Last night I dreamt of Ladurée macaroons. Seriously. I know these have been all over the press for a while now, and on the foodie radar for a lot longer, but I only got to taste them for the first time on my recent visit to London. And oh my goodness, I am in love. These little tastes of heaven are now the ultimate objects of my affection. Krispy Kreme donuts can jog right on.
Ladurée macaroons can be purchased in the UK only in London, at either their Burlington Arcade or Covent Garden stores, or at their Harrods tearoom. I visited Ladurée at Covent Garden, an enchanting little shop and cafe with an alfresco dining area in the piazza.
As well as being a famous pâtisserie, Ladurée serves starters, mains and other desserts. However, I was there for one thing and one thing only: their famous macaroons. They are displayed beautifully in the store, and greedy people like me will find it nigh on impossible to select just a few. I ended up leaving my selection to chance, asking the friendly assistant to pick for me, only stipulating that I wanted the salted caramel. I chose a box of eight macaroons (price: £10.90) and ended up with chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, rose, blackcurrant violet, orange and Madagascar chocolate, as well as the salted caramel. Ladurée packaging is the epitome of loveliness, and even my humble purchase came in an adorable pastel green gift box and bag.
The macaroons didn’t completely survive the return journey home from London, and so whilst they did not look as pretty, the taste was exquisite. WOW. Each one was the very essence of its flavour, with the crisp shell giving way to a soft, intensely flavoured centre. They were all delicious, although I personally preferred the fruity ones to the creamy chocolate/ vanilla/ salted caramel. My favourites were the blackcurrant violet and rose, and I would go as far as saying that the rose macaroon may be the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. It was that good.