The Art of the Patisserie


small-cakes-19Above is Pierre Hermé’s Patisserie next to Pasteur Metro.  It takes about 30 minutes to walk there from our apartments in the 7th, or take the metro in five.  But if you walk, you burn enough calories to eat one more macaron.

I used to be a Gateau a’ l’Opera addict, the delicious layered concoction of dark chocolate, coffee ganache or filling, cake and dark chocolate cream.  I considered Operas to be the sumum of pastry-making, especially after taking a class in how to make them once.  After four hours of non-stop work, I threw away my notes and am delighted to pay almost any price to buy one at my favorite patisseries.

Recently, I’ve fallen in love with macarons and after much taste-testing, have determined that Hermé makes the best.  I spent a small fortune on macarons from all over Paris recently and will be publishing photos and my humble opinions soon. Here is a selection of Hermé’s pastries and you can see the macaron theme in the pink raspberry macaron shells in the middle.   Besides the best macarons, his pastries are beautiful and scrumptious.

Below is one of my favorite Patisseries is located in our neighborhood is the Patisserie on Ave. de la Bourdonnais across from the Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars.  It’s around the corner from many of our Paris rental apartments and we tell our families to send their children out to buy warm croissants here each morning.  The business was sold to new owners a few years ago and the husband is a true pastry artist.  Their breads were always good, but now the pastries have gone to new levels of taste and originality.


2 Responses to “The Art of the Patisserie”

  1. Jenny Choo says:

    My husband and I will be spending Christmas Week in Paris this year. Both of us are avid photographers and I’m wondering if it’s acceptable in French culture to take photos of the food we’ll be eating in restaurants? I’ll definitely want to take pictures of the delicious cakes & pastry spread at the patisseries – do we need to ask permission first?
    I’ve just discovered your blog today and enjoyed reading your posts. Keep up the good work!
    By the way, we have reserved Cote de Beaune for our stay in Paris. It has been 8 years since we visited Paris; we’re celebrating our wedding anniversary and I am looking forward to a wonderful experience!

  2. madelyn says:

    Hi Jenny, yes I always take pictures of my favorite dishes in restaurants! Usually it’s so busy that no one notices….

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