Ever since I first heard the word 'cronut' I've been desperate to try something from the hybrid foods craze. So when I heard about the 'Maclairs', a British original and available from somewhere we regularly visit - Liverpool, on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch a few months I was desperate to go.
This weekend we finally made the pilgrimage and it was well worth the wait.
I've always found eclairs a little bit of a disappointing dessert. It just always felt like something was missing. It turns out that something was a wonderfully chewy macaron topping. They are incredible.
When we visited, they were serving peanut butter and jelly maclairs which consisted of a pastry base topped with peanut butter, cream and a flavoured macaron. It was the stuff of dreams. I'm not even a big fan of peanut butter and I still thought they were delicious.
While we were in the shop (which is adorable and tiny and has lovely friendly staff) we also tried the macarons of the day which were lemon flavoured and equally as magical.
I've heard rumours of a maclair cookbook being on the horizon but in the meantime I'm definitely going to be trying to find a way to recreate these at home. Any tips, recipe suggestions or advice on making macarons (I've never tried before) would be greatly welcome as I'm absolutely obsessed with the idea! And if anyone knows where I can find some more UK hybrid foods please let me know that as well!