The French have their own Independence Day, but unlike ours, barbeque grills, hamburgers and hot dogs are traded in for something a little more old world.

La Fête Nationale, Bastille Day, celebrates the storming of the bastille on July 14. As sinister as Madame Guillotine might seem, there are no unrefined flavors in the French commemoration of the dissolution of the monarchy, but are there ever?

Celebrate this French holiday by popping a bottle of Champagne and savoring all of your favorite fine French dishes.

However, French cuisine and hot American summers don’t often pair well. Because of the sheer richness of many famous dishes, it can be tough to find a classic French recipe that lends itself to sweltering July temperatures. So take the advice of Marie Antoinette instead: eat cake.

The macaron, the petite meringue confection, isn’t exactly a cake, but it is a delicious and eye-catching way to celebrate the French holiday. For Bastille Day, make a macaron that combines the delicate flavors of French cuisine with the lightness needed for a new world summer.

This recipe for macarons is simplified slightly because it doesn’t require a full French meringue to be made. It is still a timely process, but almost everything French is. The results are always worth the effort and the time involved, and these macarons are proof to that belief.