I love coconut. I especially love anything that fuses coconut with gooeyness. Pain de Sucre’s one of the few patisseries I’ve found here that has any coconut pieces, and it’s definitely the only pastry shop that has a snow white mound of it, hiding a smaller mound of cassis, both of which are skewered by a vanilla bean that’s mercilessly piercing its way through two plump blueberries.
The first bite I had contained a fairly equal amount of all the pastry’s elements (including the simple base that seemed to be there more for structure than anything), but it was the cassis that pummeled my taste buds. And I mean that in the best possible way! The only problem there was that it totally drowned-out every other flavor, although I think this way intentional on the part of Pain de Sucre…
As long as you work your way slowly from the outside, towards the center, you’ll progress from forkfuls that are mostly coconut, to well-balanced forkfuls, and then to bites that deliciously assault you with cassis.
So, yes, the Ephemere is an excellent choice next time you find yourself wandering down Rue Rambuteau.
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