Tag Archives: brioche

Coconut Bun

27 Oct

A great disappointement. First the bun is a way too oily and dried.

Secondly the cream: just like american cream: heavy, without taste. I just got the feeling that i’m eating plain cream (then what’s the point of creating vanilla?). As far as i love French whipping cream, i hate american’s one. So this already was a big mistake.
And then, the coconut, dried and without much flavor.
Another thing: the cream amount was ridiculous compared to the bun.

In the end: disliked the cream, bad balance between coconut, cream and bun. I’ll never take this cake again.

Advertisements

Croissant like Bun

7 Oct

I had seen this bun shape in several bakeries here, so i wanted to tried. It has a little bit the shape of a big croissant but one that is still not totally rolled.Since it was quite big compare to their other bum, i thought it would be filled with something.
What a disappointment, it was dry, not fresh at all. The bun wasn’t good, not soft as the other ones. I’ll not take it again.

Chiffon cake

7 Oct

Another attempt at the bakery. Again, it was really smooth, but this bun had the taste of fruits. I don’t know which one, maybe melon, but i’m really not sure. I’m still amazing by their bun and how different they are. Good, but i prefered the other one that i tried before.

Salted toast & Slice of Bun at the 2nd bakery – NCCU

25 Sep

Since nearly all the restaurants are closed after 2:30, i tried to find something salty at the bakery, and chose a toast. This one has green onion, bechamel, bacon, and parsley. Actually i was really surprised by it. It was really good, with a little of pepper, the bread was crispy and soft in the middle. I think that’s because of the flour that they use and that’s differnet from Europe. Anyway, i really loved it and it was perfect for dinner. I think i will try again somehting there.

Then i tried a slice of their bun. My god, it was soooo soft! It melted in the mouth. And there was this flavor that i also tasted in some Japanese breads, but that i never found in France and that i loved. It’s really addictive. They don’t have really good dessert, but when it comes to buns (what they call bread but that look like buns), they’re really good. I prefered this one to Eric Kayser’s one, even if they’re totally different, this one is more what i expect of a bun.

This is the second bakery on the left starting from NCCU main gate.

Eric Kayser Taipei

20 Sep

I tried the Brioche and a “sablé”, a simple one with butter (again in the description in the shop, i recognized “milk”, as if it was something healthy…).

The sablé was nice, but i would have baked it a little longer i guess. Otherwise the taste is great, you can smell the butter but not too much, and the sugar too on the border of the biscuit. Nice but not unforgettable.

The Brioche was with chocolate and orange peels. I didn’t expect the orange peels, but it was really nice. The flavor is here again, but it was starting to dry a little at each end of the brioche, so maybe add a little butter and also make it softer.

In the end, the shop is quite like in Paris (good but not awesome), except that the bread is twice as expensive as in France (100TWD) and that the “baguette” is more expensive than unconventional breads like the curcuma or olive ones (that’s quite strange…). You also can find some Taiwanese bakeries i guess because they sell strange flavors that you can’t find in France shops.
However, their almond croissants look awful. I even wonder how they can present it to customers. It doesn’t look like croissant at all, just likea cake that was too cooked and you can’t even find the croissant shape.

Of another funny thing! They sell brioche that looks exactly like “biscotte” (continental toast)! We were looking at them and my friend was saying that she needed some for her breakfast, so she took it, and was surprised to find it was a brioche!

It’s quite expensive for here, so once it’s a while it’s ok. It cost me 210 TWD for one little bread, 1 brioche and one biscuit.

B2 Breeze Shopping Mall

MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing

Kougelhof from Des gâteaux & du Pain

17 Jul

I told my parents to go to Des gâteaux & du Pain to buy bread for the dinner, and they couldn’t resist to buy this Kougelhof (Kouglof). This is a special bread from Alsace, a region in France that has a border with Germany. They have a lot of typical food and i’d like to try them all. For example, the recipe of the Chinois that you can find on my blog is also from this region. They have a strong identity, and i really like regions like that, Brittany is like this too.

Well, i wake up this morning to take a picture of this Kougelhof, but as you can see, someone didn’t wait for me to taste it. ;p. I had never tried any before that i can remember. This is a bum with almonds, dried grapes and puffy cream. As for my, the bum was great, not too dry (i always choke with bum and rice and couscous because i eat too quickly. I can’t help it, if it’s good, i eat quickly so that i can be the first one to serve myself again and i can have more *=* that’s my strategy!). However, there were not enough grapes and almonds in the bum and i barely felt the puffy cream that was in the middle. So i was a little disappointed. But i’m a total stranger to Kougelhof so i don’t know if there should have more cream or dried fruits…
So i still prefer their croissants & pains au chocolat.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

J’ai demandé à mes parents d’aller à Des gâteaux & du Pain pour acheter le pain pour le diner, et ils n’ont pas résisté à la tentation d’acheter un Kougelhof (et le même pain que la dernière fois d’ailleurs, alors qu’il y en a plein de différents). Le Kougelhof est une spécialité alsacienne. J’aime les régions avec une forte identité, comme l’Alsace et la Bretagne, parce que souvent elles ont des particularités culinaires qu’elles seules savent faire et qu’il est difficile de trouver ailleurs. Le Chinois, dont vous pouvez trouver la recette sur le blog, est aussi de cette région.

Donc, je me suis levée ce matin pour prendre en photo le fameux Kougelhof avant que quelqu’un ne le commence, mais j’ai pu voir qu’on ne m’avais pas attendu pour l’entamer. D’aussi loin que je m’en souvienne, je n’en avais  jamais mangé.
Il s’agit d’une brioche avec des amandes, des raisins secs et de la crème pâtissière au centre. J’ai trouvé la brioche bonne, sucrée comme il faut, pas trop sèche, je ne me suis pas étouffée contrairement à mon habitude (je suis une professionnelle de la stratégie ” je-mange-vite-pour-me-resservir-plus-vite-et-en-avoir-plus”, mais je m’étouffe avec les brioches le riz et le couscous en général). Par contre, j’ai trouvé qu’il manquait de raisins secs dans la brioche et on sentait à peine la crème pâtissière au centre. Après, vu que je ne connais pas le produit réellement, je ne peux pas juger.
Un peu déçue donc, je reste sur leurs pains au chocolat et croissants.

Des Gâteaux & du Pain

8 Jul

Today i bought some croissants and other viennoiseries to celebrate my last internship day. I decided to go to one of the best Paris bakeries concerning croissants, to try and test if this shop was as great as said. So here is my review about Des gateaux et du Pain…

A quite big shop as opposed to pastryshop, all in black (something that doesn’t change at least…). The saleman was wearing a cooker clothe, which is quite fun when you see the shop (really high class, like a jewelry shop, but with bread and viennoiseries instead of jewelry). The man was nice, and gave me a lot of napkins. It is more expensive than a normal bakery (of course I want to say), but since the shop and the place is great, it seems normal.

Croissants

Definitely the best I’ve ever had, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Light, not too fat but with the taste of butter… Gosh, amazing. And they’re even better when you directly crunch them without cutting them before.

Pain au chocolat

The paste is the same, and the chocolate is real chocolate, not the little thing that you usually find in your pain au chocolat. I’m fond of this one. My favorite.

Brioche

I couldn’t try it unfortunately, so I don’t know how it is. But it looks great, right?

Chausson aux pommes = flaky pastry filled with apple compote

This one was ok. I didn’t really enjoy it because I don’t like cinnamon, and there’re (nearly) always cinnamon in chaussons aux pommes. However, the compote was homemade and quite good. I have only tried chaussons once or twice, and I wanted to try the one from La patisserie des rêves since I saw a great review about it, but as I don’t like cinnamon, I think I’m going to cancel my little trip.

Pain aux raisins

According to Jojo, it was not really good, there weren’t enough grapes and so goes for the cream.

Madeleines

They were really good. What I preferred is that they used honey so that it would not spoil the taste of the Madeleine butter, as it’s the case with lemon madeleines (but that’s my point of view). And was I really liked about those is that the top was still a little soft and liquid, as if it had not finished baking, that made the Madeleine less dry and really melting in the mouth. (As you can see, they had some problems with the trip…)

Almonds & Grapes Bread

Really good! In fact, it was soo good that we only eat this bread as dinner! I loved the grapes that soften the bread and their sweetness with the crispy of the almonds.

Go there for the croissant and Pain au chocolat, Madeleine and bread, there really are as great as said. However, don’t expect the same thing from all viennoiseries. I’ll try to go there again because..gosh…can’t forget the taste…

Des Gâteaux & du Pain
63 Boulevard Pasteur
75015 Paris
Open all days except tuesdays: 8am-8pm

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Aujourd’hui, j’ai acheté des croissants et des viennoiseries pour fêter mon dernier jour de stage. J’ai décidé d’aller à l’une des boulangeries de Paris les plus réputées pour ses croissants, pour voir si elle était réellement à la hauteur de sa réputation. Voici donc mon résumé…

La boutique est très grande, ce qui s’oppose aux pâtisseries jusque là toutes petites. Très classe, on dirait plutôt une bijouterie avec du pain et des gâteaux à la place des bijoux. Le serveur porte le vêtement du cuisinier, ce qui dénote assez avec la boutique, mais détend un peu l’atmosphère sérieuse du lieu (noir et beige/marbré). Bien sûr, comme on peu s’y attendre, les prix sont plus élevés que pour une boulangerie normale.

Croissants

Les meilleurs que j’ai pug outer jusqu’à present, croustillants  à l’extérieur, ils on tune forme assez particulière. On voit bien chaque trait de la pâte pliée. L’intérieur est bien moelleux, se détache facilement. Il est léger, pas gras comme certains, on n’a pas les mains graisseuses à la fin, mais il y a quand même ce petit goût de beurre. Trop bon…

Pain au chocolat

La pâte est identique au croissant, et le chocolat est du vrai chocolat, pas comme ces barres infâmes que l’on a habituellement et qui ne sont pas bonnes. Là c’est du vrai chocolat fondu, avec les petits granulés comme quand on le fait fondre au bain-marie avec (des œufs ? du beurre ? je sais plus plus><) e il y en a partout, ils sont pas radins. Mon préféré.

Brioche

Je n’ai pas pu la gouter, mais elle a l’air bonne, non?

Chausson aux pommes

Celui-ci est pas mal. En fait, j’avais oublié qu’il y avait de la cannelle dans les chaussons aux pommes, et je n’aime pas ça du tout (avec la coriandre, ce sont 2 aliments que je sens très facilement). La compote était bonne, faite maison, on sentait les pommes à certains endroits, donc ça c’est génial. Bien doré dessus, il était beau à voir. La pâte était bien aussi et il s’est bien tenu, puisque j’ai pu le couper en deux dans problème sans qu’il se casse. Jojo a moyennement apprécié, il trouvait la compote « correcte ». Moi qui voulais faire une expédition chez la pâtisserie des rêves pour goûter leur chausson aux pommes après une critique que j’avais vu, je vais éviter vu que je ce n’est pas ce que je préfère.

Pain aux raisins

Selon Jojo, il était « bof », il n’y avait pas assez de raisins et la crème était trop peu présente, à peine au milieu. Il ne le recommande donc pas.

Madeleines

Elles était top celles-ci. J’ai vraiment aimé le fait qu’elles soient au miel et non au citron car souvent ce dernier cache le goût de la du  beurre. Donc celle-ci c’était bien. Ensuite, si l’intérieur était moelleux, le dessus était un peu…liquide ? Enfin, la fine couche extérieure était encore crémeuse pour la rendre plus digeste. J’ai adore cette fine couche au cœur, surement du à la cuisson. C’est ce qui fait tout le charme de cette madeleine. Elle fond dans la bouche.

Pain aux raisins et amandes

Excellent! Les raisins rendent le pain plus mou, car il pèse une tonne! Il était tellement bon qu’on n’a mangé que ça au diner!

Allez-y pour les croissants, les madeleines et les pains au chocolat et autres pains. Après, le niveau est un peu inférieur pour certaines viennoiseries. Mais j’y retournerai parce que…c’est quand même trop bon un bon croissant.

Des Gâteaux & du Pain
63 Boulevard Pasteur
75015 Paris
ouvert tous les jours de 8hà 20h.

%d bloggers like this: