I’ve been battling a cold recently, but the weather in Seattle has been just gorgeous this week – sunny and blustery. Maybe there is an autumn here after all! Still feeling a little under the weather, I contemplated yesterday how best to kick this bug in the butt. I came up with two options: go for a nice, long run; or go to Honore Bakery for macaroons. I think we all know which option prevailed.
Unfortunately, fate sometimes doesn’t cooperate. I walked the mile or so to the bakery, only to find that it’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Perhaps the run was the better option.
So I tried again today, figuring that after walking to the bakery twice, I really had earned those macaroons. They were worth every step!
Honore Artisan Bakery opened up last summer and has been hot on everyone’s list since. It’s on 70th off 15th in Ballard, part of the micro-neighborhood where Delancey and A Caprice Kitchen also reside. They’re well known for their macaroons, though they bake up a wide variety of pastries on-site.
The case is filled with gorgeous delectables, and the chalk board outlines a long laundry list of various gourmet warm beverages. And while I could have seriously eaten one of each, I zeroed in on the infamous macaroons – available in about a dozen different flavors. Each was a vibrant, original color – pink, purple, and yellow; they look like easter eggs all lined up after the big hunt.
But let’s be rational here. I need an excuse to come back, so I settled on three to start: a chocolate (recently named best texture in a cookie by Seattle Magazine), a hazelnut, and a raspberry. These little gems are sandwich-cookie style, with perfectly rounded meringue cookie outters and creamy, decadent inners.
The hazelnut had flicks of ground up hazelnut in the cookie and filling. The chocolate was intensely dark, with just enough sweet. But the real standout was the raspberry. Fuschia in color, I was skeptical at first. But the instant the macaroon hits your tongue, you’re overcome with the feeling of picking fresh raspberries and eating them right off the bush. The filling was a smooth, creamy raspberry with hints of chocolate. Sooo delicious. I would enthusiastically encourage the Easter Bunny to shop here.
Having eaten my fair share of cookies over the years, I can tell you that these are worth the walk/drive/train/flight. Their hard meringue shell gives way to a silky, soft interior that really does melt into the filling. They’re so light and airy, it’s amazing how much flavor is packed into each bite. I can’t wait to stroll back over to Honore and sample more of their treats.
Honore Artisan Bakery
1413 NW 70th St, Seattle, Wa 98127
Open: Wed-Fri. 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Sat-Sun. 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: (206) 706-4035