Des Gâteaux et du Pain
Add: 89 rue du Bac , 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 48 30 74
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~6pm
Price: [pastries] €5~6
Tasted on: Dec 2013
Newly opened! A second boutique of Des Gâteaux et du Pain, just steps from La Pâtisserie des Rêves on rue du Bac. If you’ve read my previous posts on this pâtisserie here, here, and here, you know it’s one of my favorites in Paris. The new boutique is designed in the same style as the original on boulevard Pasteur – sleek, modern, elegant, a bit too much so for my personal preference – but anyway, let’s focus on the pastries.
On the left side of the boutique is a long display of petits gâteaux, and on the right is a lineup of viennoiseries, gâteaux de voyage, confitures, etc.
My acquisitions of the day.
‘Tis the season for chestnuts, and Claire Damon came up with her interpretation of this popular winter ingredient. Mont-Blanc Cassis (€6) from the bottom up: shortcrust pastry tart shell, black currant compote, bits of glazed chestnuts and meringue, chestnut paste, and chantilly. Pastries from Des Gâteaux et du Pain tend to be quite light, and in comparison this one is more on the sweet side. Having said that, it’s still less sugar-loaded than the traditional mont blanc, and the thin layer of sour black currant compote does well in cutting the sweetness. Like.
Absolu Orange (€5.80), beautiful bright color, reminded me of the tarte orange I had from La Pâtisserie des Rêves a while back. It’s made from Sicilian oranges, though flavor-wise I did not find this too memorable.
A real surprise of the day was Lipstick Clair-Obscur (€5.80), composed of “croustillant à la cassonade” (a crunchy mix of crushed almonds and sweet almond paste), coffee mousseline made from Ethiopia Moka, orange blossom water-flavored crème brulée, lady fingers, and coffee chantilly cream. I’m usually not a fan of coffee-flavored desserts, but decided to try this when I saw orange blossom water in the ingredient list. And I loved the combination! Orange blossom water’s particular, refreshing flavor was evident throughout the coffee ensemble, yet harmoniously combined.
Now there are simply too many temptations on rue du Bac…