I spent the morning touring the Morgan Library with Conner looking at the Jane Austen exhibit (which was fantastic), and immersion in the world of British class, marriage and wit put me in the mood for high tea, which wouldn’t be complete without a pastry.  I was keeping my eyes peeled for a bakery and I (luckily) bumped into La Delice Pastry Shop a few blocks from my home.  I wish they would have let me take a photo: it was confectionery perfection! Three cases line the walls and in each case are cookies, cupcakes, sheet cakes, pastries, and petit fours. The selection was overwhelming, so I asked the woman at the counter what her favorite is (I like taking recommendations from the counter staff when I feel indecisive), and settled on two petit fours — she gave me her top four flavors, but I know I don’t have the self-control to only eat two today and save the others for later, so I chose two untraditional flavors: maple and berry. It didn’t hurt that they had just finished putting the frosting decorations on the berry: that’s my favorite way to eat any pastry besides chocolate cake — fresh out of the oven!

They were the best accoutrements for an early afternoon tea break! Each petit four had alternating thin layers of cake and ganache/preserves.  The icing on the cake (literally) was a simple flat icing that had just the right amount of sweet to pull it all together!  So pretty and so yummy. A wonderful pick-me-up in the middle of the week.

Thanks for reading and happy eating! EE