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Albany: Cafe Saint Honore- The mating of the French pastries ... Visitadine, canneles, Congolaise and absurdly amazing beignets

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Albany: Cafe Saint Honore- The mating of the French pastries ... Visitadine, canneles, Congolaise and absurdly amazing beignets

rworange | Aug 3, 2009 08:25 PM

Cafe Saint Honore had a sign in the window "new patisserie".

Dropping by they are still using the same baker, but have expanded the selection. They have always been vague about who does the pastries ... Cafe Saint Honeore, I kow you secret.

It is Artisan Bakers who has been making the great canneles and macarons sold at Berkeley Bowl West. What is better here is that unlke BBW they don't refrigerate the pastries which I feel dulls the flavors.

I know this because that is the same beignet I've been eyeing at BBW and the other day at BBW I noticed the visitadine (black butter reduction, almond meal, powdered sugar) which I haven't seen elsewhere in the Bay Area).

That is the French version of a beignet which is like a soft, pillowy, yeasty donut mated with an eclair. The custard inside is decadantly delicious and the chocolate on top ... oo-la-la !!!

The Congolaise is like a coconut macaroon (not the macron) had a menage a trois with a financier and a canneles finishing with a dip in a chocolate hot tub.

The moist little pyramids, half dipped in chocholate are wonderful. There's a mention and photos of Congolaise in this blog from Paris. The Cafe St Honere version is a little different ,.. as the blog says, every bakery is a little different, but this is the idea
http://umami.typepad.com/umami/2007/0...

There are lots of other pastries such as blueberry financiers and these lovely puffy looking sweet brioche dusted with powdered sugar.

They are also selling bread now, but it is just La Brea.

The mystery for me is if this is the same Artisan Bakers of Sonoma. The Berkely Bowl is specific that it is Artisan Bakers of Berkeley.

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Cafe Saint Honore
862 San Pablo Aven, Albany

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