Pastries for lunch

A freelance assignment required me to visit a new pastry shop in Geist this morning. I know, I know, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

After chatting with the chef owner, I purchased some of his tempting wares to taste-test at home. So here’s what my lunch today consisted of:

Bakery at Geist goodies

The croissant was a little on the smallish side, but other than that detail, was pretty close to what you find in Paris. The blueberry lemon scone was fragrant and super-moist, not at all dry and crumbly like the traditional ones I’ve had in Ireland or England. Then there was something called a Paris Brest…

Let me tell you. If you’re looking for a devilishly decadent over-the-top pastry, this is it. In simplest terms, it’s a sandwich of sorts made with puff pastry filled with pastry cream (hazelnut-flavored in this case) and topped with almonds and powdered sugar. I have an unapologetic sweet tooth, and I could only manage a few bites. Mercy me. The cream was so thick and rich, I wondered if I could get away with slathering it on my face as a moisturizer. Yummy.

It’s now nearly dinnertime and I’m just coming down from the sugar buzz. With any luck, a glass or two of wine will kill the headache.

(Incidentally, if you’re interested in enjoying some of these goodies for yourself, they came from The Bakery at Geist, in the Geist Shopping Center strip mall at Fox Rd. and Oaklandon. Tell Chef Ron I sent you.)

Viva la France!

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