there were several mini croissants, two gooey butter cookies, a half dozen flower-shaped sugar cookies, and (my favorite) pain au chocolat. I don’t know why anyone would eat a plain old croissant when they are allowed to eat a chocolate filled one for breakfast. I reheated mine and ate it with a large glass of cold milk, mon Dieu!
In the other brown box were several chocolate chip cookies with a suspicious lump in them -- they were each hiding a whole Oreo. These were my least favorite, but what a fun treat for little ones for whom a single cookie isn’t enough.
Macon Baking Company often has cupcakes as well, like KitKat, chocolate espresso and banana chocolate chip, and can make whatever you want for custom orders.
They’ve made ganache-filled grooms cakes, pistachio-topped bear claws, cream-filled glazed croissants, and lemon curd-filled lemon cupcakes.
Of course, there’s always salted caramel brownie bites, red velvet mini-cakes with cream cheese icing and raspberry drizzle, ricotta and basil flatbread, giant cinnamon rolls, and -- hey, you’re getting drool on the rest of this paragraph!
Saturday seems to be their day for experimenting, so it’s the perfect time to come by after ball practice, pick up a box of assorted goodies, and enjoy them with a strong cup of coffee.
Macon Baking Company
Address: 4524 Forsyth Road, Macon
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Price range: $1.50 and up
Rating: 3 stars