Giveaway :: Ladurée Sucré (The Recipes)
Ladurée’s Sucré is now in English, and one of you gets to win a copy! That’s right. Now you can bake Ladurée’s greatest recipes, including their legendary macarons, in your own kitchen. So how do you enter? Easy. Just “Like” the official Paris Patissieres Facebook Fan Page. I’ll select the winner, at whim, from the list of all page fans on Tuesday the 23rd. Announcement of the winner will be on the fan page’s wall that morning. Enter now . . . cause all the cool kids are doing it.
Even though I can’t give a copy to you all, I can let you peek inside. So here’s a fine assortment of awesome images I snapped from the book with my trusty D90. And remember the adage, “Man cannot live on bread alone, but he can totally survive on pastry.”
Sucré kicks-off with the basic almond macaron recipe. It is the basis for all other macaron endeavors, so master that . . . and you’re practically halfway to becoming a macaron deity. Please note that achieving mastery is a time-consuming process that may result in 20+ pounds of weight gain.
They chase the basis recipe with lemon, raspberry and chocolate macarons. It’s a key mix of variations – notably the chocolate, which can be one of the more challenging macarons for anyone to conquer – Ladurée recipe or not. Would I have liked a Fleur d’Oranger macaron recipe here, too? Yes. A réglisse and a cassis would have been rad’, as well. But I’ll survive.
You’ve got to love the millefeuille. Not only was Ladurée cool enough to include their recipe (and they do have some of the best millefeuille in Paris), but they have a section in the back of the book that contains recipes for all the essential pastry parts: millefeuile caramelise, crème patissiere, choux, etc. It’s a perfect tool for those who like to experiment and dream up their own pieces based on those core elements.
This photo blew my mind – fruit and mint soup. Sweet Baby Jesus.
The Divin is divine . . . for real. It’s one of their best pastries.
But the Harmonie is one of my Top 5 from Ladurée. I am a sucker for pistachios.
And, of course, the Kouglof is one of my breakfast staples in Paris. Nothing quite like brioche, dipped in orange blossom water and coated in sugar. I actually had a dream about one last night – no joke. If you’ve never had one, your life is tragically incomplete.
I just loved the above photo from the book. I mean . . . it’s humble, yet it’s dazzling. The loaves also look “bite size” enough to enjoy in their entirety 😉
All I’m going to say about the above is, “Yes, please.”
One of you gets to win this copy, straight from PP with love. The rest of you will have to wait to see if it ever makes its way to the U.S. and outside of Europe, or you can just jump on Amazon’s UK site and drop some “coin” to have it shipped to your corner of the globe. So, “Like” Paris Patisseries on Facebook now, and if you win, I’ll ship it anywhere in the world your heart desires.
Of course, if you have a friend who’d also be into the book, you might want to tip them off about this giveaway. Should they win, they’re bound to share with you . . . the recipes or the finished products they whip up. What could be better?