In a perfect world, with unlimited resources and where I would never be full (or need to jog off a dozen extra pastries), I would have liked to try everything they had for sale at the L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais, a very cute bakery near the Place de Vosges in Paris. It all looked spectacular, and the prices seemed very reasonable. In this world, however, I could only try a few things. I opted for a croissant, a brioche au sucre and a Paris Brest. A brioche au sucre is a rich, buttery brioche dough that has coarse sugar sprinkled on top to give it some sweetness and some crunch. It’s simple, but good. The Paris Brest is a ring of choux pastry, the same as you would use for a cream puff, that is filled with a whipped cream or mousse filling. This one was palm-sized (although there are versions the size of cakes) and had a coffee filling.
Everything was outstanding, but the croissant was particularly good. I’m no expert on croissants, but this was certainly the best I’ve had. It was light and flaky, almost crumbly, and it tasted like browned butter because the bottom seemed to have caramelized slightly during baking. Amazing.
You can almost see how fluffy and soft the brioche de sucre was! It inspires me to make use of some of the coarse sugar I have in the kitchen at home.
This is the palm-sized Paris Brest. It had slivered almonds on top. Tasted more like dessert than breakfast, but who am I to complain! Here’s the shot of the inside, you can see that the pastry-to-filling ratio is about 4:1.
L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais
32, Rue Turenne
jaimeMay 24, 2009
the pastry to filling ratio should be the gold standard for all baked goods 🙂 Everything looks so yummy can’t wait to see more
AnnabelleMay 24, 2009
Oh yum!! I am truly salivating right now! They look so delicious… am heading off to Paris this August, so I shall keep an eye out for this tantilising bakery.
foodforhersoulMay 24, 2009
That looks really good, I love your blog and your pictures are beautiful!
Morta Di FameMay 24, 2009
OH THOSE CROISSANTS LOOK AMAZING! I CAN TASTE THEM!
justineMay 24, 2009
Wow, I think I’m ready to move to paris now!
KatieMay 25, 2009
Your trip to Paris sounds amazing. You are finding some wonderful foodie places. The pastries look divine
liorMay 25, 2009
please stop! You’re killing me, I’m on a diet
Adam @ Green tea To Lose WeightMay 25, 2009
I’m seriously thinking to move to Paris! Those look really delicious!
ElyseMay 25, 2009
Oh man oh man, do those pastries look divine! So glad you’re having such a wonderful time in Paris. Everything looks absolutely divine. Delish!
snooky doodleMay 25, 2009
oh this looks so good! delicious pastries in France. wish to go there !
LibrariNerdMay 26, 2009
Place de Vosges, actually. And it’s a great picnic spot!
JoeMay 26, 2009
Great job on the pictures. I have never been to France but have some friends that go every year and rave about the croissants. Where to find some pastries like this in New Mexico? joe
davidJune 1, 2009
Their croissants are outstanding, aren’t they? Glad you found em