I’m here to share a new treat, and a secret.
please don’t tell anyone, but I’m no great fan of macaroons. I’ve seen countless shops popping up on this tiny island with those tiny pastel beauties, but I don’t like those tiny much-lauded sandwiches of chewy meringue with a smear of frosting.
when you’ve finished judging me (hello there, silent agree-er in the corner), I can now tell you about a new find I’ve made that is set to take on those mare-ca-hoons in a duel of french treats: the tarte tropezienne.
a st. tropez offering of cream patisserie sandwiched between brioche dough, this is a polish cake made famous in its adopted home in france – and while I never made it to that region on my gallant through the south of france last year, such is the beauty of globalization that I get to enjoy this in tiny singapore (which really is rather a distance away from those french shores).
traditionally served as a large cake, La Tropezienne is also offering them in Singapore as tiny adorable cream sandwiches – two fluffy buns of brioche dough stacked with a generous swirl of creme patisserie. that latter ingredient is the star of the show – I would love to learn to make a cream this thick and rich, and not cloyingly sweet. the lime variant is my favourite – citrusy and buttery and very delicious; though the coffee was very good too.
if you dislike those puny delicate shells of the macaroons, this is a great tea-time treat; but if you belong in the macaroon-loving camp, we can still be friends – I’ll even ferry up a box of these for you!
p.s. don’t make the mistake I did of eating these straight out the fridge – the brioche will seem a little dry to you. leave it out on the table to get to room temperature; or just eat them when you get them!
thank you, jennifer, for the delicious cakes. my family loved them!