A little paper bag filled with joy on my lap as we sat on a park bench facing the fountain in front of the Église Saint-Sulpice.
We had stopped by the Pierre Hermé shop (that I have written about on previous trips to Paris), and picked up a plain butter croissant…
…that was utterly delicious. It was perfect in almost every single way. A beautiful golden crust that was as flakey as could be, and an airy but flavorful and appropriately chewy interior. It was redolent with flavorful french butter (but oddly not greasy in any way) and if I could have one of these beauties fresh out of the oven for breakfast for the rest of my life, it would be simply amazing…
It isn’t fair to compare a croissant ordinaire from Poilâne with a croissant au beurre from Hermé, but let me just say the butter croissants are much, much better in my opinion. I would have rated this a 9.5/10.0, only because there is always room for better though I didn’t come across one on this short trip to Paris. It probably helped that this croissant seemed to be INCREDIBLY FRESH, and I am not sure how they did that as I didn’t see any ovens at Hermé (maybe in the basement?) and just assumed they were brought in from somewhere else.
Just when you thought you had had a taste of heaven, we unwrapped this utterly sublime croissant ispahan — a butter croissant filled with rose almond paste and raspberry and lychee compote. It was also topped with some sugared rose “dust” and taken in it’s entirety it was a little work of art. Wow! Totally blew our socks off, and possibly the best 2 euro we spent on the trip.
I am not fond of fillings or added flavorings to a plain croissant, but I had to change my mind with this variation of Hermé. Beautiful and delicious.
With a sugary glaze of some sort to help the rose bits adhere to the crust, this was a bit sweeter than normal, more like a dessert really.
Since we were already there, and may not get a chance to come back for more goodies, Mrs. MM also picked out two macarons with unusual flavors, one with epice de Noel (or Christmas spices) and the other, a chocolate and foie gras macaron that oddly did not impress.
I am sure there are lots of fabulous croissants all over Paris, but the ones we had at Herme were pretty darned good and the place is relatively easy to find if you are near the famous Église Saint-Sulpice. It’s also really near the original Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rive Gauche boutique. :)
My old post on Pierre Hermé, here.