I have for some time, been reminicing about taking tea at the famous Laduree Tea Salon. There is nothing like dressing up like a lady, gathering your best girlfriends, spending a ridiculous amount of money on Violet tea, some Chocolate a la feuille d'or macarons, (who doesn't love Gold leafed desserts?) and sharing good stories. Makes me wish I was back in Paris. *Sigh*
Louis-Ernest Ladurée, founded the bakery on the Rue Royale, in 1862. After burning down in a fire in 1871 a new pastry shop was built at the same location.
Desfontaines also opened a tearoom at the pastry shop. Back in those days the ladies were not admitted into cafés, which were the exclusive domain of men (could you imagine). This was a big success with ladies, who enjoyed meeting in the freedom of the tearoom rather than their homes and in such a setting.
Laduree is famous not just for their macarons but for their other equally impressive pastries. There are so many and they are so delicious! One can also get sandwiches, omelettes, salads, cafe, tea, and so much more there. Upon seeing one of their wedding cakes, I vowed to renew my vows with my husband one day in the Collinade in Versailles garden's with a Laduree cake! I was only able to visit the Champs Elysees but I am a devoted fan! And, for all of you fans out there...I hear they are coming to the States soon.
The following is my best translation of the Laduree recipe:
275 grams powdered sugar
Recipe credit Ph. Andrieu (Laduree) translated by Gerri Davis
La nouveauté Automne Hiver 2008 : Le Macaron Mangue Jasmin
Les parfums permanents : Chocolat - Chocolat amer - Vanille - Café - Pétales de Rose - Pistache - Framboise - Cassis violette - Caramel au beurre salé - Griottes - Fleur d’Oranger - Réglisse.
Les parfums d'été :Noix de coco - Menthe Glaciale - Grenadine.
Les parfums d’hiver : Citron - Marron - Praliné
Les Créations spéciales & éphémères : Abricot Gingembre - Muscovado - Barbapapa - Havana - Ambre blanc - Rose Indienne - Anis - Orange Safran - Muguet - Pain d’épice - Fraise coquelicot - Poivre de Java - Citron vert Gingembre - Rosanis - Epices & fruits moelleux
Don't forget that every season there is a new flavor macaron! I wonder if my husband will buy that as a reason to go more often!?!