Salut, Paris and welcome to the City of Love where love is in the air. There is some magic spread out in this town and that’s why it’s supposed to be one of the most romantic cities worldwide.
Only one piece of proof (among many others) is Joe Dassin’s song “Et si tu n’existais pas”. Do you remember what he sang about?
“And if you didn’t exist, I would try to invent love like a painter who sees under his fingers the day’s colours, borne and that aren’t coming back.” Lovely, isn’t it?
Well, I admit I am starting this post a little bit misleadingly. Now you think that I will speak about love, about these couples in love that fill the Parisian parks and streets with their sentiments, about the butterflies flying in the stomach when a woman gets a wedding ring from her fiancé in front of the Eiffel Tower. No. 🙂 Absolutely no. 🙂 I have an intention to bring you on a short, “sweet” trip around the City of Love during which you will make friends with some of the French (some of them being typical Parisian) pastries. I said you would “make friends” but as a matter of fact, you will “become more than friends” because they are so irresistible. And which are they?
In the beginning I need to say that Paris has never disappointed its visitors when it comes to desserts and sweets. It has too many sweet pastries like, for example, Croissant. Normally, it is part of the traditional breakfast in Paris as well as of other nations’ breakfast. In brief, it is a viennoiseries bread roll which is made of layered dough with butter. When a croissant is filled with chocolate, then we get Pain au Chocolat and when it is raisin-rich, then we speak about Pain au Raisin (or raisin bread roll).
Other Parisian sweet temptations are Flottantes and Clafoutis. The Floating Island is a meringue floating on crème anglaise. Nice, a? 🙂 As to Clafoutis, we can describe it as a thick, sweet batter with cherries with powdered sugar on it. Yummy-yummy …. Simply delicious. What else? Your fourth pastry lover would be Crepes. They are the classical pancakes of France that can be either sweet (you will decide whether to get them filled with sweet chocolate, jam, ice-cream or fruit fillings) or salty (with cheese, eggs, vegetables and ratatouille, or various kinds of meat). Last but not least, you should try the “burnt cream”. No worries it’s not what you are thinking about right now. It’s simply Crème Brulee and classical French dolce. Its base is a vanilla custard richly covered with a layer of caramelized sugar. There is a usual way of serving Crème Brulee, i.e. in tiny glazed ceramic bowls. That makes it even more unique.
Bon appétit 🙂