Favorite French Pastry?

Dec 14th, 2004, 01:48 PM
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Favorite French Pastry?

Ah a joy of traveling in France is to gorge on its fabled pastries in its patisseries and boulangeries. Just walking by the window makes my mouth water. My favorite pastry is the simple pain au chocolate, 'pain choc' for short - a buttery bread with a piece of chocolate inside. Good ones are fresh from the oven and have thin almost strudel-like crust that flakes off it when you bite into it. There are lots more exoctic pastry delights in the windows, but for me a simple pain choc is my first choice!
What's your favorite French pastry?
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Dec 14th, 2004, 01:54 PM
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Love Pain chocs, also, but for a special, decadent treat, I adore the Mont Blancs at Angelina, rue de Rivoli. Wouldn't want one everyday, as I would a pain choc, but at least once during a trip!
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Dec 14th, 2004, 02:23 PM
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for me it's a tie between Mont Blanc and St Honore.
But I wouldn't say 'no' to an eclair nor to a religieuse either.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:13 PM
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A lemon tart from just about anywhere..or a sable almonde.. the vacherin at Rotisssiere d'un face
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Dec 14th, 2004, 03:20 PM
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pal,

here's a link (i hope) to a similar thread i started in october: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34534276

yummy!
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Dec 14th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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I don't know the name but it's like a thick, creamy pancake and it's served in Normandy.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 04:19 PM
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Several lemon tarts! And also a paris-Brest.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 04:31 PM
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All of them.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 05:05 PM
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And there's the lowly 'pudding', always the cheapest if not most delectable bakery offering. Puddings aren't of uniform taste as they are made of left over bread of various varieties. Heavy and sometimes lightly lathered with some sweet frosting, it's not my favorite but it fills the bill when i'm really hungry.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 05:28 PM
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Cookies from Le Notre.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 05:35 PM
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Napoleon (or mille feuille)is my favorite but actually any pastry from France is excellent in my opinion.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 05:41 PM
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Dec 14th, 2004, 07:28 PM
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I could have a pain choc' at every bakerie I pass, they are the best in France.

On my last morning in Paris in late Sept. I had the most devine pastry and I don't know it's name, maybe someone will know if I discribe it...a double wide eclair shape, thick warm custard with chocolate bits inside, OMG, it was even better than the pain choc'...I can't wait till Feb when I can have another and another and...
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Dec 14th, 2004, 07:52 PM
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Religieuse au chocolat . . . ahhh.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 08:00 PM
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Religieuse au chocolat, pain au chocolat and eclairs. And practically anything that has custard or chocolate in it! I am an equal opportunity glutton...
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Dec 14th, 2004, 08:37 PM
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Now, I need a cigarette.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 08:40 PM
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I know that it is blasphemy to denounce pain au chocolat here on the Fodor's website, but I just don't care for the stuff. I much prefer tarts of just about any kind, especially lemon or strawberry. Once the damage is done, I must have a very strong cafe au lait.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 08:53 PM
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Good, more for us.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 09:58 PM
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Paris Breast. And anything mousse, chocolate eventually.
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My vote is with the original poster... pain au chocolat...My husband is partial to chausson pomme... the French idea of an apple turnover. In Ray's mind, "chausson pomme, svp" is on the list of required French phrases to know before departing.

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