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Dominique Ansel Bakery (NYC 2012)

Starting today, Sept. 2, 2012, until I’m done, one post about my fabulous New York City 2012 vacation will post until I’ve finished sharing all the fabulousness with my readers. I have lots more on the horizon for NEB and my New York City posts need to complete before I can. I hope you have fun reading them.

Apple Tatin, Dominique Ansel Bakery

Apple Tatin, Dominique Ansel Bakery

I definitely indulged in my share of sweet eats while in New York City, but one of the highlights was visiting Dominique Ansel Bakery.  The visit to this much-talked-about bakery was done on a day where I followed Feisty Foodie around more parts of Manhattan than I can remember.  At some point, I found myself being led into Soho and to the promised delights of Dominique Ansel Bakery.  And this promise didn’t disappoint.

Chocolate Macaron, Dominique Ansel Bakery

Chocolate Macaron, Dominique Ansel Bakery

My one great disappoint was not being brave enough to take pictures of all the amazing sweets in the cases. My dear readers, you would just swoon from the amazing found within.  It was very hard to choose, but in the end I settled on an apple tatin, made from a whole, cored apple, and a chocolate macaron.  The tatin was beautiful, buttery goodness with a soft delicately baked apple atop its bit of crust.  The chocolate macaron gave me a great punch of chocolate that I needed at that point in the day.  But don’t take my opinion of this macaron as a definitive statement on the wonders of macarons.  I’m finding while these little delights fascinate me, I don’t think I overly like the concept of a macaron itself.  So while I liked this bit of cookie-ness, I would have been just as happy with a big chocolate chip cookie.

Passion Fruit cake, Dominique Ansel Bakery

Passion Fruit & Chocolate deliciousness

While perusing the cases and trying to make up my mind, I kept coming back to this passion fruit and chocolate dessert.  In the end, I didn’t get it.  I told myself not to get too much.  Just to get two things.  I felt the need to try a macaron and couldn’t pass up an apple tatin.  But that passion fruit called to me.  I’m finding I really like things that include this flavor.  But I passed it up.  ARGH! I should know myself better than this.  Any time I keep going back to something and contemplating it in that way, it means I am intrigued and should try it.

Luckily, one of Feisty’s friends got the delectable dessert and insisted both Feisty and I try it.  Oh dear goodness.  That one bite made me swoon.  It made me turn my back on that very satisfying apple tatin and the okay macaron and wish I had gotten this whole wee dessert for myself, and hoarded it…dissected it…tried to figure out how to make this at home!  If you live anywhere near Dominique Ansel Bakery go in and get this.  And come back and let me know that you did.  I’ll so wish I was you. :)

Happy Sunday everyone!  And don’t forget to be the bento.


  1. Yvo says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I don’t believe that particular dessert is on the menu any longer. Dominique changes the line up of the desserts really frequently, always trying to one-up himself. I can never bring myself to get any of those desserts though, too pricy and small. I stick to the vienessoire (I think I spelled that right) – the slightly more savory snacks in the front case (almond croissants, pain au chocolat, croissants, etc.).
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