4. Sweet Francophile
What started with the macaron is becoming full-blown French fever. Moving away from the single-item emphasis, some of this year’s most successful pastry chefs have opened more traditional patisseries steeped in old school French pastry. French-born Dominique Ansel brings the flavors of his childhood to SoHo at Dominique Ansel Bakery with his insanely popular kouign aman and religieuse, while Sarah O’Brian shares memories of her French travels with flaky quiche tarts at her Atlanta-based The Little Tart Bakeshop. On the opposite coast Knead Patisseries' Shauna Des Voignes combines puff pastry and crème brûlée into her addictive Pomme d'Amore. And at Craftsman & Wolves you’ll find a slew of pristine pastry in unexpected flavors: we highly recommend the Sesame Passion Fruit Croissant, Passion Verrine with Black Tea Madeleine, and Chocolate Cocoa Nib Éclair. With their wide range of flavors and techniques, these shops are set to take on the success of cupcake and doughnut shops.
Pomme d'Amore: Salted Caramel Crème Brulée Tart from Pastry Chef Shauna Des Voignes at Knead Patisserie – San Francisco, CA