Olive oil and roasted almond nougat, honey & vanilla bean mashmallows coated in roasted coconut, soft white chocolate and stem ginger fudge…
These are only some of the amazing things you will be able to sink your teeth into at French style confectioner, Ma Mére Maison. Hidden away in the Salt Circle Arcade in Salt River, to me it seemed like this just has to be of Cape Town’s best kept secrets.
Their home borders Woodstock and is not too far away from the Old Biscuit Mill. Salt Circle Arcade is on the opposite side of the road and very close to the big traffic circle that takes you into Salt river. If you enter from Albert Rd, you pass through a little alleyway of shops, then a courtyard and into the next building’s foyer which is filled with a pretty fountain, some greenery & some water features.
Then look to your left and you’ve arrived:
I was already very very excited at this point…
Ma Mére Maison in French mean’s “my mother’s kitchen” and you certainly feel that welcoming, cosy feel of a family kitchen as you step into their workshop.
Owner, Lexi Bechet & partner, Di Spicer, are both passionate about crafting beautiful handmade treats and Lexi spends a lot of time in that kitchen coming up with wonderful new creations.
Heaven… I’m in heaven… (good luck with getting that song outta your heads now)
I got so sample some of their hottest sellers. First up their Parisian macarons:
How beautiful is that selection? And I can tell you, they taste equally good. And at only R6 per macaron if you buy a box of six (even less if you buy large quantities), it’s an absolute steal. These totally matched up to my favourite babies from Cassis, and that’s never happened before…
Next was their signature salted macadamia nut brittle:
Brittle. Is. So. Addictive.
And their salted macadamia nut, sea salt & honey nougat:
Mmmmm… love at first bite…
That whole salty & sweet thing has become huge hasn’t it? And for good reason. It’s absolutely delicious. I made the mistake of telling the boyfriend about my loot… and my brittle & nougat mysteriously disappeaded… but luckily he only got to it after I had already managed to basically inhale those macarons.
Oh and get this, they also do red velvet cake pops. I love cake pops and I love red velvet, so to me this just sounded too good to be true. Sadly they didn’t have any for sampling as they do them on special request. But they were nice enough to send me this piccie to drool over:
I’m feeling a little Valentine’s day gift from me to me coming on (OK not so little, I’m thinking about 2 dosen should be enough. hehe).
You can purchase Ma Mére Maison’s exquisite goodies directly from their shop or from a variety of wine farms and delis around the Western Cape. But most of their time is spent working on orders for weddings and special events. I mean just imagine how happy your guests will be with a little Ma Mere Maison party box, or even better, a tower of macarons! But before you go and call them up for an order, please also make sure I’m on the guest list… pretty please.
Find Ma Mére Maison at:
- Unit G3, Salt Circle Arcade, 19 Kent Road, Salt River (opposite the Old Biscuit Mill)
Or contact them on:
- firstname.lastname@example.org / 082 445 2091
Also show them some love by giving them a “Like”on their Facebook page or following them on Twitter (@_mamere).
Here’s to sweet Ma Mére Maison dreams for everyone…