La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

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La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

There are so many reasons to love La Pâtisserie des Rêves. Not only do they have some of the most delicious pastries in town, but they also have one of the neatest shops and kindest staffs. They also just happen to have one of the greatest brioches known to man – La Brioche Feuilleté.

The brioche comes, handily enough, in two sizes – petite and grande. Petite is the one I opt for when I’ve eaten far too many pastries and chocolates and just need something delicious to “cleanse my palate”. Yes, that is literally what I use it for. When you eat nothing but cakes and candies all day, a buttery rich brioche seems somehow “light”. Should I find myself less engorged with sweets from other shops, I will occasionally opt for the grande brioche. Virtually turban-sized, its goal in life is to have me smear bite-after-bite of it in apricot confiture, enjoying its entirety in an orgy of gluttony. Let me describe the experience of inhaling one . . .

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

The scent is magnificent – wafts of caramel and deliciousness abound. Your fingers plunge into the crust. It provides a modest resistance and then begins to shatter, coating your digits in flecks of its marron-colored skin. You feel the interior. Oh-so-moist and buttery, yet soft, delicate and voluminous . . . not dense in the least. It is ******* perfection. You take a bite and feel as if you know what happens when a croissant and cake decide to make a love-child. Sweet, smooth, rich. Had Marie Antoinette known the joys of Reves’ creation when she allegedly spoke her most famous words, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” . . . she would have thought twice. This is not bread for the common man; this is bread for those who demand artistry, love and brilliance be baked into every bite.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

Truth be told, the petite size is not always as resplendent as what I just described. It can come out a wee overcooked. But the grande size is seemingly without fail a monument to the art and the craft of fine briochery. So splurge a bit; its 10 euros is worth every centime.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

I took so many photos of our lovely subject here, and I can’t help but share more than I usually would. Just look at this . . .

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

For those of you who enjoying baking brioche on your own, as I do, just imagine being able to pull this from the oven . . .

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

If there is a heaven, it might look something like the interior of La Patisserie des Reves Brioche Feuilleté.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée

So, yes, obviously pick up one of these. Be sure to snag a little confiture to go along with it. A fine apricot or raspberry is always a delight. I recently paired the brioche with Pierre Hermé’s apricot-vanilla, and the marriage was nothing short of unbridled srumtrulescence.

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14 Responses to “ La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Brioche Feuilletée ”

  1. Angelica says:

    oh. my. god. the interior of that brioche is just stunning *___*

    and those layers? PERFECTION.

    I'd really like to say something witty, but to be honest I've been struck speechless by the brioche.

    [ps - your pictures are so amazing I can't help but reblog them [with proper credit, of course!])

    • Oh, it's fine to repost them. And, yes, the brioche truly is perfection. I just can't get enough of it. Today the salesgirl, who already knows me well, thought it suspicious I came in so often and asked me if my new place is in the neighborhood. I confirmed for her that it was — so now she does not think I am a crazy who comes across the city just for a little brioche.

  2. Brenna says:

    Ten Euros! That's a pricy pastry!

    • Well, the baby one here is like 2.60 euros. It's just the big one that's 10. But it's totally worth it! Had I not eaten so many other pastries today, I would have purchased the big one, but I just opted for a small one in between the other pastries of the day ;)

  3. Barbara says:

    Sometimes, I don't know whether to love you for bringing these works of culinary art to my attention or hate you for the fact that I'm stuck in Harrisburg, PA and unable to partake of all that deliciousness. :o )

  4. Joanne says:

    Amazing photos and description! I was in Paris from March 29- April 9 and my only regret is that I did not find your blog while I was in Paris. I would have loved to skip on over to the places you've reviewed so that I may taste some of these heavenly pastries and vennoiseries. Alas, I must live vicariously through you till my next visit. I love the Earl Grey confiture from Mariages Freres so I would have loved to spread that onto this divine brioche from Reves. I look forward to reading your blog every morning!

    • Dennis Byrne says:

      Joanne
      That is the exact dates my wife and I are planning on spending in Paris.
      Is that a good time? Were there any major shutdowns or major festivals that disrupted anything?
      Please advise and thank you so much . . .reply to dennis.byrne@sba.gov

  5. Marion says:

    Ah! I found what I would be eating for "le goûter" (it's never too late)! The pastries at the Pâtisserie des Rêves are just unbelievable. I'm still getting over the Saint-Honoré I had there last time…

  6. Sharon T says:

    Your photos have me stunned….I love brioche and make my own, but I have never seen anything like this. I will be in Paris in October and will definitely be getting myself at least one of these. Now I just have to wait….

  7. WOW!! That's ethereal…what a joy to behold.

  8. Trang says:

    What's the camera you're using to take these pictures. Living vicariously through you and getting inspirations.

  9. Simon says:

    Laminated brioche…..So decadent but so good huh?

  10. Ted Niceley says:

    That kind of "webby" guts is so beautiful, has to be achieved with a freaked out proofer like a Pavillier, I believe Chef Conticini used those when he the Chef at Petrossian in NYC
    Awesome!

  11. Gail Varney says:

    The photographs are well done. It’s true what they say. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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