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Valentine’s macarons champion self-love, self-compassion—like Red Sinigang

'Let us accept and forgive ourselves for the things that we did and did not do'

Truly Filipino, Jane Dough Desserts aspires to recreate these well-loved flavors by staying true to the flavor's roots

Jane Dough Desserts pastry chef and Benilde Culinary Arts alumna Allyza Cepeda

For this romantic season and beyond, emerging pastry chef Allyza Cepeda of Jane Dough Desserts promotes self-compassion and self-love through her newest macaron collection.

Entitled My Love Letter to You, the selection was specially conceptualized and handcrafted by the pâtissier to gently remind fellow dreamers, mostly those who are struggling with inner conflicts, to take a much-needed break and eventually be kinder to themselves.

“Let us accept and forgive ourselves for the things that we did and did not do,” she advised. “Let us treat ourselves. No matter what, there is no better person who can love us but ourselves.”

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Macaron flavors: from left, Pomme Cannelle, Pesto Tinapa, Ruby Blackberry, Rosas, Chocolate Dinuguan, Red Sinigang

My Love Letter to You consists of meringue-based confections inspired by popular Filipino comfort foods, meant to  bring back nostalgic memories of home-cooked meals with the family.

Influenced by the all-time Filipino favorite sour soup, Red Sinigang captures the delectable blend of tomatoes and tamarind. Chocolate Dinuguan is an unconventional yet exquisite take on the Filipino blood stew. Pesto Tinapa is a decadent bite-sized dessert capturing the mouthwatering tang of basil and smoked fish.

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Macaron Bouquet from Jane Dough Desserts

The assortment includes classic macaron flavors, such as the toothsome apple and cinnamon tea combination in Pomme Cannelle, the fruity fusion of succulent berries and ruby chocolates in Ruby Blackberry and the calming fragrance of roses in Rosas.

“These are the flavors that gave me solace and courage during trying times,” Cepeda said. “Similar to this collection, life is both an adventure and a gift—we must enjoy it despite the ups and downs, may it be full of lemons, bittersweet moments or sweet instances.”

“Love yourself more, because that love will radiate around you. It will attract whatever it is that your heart desires,” she added.

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Macaron bouquet from Jane Dough Desserts made more special with Filipino flavors

My Love Letter to You comes in a dainty gift box or mini flower bouquet, simply as a treat to oneself, or perhaps a fitting token to express admiration and appreciation to a loved one. “My hope is that every person wouldn’t have to wait for someone to give them flowers—because you can also get it for yourself,” Cepeda said.

Cepeda, who trained at the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (SHRIM) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, aims to touch more people through her pastries year-round.

“Moving forward, I hope to grow Jane Dough Desserts to reach more people because Jane Dough is not me, Allyza. It is every person who is fearless to achieve what their heart desires and realize their dreams,” she said.

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‘In Full Bloom’ is a 5-piece mini macaron set from Jane Dough, mini flower bouquet from GemsTouch PH, Lychee Rose candle from KC Candles, and custom-labeled wine from Label Whore

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