We made a special 'breakfast family trip' to A la folie last Saturday to try their macarons and petits choux.
Their shop window looks amazing with all the colourful, delicate pastries. Not one passer by goes past without giving it a glance.
I quite like the concept of small bite-size sweets. It almost feels like it's okay to be having macarons for breakfast - almost.
We ordered our coffees first for a much needed caffeine 'hit' - good brews on both latte and double ristretto (and notice the greedy little hands going for the coffee...)
We then tried a selection of petit choux - choux pastry filled with flavoured crème patissière and topped with fondant.
Coconut & lime was my favourite. A creamy lime custard filling topped with coconut and pineapple compote. Hubby loved the salted caramel and the girls finished the raspberry in one mouthful each.
|Coconut & lime, salted caramel and raspberry petit choux|
We then moved to the macarons and shared the rose delight and orange & guanaja flavours between the 4 of us. Yes, we're keeping the family happy and chubby together :)
I was curious about the rose delight, as it is a recipe inspired by pastry chef Mercede's childhood. The macaron is made with orange blossom, rose water and raspberry gelee. I must say it was a bit too sweet for my taste, but hubby and the girls liked it.
Orange & guanaja (dark Valrhona chocolate) was amazing and I could even taste the fresh orange juice. The chocolate centre was creamy and its bitterness balanced the sweetness of the orange shell really well.
|Rose delight and orange & guanaja chococate macarons|
A la folie's small treats are a good option to satisfy my sugar cravings without over indulging. Maybe that's how French people manage to stay thin without giving up on tasty food!
Big MERCI to Pascal & the team for the invitation.