Paris: pastries dares to go savoury

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Paris: pastries dares to go savoury

The City of Light is turning cooking conventions on their head. Madeleines, canelés, waffles and cheesecakes are being transformed from traditional desserts into innovative starters in the hands of inventive chefs.

Paris: pastries dares to go savoury

The waffle with a taste of the sea

It was on the coast of Brittany, a few hours from Paris, that Iris and her father, Manuel, came up with their ambitious idea. What if the sweet waffles they so enjoyed in front of the ocean were to take centre stage in healthy gastronomic recipes? This is how the healthy, gluten-free waffle was born. Shortly after, the Yummy & Guiltfree pastry shop opened its doors in the heart of the Marais district in Paris. Alongside the indomitable sweet waffles, the chef has created savoury waffles with exquisite flavours. Discerning palates will not be able to resist the house speciality – marinated salmon accompanied by cream cheese, fennel with black sesame seeds and a drizzle of hazelnut oil. An amazing treat for your taste buds!

Yummy & Guiltfree
3 rue du Temple
75004 Paris
France
+33 (0)1 45 66 56 68
www.yummyandguiltfree.com/

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Paris: pastries dares to go savoury

Canelé: bring on the spice!

A stone's throw from the Pompidou Centre, is another maverick foodie venue. At 72 rue la Verrerie, you will discover a pastry shop specialising in canelés. There, these traditional cakes from Bordeaux made from milk, rum, vanilla and sugar have experienced something of a revolution. The shop's founders, both called “Aude”, longed to create sweet and savoury treats like no other. Let yourself be tempted by the “Special”, a delicacy of chicken, truffle and basil, freshly made for your pleasure. Or maybe the “Céline” is more to your taste – a canelé filled with a spicy blend of curried celery. Even the most refined gourmet will be blown away by this stunning marriage of textures.

Aux deux canelés
72 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
France
+33 (0)9 82 26 47 75
www.auxdeuxcaneles.fr/

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Paris: pastries dares to go savoury

The taste of the sun in a madeleine

Olive oil, Espelette pepper, tapenade, feta cheese… the flavours of the south in the guise of a madeleine. At Mesdemoiselles Madeleines, on Rue des Martyrs, forget everything you know about this delicious famous French buttery cake. Head pastry chef, Stéphane Bour, has come up with a surprising collection of savoury treats. When you taste the “Renée” madeleine with its black olive tapenade, fresh carrots and cumin, all the flavours of Provence will drift into you mind. As you bring the speciality “Aimée” to your mouth, its feta, lemon and toasted pine nuts garnished with basil will whisk you away to a Greek island, caressed by the warm Mediterranean breeze. A madeleine called “Andrée” will seduce you – the warmth and excitement of Italy sweeps over you as the tomato concentrate and buffalo mozzarella explode in your mouth in a delicious symphony.

Mesdemoiselles Madeleines
37 rue des Martyrs
75009 Paris
France
+33 (0)1 53 16 28 82
www.mllesmadeleines.com/index.php

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Paris: pastries dares to go savoury

The cheesecake that wants to be a main course

After a visit to the Arab World Institute and a stroll along the Bassin de l'Arsenal marina, you will find yourself in front of the mouth-watering window of She's cake. There, the air is full of a mix of aromas from the colourful cheesecake recipes. With each passing season, chef Séphora Saada prepares a menu much to the great delight of gourmet palates. In winter, pride of place is a cheesecake with beetroot cream and hazelnuts with grilled vegetable. Or maybe you would prefer a salmon and wasabi cheesecake sprinkled with sesame seeds? In summer, the speciality Roquefort cheese, pear and courgette cheesecake will melt in your mouth. What a perfect way to end a stay full of gastronomic sensations in the heart of Paris.

She's cake
20 avenue Ledru-Rollin
75012 Paris
France
+33 (0)1 53 46 93 16
www.shescake.fr/index.html