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.
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.
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.
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
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