If you haven’t eaten this bread before, it looks odd. If you have, I bet you just want to eat it again now you think about it. This bread is called La Praluline by François Pralus. It’s a rich buttery brioche filled with pink pralines. Almonds and hazelnuts are being coated in rose sugar, cracked and folded into the brioche by hand.
This is the recipe I have been making for years, but somehow I never posted it here. Before I knew I could make these things myself (before I really got into baking at home), I used to eat them during every trip to the US or Canada. Preferably as breakfast or afternoon snack. I prefer the buns slightly warm -fresh out of the oven or the next day heated up- without the thick layer of frosting. I just don’t like frostings that much, also the reason why I dislike most cupcakes.
The other weekend I went to Pierre Hermé with my friend to try some pastries we hadn’t tried yet. We picked up two macarons and three pastries. The one you see above is the tarte café. Every component of this tart is coffee flavored. I liked it, but my coffee loving friend thought the coffee they used wasn’t good enough. We made this one in school too, but the one we made was really sweet.
I had a little “pastry tour” with a wonderful blogreader – Hey Samantha!! ^^ – and my new flatmate (+ sister later)! We started off with Mori Yoshida, proceeded to Rue du Bac where La Patisserie des Reves, des Gateaux et du Pain and Angelina are located. After that we went to Sadaharu Aoki near Jardin du Luxembourg and to Samantha’s place for the degustation.
So somehow La pâtisserie des rêves never really made it to the blog, although it is one of my favorite pastry shops! The chef is Philippe Coniticini. He is a well known pastry chef. His shops are one of the few shops I actually revisit more than once. I think I mentioned the Paris-Brest that I had tried once, but after that no more? Time for a change, so here is what I tried so far since coming to Paris!
I was checking out the new Gourmet section in the Galeries Lafayette. And because I liked Aoki quite a lot the other weekend, I decided to try something again! I chose the half sphere Citron Praliné this time.
I have been getting emails with questions about my experience at Ferrandi, living in Paris and doing an internship here. Instead of emailing everyone similar answers back, I’ll try to sum it up in this post so you can all read it!
If there are questions missing, feel free to comment below.
One of the chefs I work with asked me if I tried Sadaharu Aoki. Sadly I had to answer with a no, not yet. He told me the tarte au caramel salé is really good. So off I went, to get that tart!
So last weekend La Pâtisserie des Rêves celebrated it’s 5th birthday with a huge picnic! Come dressed in pink and white, bring your blanket and get a box of free pastries! There was space for 5000 people (you had to register) and the party that was dressed the best with the nicest picnic props could win a private party at the salon de thé! So some people really made an effort to impress.
After a break from testing pastries in Paris I’m back in the game! A week ago I checked out the bar Les Heures inside the palace hotel Prince de Galles. The bar is the “casual” dining place of the hotel and where the afternoon tea happens. I took the “French tea time / thé a la française” which consists of a hot drink, a pastry of choice and a selection of cakes for €32. Read more…