This post has been percolating in my mind for a while but is a bit delayed because in order to write the most accurate post possible, it was imperative that I make several visits and do extensive sampling. It all started a couple of Sundays ago when my husband I took a nice walk through Passy and stumbled on Aux Merveilleux de Fred*. In the back of my mind, I knew where it was but I had never been. On this somewhat bleak Sunday, Aux Merveilleux was one of the few things open on rue de l’Annonciation. It was beckoning us! It was surely a sign! It smelled so good, it looked so good! The shop was so small and cozy! But, being models of restraint, we walked past, feasting with eyes and noses, but not buying anything. Well, I have to say, that was one of the stupidest decisions ever! And don’t worry, I complained loudly about it to myself and my husband all week. Needless to say, it has been my mission to get back there and do some tasting. Wow!! Les merveilleuse are little clouds of airy yumminess built on a foundation of meringue and whip cream. (Try speculoos with white chocolate shavings, just sayin.) Real works of art with an amazing light texture but full of rich flavor. And as eager as I am to talk about les merveilleuse, I am doubly eager to tell you about the unexpected delight, les cramiques: a delicious brioche made in five flavors. Although originally I went for the express purpose of trying les merveilleuse, les cramiques with chocolate will keep me coming back. Les merveilleuse have a “precious” feel and take center stage in the shop and the display cases. In contrast, the brioche feels like comfort food that you can nibble on as you walk out the door. Les cramiques occupy a small portion of the counter, but they loom largely in my mind. When I visited, three flavors were available: sugar, raisin, and chocolate. I opted for the chocolate, « bien sûr », and I was in heaven. Warm from the oven, dense, slightly sweet, and generously flecked with dark chocolate, the brioche barely made it back to my house. Most of us have our own ideas of heaven, and while mine is a bit vague, it most certainly will involve warm bread. So, without a doubt, this has been added to the Sunday walking route!
*Aux Merveilleux de Fredthis
29 rue de l’Annonciation, 16th arrondissement
Open Tuesday-Satruday 9:00AM – 7:30PM