Marc Heu’s Vanilla Saint Honoré recipe is the ultimate gauntlet for intrepid bakers

This recipe for Marc Heu’s elaborate, showstopping Vanilla Saint Honoré centerpiece is a masterclass in baking, assembly, and piping that’s complicated enough to make even Paul Hollywood break into a sweat. From an inverted puff pastry to a pate a choux cream puff with a perfect caramel glaze, this recipe is a crucible for intrepid … [ Read more]

King of Croissants: Marc Heu’s University Avenue patisserie sells paradise by the slice

There is often a line to get into Marc Heu Patisserie Paris. The pastry shop occupies a wonky split level space that has hosted a rotating cast of short-lived restaurants, and it sits on a stretch of University Avenue that’s laden with businesses that pack a bit less sex appeal: a mortuary, social services offices, … [ Read more]

Baba Savarin at Cossetta

There was this place in Rome that made incredible rum sponge cake. I’m not sure if it’s still there, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t. The ancient woman working the counter was surly on a good day. It was tucked into an inconvenient alley, and each time I arrived, I was the … [ Read more]

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