{Paris Food Porn Part I}

Instead of a recipe today, I thought I’d recap a bunch of delicious eats (mostly desserts) I indulged in during my trip to Paris a month ago that I haven’t previously shared on the blog. Treats for your eyeballs. Enjoy!

*Warning: You may experience an overwhelming craving for sweets by the end of this post.*

Kouignettes (baby kouign ammans) – a Breton buttery pastry that is a combination of croissant and cake that is salty, sweet, chewy and crispy from Maison Georges Larnicol.

 They come in a wide range of flavours like chocolate, pistachio and coconut. The one above is the caramel beurre sale (salted butter caramel).

I developed an addiction to these pistachio financiers (a french almond tea cake) from Eric Kayser. Just to get an idea of scale, it was a little bigger than the size of my palm. Yep, that’s your big boy…

Continuing with my love affair for all things pistachio flavoured, I happily enjoyed this Saint Honore Pistache from the luxe patisserie of Hugo & Victor. Silky pistachio cream surrounded by two miniature filled cream filled profiteroles.

Sitting atop a sheet of “shatter-with-each-bite” caramelized puff pastry..This is the kind of dessert you DON’T want to share with anyone…

The Hugo Passion, another work of art from Hugo & Victor.

A light-as-air cloud of creamy passionfruit mousse surrounding a surprisingly tart pate de fruit center atop a slice of tender white cake.

I made it my mission to find the best canele in Paris

After reading a good review on David Lebovitz’s website, I sampled a couple from the gluten-free bakery, Helmut Newcake in the 10th arrondisement.

After eating more caneles than I care to mention. My favourite came from the macaron king himself, Pierre Herme. Intense vanilla bean flavour, a thick, crisp and evenly caramelized crust and chewy and tender rum-infused custard center. It’s what a creme brulee wants to be when it grows up.

Move aside cupcakes, donuts and macarons, I’m convinced caneles are going to be the next big thing!

Another gluten-free treat, the almost always sold out apricot pistachio tartlet from Helmut Newcake.

A delicious nutty frangipane filling in one of the best gluten-free shortbread crusts I’ve ever had.

Filled with slices of fresh juicy slices of sweet apricot and crushed pistachios.

In between all the pastries, I nibbled on bars of chocolate…

Like this smooth and creamy milk chocolate bar with candied grapefruit.

I tried adventurous desserts like this unusual “tarte tango” from Pierre Herme.

Pâte sablée dotted with sesame seeds, a Parmesan Reggiano cream dome atop a cheese tuile biscuit enrobed in a raspberry and sweet red pepper compote and decorated with fresh raspberries.

A really odd pairing of flavours that surprisingly works together.

I was so lucky to live only a few blocks away from one of the best boulangeries in Paris, De Pain et Des Idees. Their savoury mini rolls are to die for and make the perfect afternoon snack. They are filled with a variety of different flavour combinations, but my favourite was their smoked bacon, fig and reblochon cheese.

This and their signature Pain des Amis is definitely one of the things I’ll miss most about Paris. Sigh…

If you visit this boulangerie, be sure to get their seasonal tarte fine. In April and May, they featured this one topped with buttery caramelized apples and crushed toasted nuts.

I have had my fair share of tarte aux pommes and this one ranks right up with there with the best.

And last, but certainly not least.  If I could only visit ONE patisserie and get only ONE pastry, it would be this caramel eclair from Jacques Genin.

A deceptively simple looking pastry, but I promise you, this will be one of the BEST desserts you have ever eaten…Like EVER..

Salted caramel pastry cream surrounded by a long crisp golden choux pastry and topped off with a shiny picture perfect chocolate glaze. This was the last pastry I ate on my trip and would most definitely be “last meal” worthy.

Stay tuned for part II…

Comments
4 Responses to “{Paris Food Porn Part I}”
  1. I’m going to Paris in July, will definitely keep these lovely eats in mind – thanks!

  2. Mallory says:

    There is only one word to describe all of these pictures; cruel. Thanks now I have to wipe the spit off of my keyboard! haha

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