Croquembouches


Have you ever heard of a croquembouche ? Behold …

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Despite my affinity for all things French, I had not. It’s a sort of “cake” (well not really), but a dessert which can resemble a cake in its form. Croquembouches can be composed of many different types of French pastries, including but not limited to macarons (my most favorite French decadence), dragées, candied fruits, éclairs (which I just learned used to be called pains à la duchesse – duchess bread – love that) or croquignoles, small crunchy pastries, among many others.

These elaborate, ornate constructions remind me of old France, pré-Révolution. I’ve yet to see one in person (although maybe I just looked past them in patisserie windows during my Parisian life), but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled next summer. What do you think? Too much or just right?

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