It’s the day before Mother’s day, and I’ve been asked by hubby to choose an outing for the family. Of course it involves yummy food…. Patisseries! Heaven.
I narrowed the decision down to 4 prospective patisseries, and finally chose one – Victoire in Balmain. Unfortunately when we got to the address the bakery wasn’t there. It seems that they had moved, and I hadn’t done my homework correctly! So, rather than walk back to the car, bundle the kids in and find the new address, we changed our plans. Across the road in Balmain was the hole in the wall Adriano Zumbo patisserie. We’d been there before a couple of years earlier on his annual Macaron Day.
I went inside with Mr 2.5, and he helped me choose some delicious morsels to take home and share. There were plenty of sweet and savoury items, but I must confess – I was here for the sweet stuff! A Sweet lips, Almond Croissant, Pepito, Macadamia Sticky bun, Passionfruit tart, and a selection of Macarons were quickly chosen and packaged up.
Sweet lips – Originally when we bought this Mr 2.5 requested the Creme Patissiere filling. Once we opened it at home however, we discovered that we had been given the Creme Citron filling instead. The doughnut itself was quite a yeasty dough sprinkled liberally with sugar. The citron filling was quite delightful – not too sharp, yet smooth and creamy. But not quite what Mr 2.5 was expecting. I had to help him out with this one!
Almond Croissant – this was a lovely flaky croissant covered with toasted almonds. The filling was quite “marzipany”, and not the usual subtle amaretto flavour. I still enjoyed it though
Next up was the Pepito – another treat chosen by Mr 2.5. It was described by the shop assistant as having chocolate and orange flavours but I must admit that I couldn’t taste any orange tones in there. The brioche dough is flattened and spread with the chocolate mix before being rolled up, cut and baked. As it’s very thin it was quite light, and didn’t fill me up in any way.
The Macadamia Sticky Bun was a last minute decision. A sweet brioche dough was covered in a sticky caramel syrup, and studded with macadamia nuts. It also housed some unexpected glace ginger which took me by complete surprise. As I’m not a fan of glace ginger I must admit that this was my least favourite selection.
All was forgiven when we tried the Tarte aux Fruits de la Passion – The sweet shortcrust pastry was so thin that it was the perfect shell for the smooth passionfruit curd, bursting with flavour. The first mouthful seriously sent my tastebuds into orbit, it was so good. It’s fair to say that this little beauty didn’t last long.
Adriano Zumbo is known for his Macarons. They are his forte and one of the reasons he is so well known today. The chosen macaron flavours were: Salted Butter Caramel, Watermelon and Orange, Passionfruit and Tonka Bean, Popcorn, Mandarin and Rose, and a Chocoron for Mr 2.5. They were deliciously light yet chewy in the centre, and bursting with flavour. I’ve made macarons at home a few times, and have never quite made them to this standard. Oh well, I must keep trying. I don’t think my husband will complain!
Adriano Zumbo really is one of the most innovative patissiers around. His flavour combinations and consistency are second to none, and this just keeps the customers coming back for more. I know I’ll be back!