EXPLORING BIARRITZ

WITH DESIGNER ANNE FONTAINE

A HIGHLIGHT ON MAISON ADAM

The BASQUE MACARON /

The royal macaron from the Maison Adam.

Basque macarons are the quintessential and unadorned version of their sleek cousins, the Parisian Macarons, from Pay Basque.

Macarons basques, the most famous coming from Maison Adam in St Jean de Luz, Called mouchous or muxu in the local basque dialect, are like Parisian macarons but chewier and served individually, and plain.

During the marriage of Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain at Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1660, few macaroons from the Maison Adam were placed on a tin tray. This delicate delicacy was so appreciated by the sovereign gourmet it ensured the success of Maison Adam.

Steeped in the Basque culture, the expertise is the heart of Maison Adam. Passed along from generation to generation - the secret recipe has been passed down through generations of pastry chefs to protect the exceptional, centuries-old character of Adam macaron.

For more than 360 years, the know-how and the traditional recipe have remained unchanged. Today the public can savor the same macaron as the young king in his time. The recipe, perpetrated by their ancestors before them, is now made by Miguel and Andoni Telleria-Adam in the discretion of their workshop with the same desire to provide gourmet innovation in their preparation of pastries, confectionery and chocolates.

While shooting our Spring – Summer 2022 Collection – our designer Anne Fontaine took a moment to visit Maison Adam and speak with the owners and enjoyed a sweet treat while basking in the beauty of the historic patisserie.

The iconic pâtisserie Maison Adam located in Saint-Jean-de-Luz at 4, Place Louis XIV.

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