Sunday, January 27, 2013

On my shelf - Laduree: The Sweet Recipes

Laudree: The Sweet Recipes * is the best cookbook I purchased last year.

Yup I'm in Laudree love and have been since it arrived, each recipe I have tried has turned out deliciously perfect, allowing me to recreate that just visited a patiserrie feeling at home.

OK I admit some of the recipes involve many steps - this is not a book dedicated to one bowl baking. But if you follow the instructions the end result is completely achievable and you can rest assured you will have a sweet worth the time and effort.

Although in saying that there are a few simple recipes which can be undertaken in less than an hour.

The book includes sections for macarons, large cakes, tarts, tea cakes, confections, drinks, pastries and more.

Laduree at Amazon

Look at these pretty little puffs I made for my daughter's birthday party. They were totally amazing, and the chocolate version were fabulous as well.

(ummmm the fondant topping is a little rough due to my fault not the recipe - I was rushed as guests were arriving and I did not melt it enough)

A couple of the recipes do call for specialist ingredients for example, pouring/dipping fondant which is different than ready rolled fondant. But in these days of easy internet online ordering you should be able to locate any item will little fuss.

Link to Sucre at Fishpond (free shipping to Australia and NZ)
Laduree: Sucre: The Recipes  

The actual book is a little smaller than regular, has a velvety cover with gilt edge pages and it comes in a pretty little box. It is such a treasure I have managed to keep it looking quite good to date despite the fact that it has been used unlike many of the books that lanquish on my shelves. Plus each recipe has a lovely little full page picture showing the finished treat.

Recipe measurements are in both metric and imperial :)

Oh and make sure you get the English version, unless of course you are looking for the original. 

* I purchased Laduree Sucre myself and did not receive it in exchange for a review. I just like to share what works for me.

If you are looking for other cookbook favorites of mine I also recommend the following books which are well suited to the home baker. I have tried many of the recipes with consistently good results :

The Whimsical Bakehouse

The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-To-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look!

More from Magnolia (which contains the recipe for Magnolia's famous vanilla cupcakes)

More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen  

Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores:

Or here at fishpond (Aus/NZ)

Sweets on a Stick: More Than 150 Kid-Friendly Recipes for Cakes, Candies, Cookies, and Pies on the Go!

Sweets on a Stick also available at the Bleeding Heart Brisbane: contact details


  1. I have this too and it is a gorgeous little book. Have you tried the macarons recipe? Did it come out tasting/looking like theirs? I know they use IM rather than FM for the store macs so I was curious how different the product of this recipe would be...

    1. Hi Six Bitterweets, no I did not try out the macarons I stick with my recipe pretty much all the time now which is IM :)

  2. It's been sitting on my shelf for month. Too intimidated to try anything. You've inspired me to try. Those puffs are so pretty.

    1. Lora you could totally make the stuff in this book :)

  3. After reading this I walked over to Laduree Sydney hoping to buy the book. I was disappointed they did not have any in stock. Purchased it via Amazon instead ... now the wait for deliver !!

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  5. I'm so glad that they have the English version! My one semester doing French at uni won't really help with some of those complicated recipes! :P

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