In the heart of Soho, there's Dominique Ansel Bakery. Yes, I know that Dominique Ansel and all his tasty innovative creations are not new news. Since I have only had a cookie shot, this was a whole new experience for me! Dominique Ansel's most iconic treats include, the Cronut, the Cookie Shot and now the Lobster Tail. Everyday, the bakery starts selling Cronuts at 8 AM (9 AM on Sundays). The lines could begin as early as 5 AM to purchase a Cronut that is specifically flavored for that month. The demand, quality and science behind the Cronuts prove that they are not a fad and here to stay. Cookie Shots, on the other hand, begin service at 3 PM, drawing in an afternoon crowd.
1. DKA- (“Dominique’s Kouign Amann”) The DKA is a "tender, flakey, croissant-like dough with a caramelized crunchy crust". Truly amazing! The DKA is a perfect substitute if you do not make it in time to get a Cronut. This melt in your mouth treat is just sugary enough to satisfy a sweet tooth craving. The DKA was one of my favorites.
2. "Lime Me Up” Tart- This was described as the "tequila shot" of the bakery. The pastry is filled with a "lime juniper curd and mousse and topped with a brown sugar-sea salt mix and fresh lime". The texture balance in this dish worked to its advantage. The pastry paired well with the "bitter" lime filling.
3. Lobster Tail Pretzel- The Lobster Tail Pretzel is Dominique's latest invention. It is stuffed with "peanut butter and butter crunch" and on the top there is plenty of Maldon salt. The treat is served with a side of brown butter whipped honey cream. The real question is, how did it taste? The answer is, amazing! Being a big fan of savory dishes, I had more anticipation for the Lobster Tail. Imagine the best peanut butter sandwich you've ever had, this was 10 times better than that! My point exactly. Surprisingly, the brown butter whipped honey cream did not enhance the dish for me. The Lobster Tail on its own was tasty, crunchy, soft, savory, and sweet.
4. Frozen S'mores- Must be eaten in minutes after ordering. No problem! I gobbled the S'mores down so quickly my stomach didn't know what hit it. This was possibly the most delicious dessert I've ever tasted. As everyone knows, I am not the biggest sweets gal, especially vanilla, and when I indulge in dessert I gravitate towards chocolate dishes. The Frozen S'more is everything. The plump honey marshmallow is "wrapped around Tahitian vanilla ice cream with chocolate wafer crisps" and each marshmallow is "torched to order". This treat is delectable, sugary and a guilty pleasure.
5. Cannelé de Bordeaux- I realized quickly that the Cannele de Bordeaux was all about complements. The exterior caramelized shell and the interior spongy, smooth filling of vanilla and rum are the elements that make a Cannele de Bordeaux so distinct. The little cake was served cold and could be eaten in just a few bites.
Which was my favorite? The DKA and the Frozen S'mores! Delicious.
Thanks Dominique for changing the way I think and feel about desserts!
(Information retrieved from http://dominiqueansel.com)