What a nice little pear almond crumble tart from Maple Street Patisserie! A buttery short crust holds a thin layer of almond paste beneath a caramelized-around-the-edges, velvety poached pear, all trimmed with a contrasting crunchy topping.
It’s a good thing I don’t live closer to the Patisserie, or I would need Lipitor (or just a larger helping of self-control, perhaps).
Have you tried Maple Street’s petits fours? Four multicolored layers, a whisper of raspberry, and a not-too-sweet icing decorated with minimalist geometric dots and stripes: they’re the soigne Continental cousin of the cupcakes currently blighting the dessert/bakery scene.
(Read Gambit’s recent coverage of Maple Street Patisserie here and learn more about master baker Ziggy Cichowski.)