October 26, 2015 by Emma Bentley
There is a traditional French expression which says that “a good friend is one who brings food.”
Well, I’m not sure if that expression actually exists but, if it doesn’t, there ought to be something like it.
It was my birthday this past weekend and one of my oldest friends in Paris was so kind to bring me a box of treats from the Bontemps Pâtisserie.
Bontemps is a pâtisserie shop in the Marais – on Rue de Bretagne to be precise (full details below) – run by two sisters, which opened at the start of 2015. It is specialised in sablés – “sandy” biscuits made with tons of butter, salt and top-quality flour.
At Bontemps, these treats come in three formats: miniatures (as pictured above), a heart shape (which they recommend for two people) and a flower with five petals (= five servings.)
The biscuit is so light and delicate that it is the perfect vehicule to carry the cream filling. The fillings vary through the year but even if raspberries and passion fruit are out of season, you should be able to find flavours such as chocolate tonka bean and zesty lemon curd.
The décor of the shop – with its beautiful but quaint window design and its very girly interior – rather reminds me of a dolls’ house… but who cares? It’s the goods that count and these are exceptionally good. Get yourselves there ASAP!
Essential InformationAddress: 57 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Telephone: 01 42 74 10 68 Website: Facebook Opening Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12 noon – 8pm. Saturday: 10am – 19h30. Sunday: 10am-2pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.