I regularly buy pastries from shops. Trying not to consume too much sugar on a daily basis, but reserving for those magic moments. With this threat, I will post some of my recent hunts. There are basically 2 types of pastries, the ones you eat in restaurants or tea house, the second is the ones you buy from shops. You are welcome to post your finds in the both catagories.
Off we go, yesterday I was around in the Haussemann Opera district. A stop at Galerie Lafayette Gourmet and grabbed some cakes from several patisseries.
Starting with fruity favours, from l’Éclair de Génin, we have the Citron Yuzu éclair (Lemon, Yuzu - japanese grapefruit) and the Crispy Framboise éclair (Crispy raspberry). Me I love the lemon Yuzu one: lemon cream in the centre of the puff dough with the Yuzu icing on the top, it’s topped with Streusel and crispy Swiss meringue. Not very acid overall, and the Yuzu introduce a slight bitterness that creates a strong character. My partner love the raspberry éclair, it is really fruity in taste, with a slight acid taste, a lot of flavours that is seldom found in a raspberry dessert. If you know the style of Christophe Adam, you know his éclairs are completely filled with cream in the middle, actually you don’t feel that much of the dough, less airy than other pastry chef. I remembered the first time eating it, I find it a bit strange. Now, I just get used to it and like it much more.
The third cake is a Salty Caramel tart from the Japanese chef, Sadaharu AOKI. I like everything with caramel salty butter, so I just like every part of this tart, the tart base is sablé (like cookie) and hard and not too thick. Usually, I have some reservation with Aoki’s dessert, finding them slightly too sweet for my taste. But this one with the balance of the salty taste, is in its perfect equilibrium.
The last cake is from Jean-Paul Hevin, a Goncourt Chocolat - a layered chocolate cake alternating with caramelized dark chocolate and a dark chocolate pastry cream. For chocolate lover, this is a very aromatic bitter chocolate cake not to miss.