La Patisserie Chouquette
Because I'm a fantastic son, I decided to surprise my mom with some delectable treats from Simone Faure's La Patisserie Chouquette. I first popped into Chouquette before a lunch at Olio, looked around and saw there were a lot of things I'd like to eat, then decided I'd return post-lunch. Mistake. Upon return, a lot of the pastries I was hoping to buy had disappeared and the shop was filled with people. For months now I've lived with the regret of not buying the pastries I wanted when I had the chance.
Finally, redemption! Before deciding on what to get for mom, my sister and I selfishly picked out some treats for ourselves. She picked the Earl Grey macaron and I went with the Oprah Chai eclair. It feels ridiculous to go to Starbucks or Teavana and order the "Oprah" Chai, but it is soooo tasty. I might write up a little "Taste Test" of it, just so I have another chance to drink more of it.
The Earl Grey macaron was eaten so quickly, I didn't even get a picture of it. You can see it peeking out in the macaron picture below-it's the bright blue one. It was very good, especially if you enjoy the flavor of Earl Grey tea. The Oprah Chai eclair (purple one below) was on the sweet side, but it was just as delicious as the tea itself.
While our original plan was to get a single cake for our mom (perhaps the shoe cake below), we decided a sampler platter would be better.
Our platter included: Strawberry lemonade cake with chocolate frosting, a tarte au citron, a strawberry cheesecake mille crepe, a strawberry eclair and three macarons (Vietnamese coffee, Chai hazelnut, orange pistachio).
My favorite was the strawberry lemonade cake. Its taste matched its description perfectly. I thought the balance of the slice was great, not tasting too strongly of any of the main ingredients. If there's such a thing as a summery layer cake, this would be one.
While I'm not normally a strawberry cheesecake (or any kind of cheesecake) fan, the use of the thin crepes took away the signature heaviness that I don't enjoy. I really enjoyed it.
For lemon lovers, like my mom, the tarte au citron will probably steal the show. Shortbread crust topped with a light lemony paste and some mini-meringues. This was my second favorite of the desserts.
The strawberry eclair was, as you can imagine, very strawberry-y. The strawberry cream inside delicious, reminding me of the strawberry milk you can find around Japan. Or like a better version of Nesquik strawberry powder.
Finally, we have the macarons. I haven't found better macarons anywhere in St. Louis. A lot of people talk about La Bonne Bouchee, but I find theirs to be overpriced, under flavored, and tiny. I want a macaron that has a crunchy shell that won't fall apart upon biting, filled with a smooth cream that has the flavors described by the shop. Chouquette succeeds here. My favorite of this threesome was the Vietnamese coffee, though I'd gladly eat any you throw at me.
I'm very happy that Simone Faure chose to open her shop here in St. Louis. Her and her team's pastries and cakes have all been fantastic. I love that you can go and find traditional classics as well as seasonal and daily specials. There's obviously a lot of love and care behind what is put out every day. If you haven't been down to check our La Patisserie Chouquette, you need to do so. Have a light breakfast and tea in the store, then mosey over to Olio for lunch. Then go back over for dessert.