I did a very dangerous thing a couple weeks ago.I started following the spectacular Desserted in Paris Instagram account. Just a quick glance will demonstrate how Parisians feel about treats– they make the most incredibly delicious things, and then they somehow turn them into works of art.
It’s no secret that I have a major sweet tooth. It’s probably not the best thing for a diabetic, but hey- that’s why I have a fancy insulin pump….so I can indulge without hurting myself! Paris is PARADISE for dessert lovers like myself, and this Instagram account is full of amazing looking treats from a number of different pâtisseries around the city. So when Saturday morning dawned dark and rainy, we didn’t need to look far for inspiration of what to do in the city- it was off to the 7ème for a sweet adventure.
Karamel, as you may have guessed, specializes in homemade caramel and all things related. The shop is located in the 7ème, between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides. The store/tea room is absolutely beautiful and full of luxurious vintage-style pieces…I loved how they served tea and coffee on gold-rimmed china.
The treats did not disappoint! We got a profiterole filled with salted caramel creme, and this amazing confection that involved toasted and caramelized nuts and a whole lot of caramel cream. These treats were everything at once: sweet, salty, decadent but still light as air. In short, perfection!
Mon Éclair (ME)
A couple weeks ago I realized that I’d been living in Paris for MONTHS and still hadn’t had a single eclair. Inacceptable!! Marc and I were near the Arc de Triomphe and decided to investigate a pâtisserie nearby called Mon Éclair that allows you to ‘build’ your own eclair by choosing a filling, cream frosting and topping. They have some amazing options, it was very, very difficult to decide on just a couple! Marc and I ended up buying three: one with salted caramel filling and coffee cream, another with apple pie (tarte tatin) filling and coffee cream, and the final one with passion fruit filling and coconut cream. They were all wonderful, though I definitely preferred the apple pie one. And as usual, they were absolutely beautiful…
We have also had the chance to try another famous éclair chain in Paris, called Éclair de Genie. They were also amazing, though I missed the whole experience of choosing the flavours myself- the win definitely goes to Mon Éclair for this one!
Macarons at La Durée
You can’t talk about treats in Paris without mentioning macarons. They are quintessentially Parisian, and La Durée is one of the best places to find them. I love macarons, they are so small and yet so perfect- they have the perfect texture, the perfect balance, and the perfect size. They taste like luxury without being as over-the-top as an eclair. You can find every flavour under the sun at La Durée, but my favourite is vanilla. Pistachio, salted caramel, and coffee are also all spectacular!
That sums up the best treats we’ve tried so far, but I know this list is far from comprehensive! We still need to try Pierre Hermé, Boulangerie Utopie, and a few hundred others. It’s a tough job but someone needs to do it!!!
Until next time,