Miette Patisserie Bakery, A Taste Of Paris In San Francisco

Some cities do it well but San Francisco, whatever it is, just seems to do it better. article, photo credit

Sometimes after a meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner, you don’t want something as sweet as candy but something in between, like a pastry, would be ideal.

If you visit San Francisco and have a taste for a wonderful French pastry, word is, Miette Patisserie is just the right place.

We are ready to lick our fingers and the dynamic site confirms where we should go. article, photo via Gossip Rocks

“Miette Patisserie is a dainty little pastry shop, inspired by the patisseries of Paris. The pale pink walls and lovingly created cakes, cookies, and pastries lined up in sparking glass display cases evoke a slice of Parisian life on the San Francisco Bay. Many of the ingredients are organic and most are from local producers.

Miette means little crumb in French. Some favorite items available at the Ferry Building Marketplace are Parisian Macaroons, Chocolate Eclairs, Gingerbread Cupcakes, and the exquisite Morning Buns. Popular cookies include the Lavender Shortbread and Chocolate Sables. Meg Ray, a lifelong baker, founded Miette in 2001 to realize her vision of making the beautiful and delicious pastries she found on her visits to Europe.”

That is one fantastic recommendation.

And you know what? There is more.

At Trip Advisor, two customers have licked their fingers and are ready to praise.

“This is the cutest bakery – and some of the best baked goods. Cookies and cupcakes were very good and a great selection of flavors of French macaroons (my personal favorite at this bakery).”

Here is another.

“I had the vanilla tomboy cake and it was really good. I love how they put attention on the details, the cake decor is really simple but pretty.”

Sounds yummy.

The person who should be the best ambassador and provide the best recommendation for her pastries like home, Paris that is, should be the owner herself.

Why don’t we let her speak for herself?

At she welcomes and smiles, “Modern, cheerful, and always delicious, Miette is San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop. Our impeccable cakes are traditionally American & birthday-party perfect. A modern interpretation and the finest, unrefined ingredients available have made Miette one of the top ten pastry shops in the world, according to Conde Nast. article, photo via Sitting Focus

Miette started at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market in the fall of 2001 with a passion for cakes & pastry, Meg’s influences range from candy shop windows in Vienna to the wild blackberries growing on her island home. Being located in Northern California provides the finest and freshest ingredients in the world, coming from local, family-owned farms and mills, which are, whenever possible, organic & sustainably produced. Miette is the French word for “crumb,” and aptly describes the scale of our petite pastries and minimal decoration.

The shop located in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building offers a seasonal selection of cakes and cupcakes, tarts, cookies, confections, cake stands, and other vintage dessert ware. The Hayes Valley shop is filled with old-fashioned candy, confections from around the world, and treats made by local artisans. Outside of San Francisco, there is a small shop connected to the bakery in Oakland and a boutique store recently opened in Larkspur Landing.”

So there are more choices and options. We always love that.

If you are in San Francisco and have a moderate sweet tooth, now you know where to visit.

Please think in French.

We have a visiting female speaker who can help.

Understanding French Desserts article,By Julie Kertesz from Paris neighbourhood, France – Flickr, wikimedia

By Veronique Mallangeau 

Some of the best and most exotic French desserts include seasonally selected fruit. France is known for its wine and exotic dishes, but its desserts are equally popular all over the world. The collection of popular French pastries and desserts include cakes, tarts, flans and breads. The favorite ingredients in these desserts include apples and almonds, which are available in flaky pastry.

The French have always loved their desserts and it is treated as a course, which is typically served at the end of the meal. Generally in most countries desserts consist of sweet food but the French also like their desserts to be strongly-flavored and sometimes cheese will be served with dessert.

The French desserts include recipes, which use a thick bottomed pan named the ‘skillet’. The skillet has been vital to the conclusion of the dish, especially for their savories like crépes, waffles or gaufres, and their doughnuts or beignets. Even as the French desserts and patisseries are overflowing with delicious sweet treats one need not worry about weight. When you are having French desserts there is no need to worry about the amount of calories. Just check out all the thin women in France and you would know that something is there about the food, which helps them to stay thin.

Here are some of the most popular French desserts-

Croissant: This ancient standard dessert is something that you cannot go wrong with. The crescent shaped pastry is buttery and flaky and comes with the perfect balance of sweetness along with puffiness. The crispiness and softness of a croissant is unbeatable as it melts right in the mouth. The shape of the croissant is similar to the Islamic crescent.

Éclair: This French dessert is a variant of the donut and has been used as a variation in many American versions. The éclairs are long in shape and they are a thin pastry which is made from choux pastry. The éclair is then filled with cream and gets topped with blissful icing, mainly chocolate. Here, éclairs are not made by frying but by baking and you can fill it with coffee or even chocolate. article, By Sonia Geffrier – Own work, Public Domain wikimedia

Pain au Chocolat: This is the cousin of the croissant and this French pastry is basically a croissant-type puff pastry. It contains yummy strips of chocolate, which is generally dark. This dessert has also been known as chocolate bread and tastes best when it is served hot with chocolate melting from your mouth.

Profiterole or the cream puff- This is one of the other French desserts that are actually little piece of heavens. These delightful little treats made from Choux pastry are made into small round puffs. As the pastry gets cooled down it can be served with either whipped cream or custard oozing from the center. You can make your own variant with some caramel sauce or other toppings.

Veronique was born and raised in France. Now living in the United States she enjoys sharing her passion for French cooking. Come visit her website to learn more about French Cooking

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