Some weeks in Paris are full of lovely culinary surprises...OK most weeks. Here's an amuse-buche aquarelle of today's sweeties.
Une petite bouchee perhaps?
These little darlings are called "bouchee"
This one has THREE kinds of vanilla; Madagascar, Tahiti and Indian. Perfection for those of us trying to get a grip on French vanilla.
Did I say they are made by,
21, rue Rambuteau 75004
Open every day 11 - 8 pm
Two girls, Deborah Levy et Sarah Harb became obsessed with creating the perfect little bite(bouchee). You're gazing at a mini version of a religieuse in café and chocolat.
A mini Paris Brest (praline et pomme vert) on the left and a mini Fraisier on the right with a touch of pistache.
Tarte au Citron is an incontournable/a must-have in any patisserie. This one has a divine touch of Yuzu
I asked owner-creator Sarah Harb how do you eat these little gems? Are they like a one-bite sushi? Not at all. They entail a 3-step program. She kindly demonstrated.
This Nutella-noisette bouchee requires you to eat the bobble on top first (looking much like all the bobble knit hats everyone is wearing in Paris right now).
Get ready. Set. Go!
The décor of this tiny shop is decidedly girly. I was smitten.
Top pastry chef Eddie Benghanem of the Trianon Palace at Versailles has made these girls dreams come true, They had the concept and he did the creating in the cuisine so they are perfect. There are 12 designs in all for the winter collection.
Le Bonhomme de Neige is Benghanem's Holiday buche de Noel filled with vanilla mousse, poire, noisette biscuit and milk chocolate.
Lovely caramels for another mini bite in an array of flavors.
I got a mange-passion caramel I planned to save but forget about that happening.
More minis - these perfect tiny pain d'epice bites definitely made by fairy pastry chefs - very hard to stop eating these.
There is also guimave in the much-loved kid's candy flavor fraise Tagada
With a matching bouchee to boot...
Les Fees Patissieres is on a street (Rambuteau in the Marais) now loaded with tres delish pastry shops but it stands on its own very well. Everyone was peering in with deep envy watching us tasting bite after bite. Do drop by.