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A delicious new Valentine’s habit

Ladurée’s limited-edition love token of two halves

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A delicious new Valentine’s habit

February 06 2013
Mary Lussiana

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.