Puits d’Amour by Sébastien Gaudard

Puits_amour_sebastien_gaudard_3_cj

Puits_amour_sebastien_gaudard_3_cj

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.

Puits_amour_sebastien_gaudard_1_cj

Puits_amour_sebastien_gaudard_2_cj

This dessert in effect resembles a well entirely made of puff pastry. It is filled with a vanilla flavored pastry cream caramelized on the surface. It has a diameter of 60 mm and a height of 45 mm. The specimen we purchased weights 70 grams and costs 4.90 euros.

Puits_amour_sebastien_gaudard_4_cj

We notice straight away that the flaky pastry is not – or barely – sweet, which helps showcase the richness and flavor of the cream. The latter is light and airy, with a pronounced vanilla flavor. In terms of texture, the caramelization of the cream on the surface can barely be felt, thus enhancing – rather than undermining – the smooth and unctuous character of this dessert. Some could think there might be room for more amour in this well, by giving a thicker consistency to the cream. Amour léger or amour dramatique, both seem exquisite to us.

Puits_amour_sebastien_gaudard_5_cj

VERDICT

Sébastien Gaudard’s version of the Puits d’Amour is a treat which embraces its simplicity, and seduces by its straightforwardness. The rich and generous vanilla flavor easily elevates it to the ranks of desserts we gladly recommend.

Note: 4/5 Excellent

note45

Address:

22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
www.sebastiengaudard.com

Follow our Cake Justice auditions by subscribing to the Weekly Newsletter and by following Robescake on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

1 thought on “Puits d’Amour by Sébastien Gaudard”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *