February 06 2013
The inimitable taste and timeless elegance of Parisian pâtisserie Ladurée are beloved the world over by devotees of the sweeter things in life – as is the company’s most famous confection, the macaron. For its Valentine’s Day celebrations this year, Ladurée is making a range of these bite-sized delights filled with rose-tea and cognac cream, and packaging them in a pretty, heart-strewn box (second picture, £32 for 14). For a perfect ending to a dinner à deux, there is also a large, heart-shaped, rose-flavoured Ispahan macaron encasing rose-petal cream with raspberries and lychees (third picture, £21).
But there can be no finer symbol of togetherness than the one envisaged by pastry chef Vincent Lemains, who has created a limited-edition version of the religieuse (first picture, £26; available from February 9 to 14) – a choux pastry named after its shape, which loosely resembles a nun in her habit. In Lemains’ confection, one half, made of pink chocolate, contains a multitude of tiny puff pastries with rose-tea cream; the other half, in dark-chocolate, encases the same puff pastries, but with cognac cream. Joined together, they stand firmly united against the outside, sheltering untold sweetness within.