Yes, this is going to be my new installment each Monday: Pâtisserie de la semaine or Pastry of the Week. As you may know I stopped my "Qu'est-ce que c'est Fridays" a while back. Not because I know what everything is but just because it was time to discontinue it for a while. I chose pastries for several reasons (note: pâtisserie means both pastry and pastry shop)
1. France = pâtisseries are on every corner
2. Mondays are depressing. So, what better way to to combat the doldrums than with sugar?
3. Pâtisseries are pretty.
4. Pâtisseries are ubiquitous, see #1, therefore I will have no problem finding suitable posting material
So, without further ado, the inaugural Pastry of the Week is:
Succès au chocolat
As I've learned in class that's pronounced "Souk-say", not "success". Heaven forbid you walk into the pastry shop and say you would like a bag of success. Souk-say, Souk-say, Souk-say, I repeated to myself as I walked to the pastry shop.
So, this is basically two little cakes made from almond flour with chocolate ganache in the middle and a hardened chocolate glaze. I have to say this seemed a lot like the rich relative of a MoonPie to me. The ganache is really rich but it's not overwhelming and the delicate almond cakes balance it out nicely. And yes, that is a little Souk-say sticker they put on the top though I'm not sure why. OMG, if the pâtissier knew I had compared the lowly MoonPie to his Souk-say au chocolat, I'd be toast.