Puits d’Amour by Sébastien Gaudard

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The Puits d’Amour (“Love Well”) is a traditional French pastry going back to the 18th century, brought back to life by Sébastien Gaudard. It is a round-shaped pastry, which reminds one of a sweet cousin of the Bouchée à la Reine. Continue reading “Puits d’Amour by Sébastien Gaudard”

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Saint-Honoré by La Pâtisserie des Rêves

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This Saint-Honoré proposed by La Pâtisserie des Rêves (Philippe Conticini) could be surprising at first sight. It clearly differs from the classical version of this cake by its aesthetics and its construction. Its asymmetrical architecture is actually a balanced overlaying of choux, éclairs and hard caramel. A beautiful cream generously laying on its surface clearly gives a silky and rich feel to this dessert. There’s also a remarkable effort in the packaging of the product, and that will probably please picky buyers while perfectly corresponding to the dreamy image evoked by the name of the pastry shop. Continue reading “Saint-Honoré by La Pâtisserie des Rêves”

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L’Incroyable by Les Merveilleux de Fred

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Of late, pastry shops offering a single type of product have been popping all over Paris. Amongst these, Les Merveilleux de Fred offers a limited but interesting choice of Merveilleux (pronounced Mehveilleux). These trendy, somewhat decadent-looking pastries, are made of a dome sprinkled with a topping – usually chocolate. Amongst the various varieties of Merveilleux on sale, we test the one named l’Incroyable. Continue reading “L’Incroyable by Les Merveilleux de Fred”

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Plénitude by Pierre Hermé

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“Plenitude”, the name of this classic cake by Pierre Hermé, brings to mind a kind of complete perfection which is further evoked by its round shape. This dessert is a dark dome with a cracked surface, as if the hardened chocolate shell had burst into pieces when it came into contact with its molten center. A single white chocolate tile attracts the eye and enlivens the ensemble. The cake’s external appearance is certainly pleasant to the eye, except for the rather unflattering golden cardboard saucer on which it is presented. Continue reading “Plénitude by Pierre Hermé”

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