Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pierre Hermé Goes Gla Gla for Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hopfully you're planning a summer trip to Paris this year because these gorgeous technicolor treats from Pierre Hermé's  Miss Gla'Gla collection will melt away with the end of summer. Artisanal ice creams sandwiched between two macaron cookies (or shortbread), the Gla'Gla  range includes:

Miss Gla'Gla Montebello (Pistachio ice cream and strawberry)
Miss Gla'Gla Ispahan (Lychee/rose sorbet, raspberry sorbet, between rose macarons )

Miss Gla'Gla  Satine (Fromage blanc sorbet with orange sauce, passion fruit sorbet)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finally! Ladurée Coming to New York

This rumour has been floating around for years but after opening boutiques across the globe Laudree, the famed Parisian patisserie, is finally coming to New York City. Word is the macaron mecca will open this summer (possibly July) at 845 Madison Avenue. Sugar addicted Upper East Side girls rejoice!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Pink Rainbow Cake

Here at Haute & Sweet we're eaters not bakers so we're all about instant gratification. But if you're looking for a truly special treat you can actually make, look no further than this fabulous multi-tiered wonder from call me cupcake. Topped with Swiss meringue frosting, the recipe and some great step-by-step photos can be found right here.

Images from call me cupcake

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Fall/Winter Macaron Collection by Bisous Ciao

Buy them at Lower East Side's macaron destination, bisous ciao macarons.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chill Out to this Brownie

Not only is the Trading Post Cafe one of Taos' coolest restaurants (it was a beloved hangout of longtime Taos resident Dennis Hopper), it also boasts what is perhaps the best Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae in all of New Mexico. This double-decker brownie possesses the perfect balance of density and moistness, and is paired with two creamy scoops of vanilla ice cream, an almost bittersweet hot fudge sauce, and fresh whipped cream. There's nothing more relaxing than sitting in the gorgeous back garden of this restaurant under the shade of hanging plants and devouring this dessert...slowly.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kings of Pastry

I love to see a grown man cry -- especially over pastry. For anyone that has every season of Top Chef on their DVR Kings of Pastry, the new documentary from the team behind The War Room, is a fall must see.

KINGS OF PASTRY Theatrical Trailer from Pennebaker Hegedus Films on Vimeo.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Miette Confiserie & Patisserie in San Francisco

{Miette Locations: Ferry Building Marketplace and Hayes Valley}

Monday, June 7, 2010

Artisan Chocolate in Charleston, South Carolina

Great sweets are nothing new in Charleston, but until recently this foodie dream town has lacked a seriously modern chocolatier. John E. Battles has changed all of that, turning out small batches of truffles and chocolates bars made from local ingredients in witty and unusual flavor pairing including peanut butter and jelly, parmesan and sweet basil and local bay leaf and cardamom. Sweeteeth chocolates are sold in several Charleston locations.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No Love at First Bite

The macarons at Payard looked lovely under the sparkling glass display case, so I ordered a couple to accompany my organic peach iced tea. I took one bite of the yellow passionfruit macaron, and a look came over my face. "Heavenly?" my friend asked.

"Er. No. More like inedible," came my surprised response.

It was a hard, chewy, lumpen bit of uninspired flavor. I put down the passionfruit and reached for the classic chocolate macaron, hoping that the passionfruit was just a fluke. But the chocolate was, if you can imagine, even worse. It had the consistency of a brownie that had been left on the table for several days. It's hard to believe that a patisserie as celebrated as Payard can whip up such lovely dessert confections, and yet have "macarons" that in all honesty should don't deserve the honor of the name.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Elegant Ice Cream Sandwiches

Delish, lovely and super easy, Twig and Thistle's recipe for these gorgeous ice cream sandwiches is really more of a simple crafting project. You'll need a carton of ice cream and butter waffle cookies from Trader Joe's to begin with. Find the complete instructions here.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Cherry Blossom Pink Macarons

Food stylist and photographer Aran Goyoaga created these amazing confections for Martha Stewart Weddings. Check out the recipe and more images on her gorgeous blog, Cannelle et Vanille.

{Image from here; Bowls by Caroline Swift}

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Truffles & Hot Cocoa

Claire Thomas has a fascinating blog entry about vegan truffles and the origins of hot cocoa in her latest post for The Huffington Post. Claire paid a visit to Intemperantia, a Pacific Palisades-based chocolatier that offers these decadent yet vegan treats. I couldn't agree more when Claire says "I truly appreciate food that's good not in spite of its challenges, but because of them." You can read the whole story HERE.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Treat

Don't these white chocolate truffles coated with pistachios from Kee's Chocolates in New York seem like the perfect springtime snack?

{Top photo from here, bottom photo from here.}

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kip Loves Ladurée

Julie Lightbourn received a fresh batch of Easter Eggs from Ladurée, and reports that "the best parts are the chocolate bells inside." I think her dog Kip would disagree--the best parts are all of it!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good Morning Chocolate

The acclaimed Chelsea, New York restaurant El Quinto Pino just introduced a new morning menu featuring Ensaimadas, which are described as "larded sweet rolls" that originate from Mallorca. Even more intriguing is something called Submarino de Chocovic, which consists of hot milk poured over a Spanish chocolate bar. Um, I think I know where I'll be tomorrow morning.

{Photo from New York magazine}

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Good Egg

New York Magazine's website currently features a slideshow of this year's "most creative egg-and-bunny themed sweets." Most impressive is Jacque Torres's "Sleeping Monk," a hand-crafted two-and-a-half-foot tall chocolate egg of dark chocolate shell, complete with sugar daisies and six milk chocolate bunnies.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Treats, Parisian Style

We all know about Pierre Herme's acclaimed macarons, but often overlooked are their equally enticing chocolates. For Easter, they're offering several new confections that look too amazing to eat. (Or maybe not.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

New from Vosges Haut-Chocolat, two floppy-eared bunnies to sweeten your Easter basket. Each 2.5 ounce solid deep (43% ) milk chocolate bunny arrives in its own box complete with a story of its origin and available in four varieties. The two pictured here: hickory smoked almonds and grey sea salt, and crunchy butter toffee with a touch of pink Himalayan salt.

{Find these, and two other bunnies here}

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Bars

These are simply insane. Homemade marshmallow in between creamy layers of chocolate by Allie’s Edibles Indulgent Comfort Sweets. Allie's hand-crafted bars come individually wrapped in sinfully rich combos like chocolate-covered marshmallow, chocolate and peanut butter, and chocolate pretzel toffee bark.

{Order you own}

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sweet on St. Patrick

Tarrytown's Anna Shea Chocolates celebrates St. Patrick's Day with delicious pairings of  Irish spirits (lagers too) and chocolate.

{Images: Anna Shea; Purchase the limited edition collection here}