The Blé Sucré bakery is by no means a secret place. Local bloggers (the holy trinity of David, Dorie & Clotilde) have been loving it for years, but mainstream media and printed guides have also jumped on the sweet wheat wagon. With all this press, the only thing saving Blé Sucré from an anglophone invasion is its “inconvenient” eastern Paris location.
Is that not beautiful? A tarte tatin – the classic upside-down apple tart – turned completely on its head. One hardly wants to cut it open and disturb the symmetry, but it’s only by devouring that we’re able to understand what a crazy genius Fabrice really is. Check out this view:It looks like a whole poached apple, yes? Upon closer fork-aided investigation, however, we see that the seeming whole is actually composed of hundreds of fine layers… and that the core has been replaced with a caramelly compote… and that the stem has been re-inserted after being dipped in gold.
The fact that such a carefully-crafted little gem can exist, and that it costs only €3.30 to enjoy – this is why I live in France.
Further reading: Here are some earlier words from Budget Travel about Fabrice and the Blé Sucré:
Any visit to the quartier should begin at Blé Sucré (7 rue Antoine Vollon, 12th arrondissement). Fabrice Le Bourdat, in his former life, was pastry chef at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bristol. He gave that up to open his own shop, and now rises every morning at 2 to make his famous millefeuille and iced madeleines for late morning customers. While Fabrice toils below in the basement kitchen, his cheerful wife Céline will help you choose between a buttery croissant or white chocolate brioche. She can also pull an espresso to give you energy for the shopping to come. If you can’t make it for breakfast, stop in for an afternoon break. A cone of homemade salted butter caramel ice cream is a heavenly treat, particularly if it’s eaten in the tree-filled Square Trousseau across the street.
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