East End Sweets: French Pastries at Pierre's
July 10, 2012 | East End Eats
Pave d'Alsace at Pierre's
In honor of Bastille Day (this Saturday), we recently stopped in at Pierre’s Gourment Market and tried every French pastry we fancied.
First on our radar: gigantic, puffy meringues. Pure white and peppered with slivered almonds, Pierre’s meringues first shatter and then melt in your mouth. While at first glance they seem giant and sugary sweet, the meringues are actually delicate, light, and way too easy to polish off in one sitting.
Next we tried the crisp and gooey pave d’Alsace (ABOVE). These golden squares of puff pastry are layered with fresh raspberry jam and almond honey and topped with toasted (almost candied) almonds.
Equally scrumptious, the apple Alsacienne is a luxe, 10-inch custard tart with chunks of tender apples, almonds, and raisins. With a bumpy, browned surface and rough edges, it’s not the most attractive tart in the case, but take one bite and you’ll know you’ve made the right choice.
Last but not least on our list of favorites, the Napoleons are silky, flaky, and divine. Available with vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry filling, we preferred the classic vanilla. With two layers of velvety vanilla cream and puff pastry, this oozy treat is both messy and decadent.
—KATHY YL CHAN