Monday, September 16, 2013
Dessert review: Bisous Bisous creates beautiful, edible works of art
Picking a favorite from its selection is like trying to pick a favorite child.
DALLAS Andrea Meyer is the mastermind behind Bisous Bisous. We both share an insatiable sweet tooth and a passion for delicious French pastries. However, I just want to look at them and eat them, while Andrea wants to create beautiful pastry masterpieces, and then eat them!
I am convinced that it is kismet that I got a hold of Meyer when I did. She just so happened to be baking up a storm for her upcoming holiday photo shoot, which (lucky for me) means she had available pretty much every flavor combination that makes me weak in the knees.
Along with a plethora of macarons, I also tried her delicious tartlets, parfaits and cupcakes.
Of course I would do just about anything for a good macaron, but a really well made tart gets my heart a-fluttering every time. I sampled two tartlets: a Pumpkin Pecan Tartlet and a Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tartlet. The Pumpkin Pecan was by far my favorite, with its buttery shell, silky pumpkin mousse, house made graham cracker, candied pecans and just a touch of whipped cream. I am convinced this tart should replace my regular Thanksgiving pie. Of course, it would be a lie if I said I would order a full sized tart and share with the family. The Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tartlet is a dark chocolate lover's dream. It was full of rich dark chocolate peppermint ganache and topped with crushed candy cane and a fondant snowflake for that added winter touch.
The parfaits! I cannot stop thinking about them both. Usually parfaits are kind of “meh” to me because I find too much of the same texture. Meyer definitely put a lot of thought into the layers of her parfaits. The parfaits I sampled were Cinnamon and Salted Caramel Apple Parfait. The Cinnamon was my favorite for the simple fact that the very top layer consisted of a delicious layer of toasted marshmallow. The rest of the parfait had creamy liquid cheesecake, cinnamon pastry cream and that same delicious house-made graham cracker. The Salted Caramel Apple parfait also blew me away with the texture. It was full of a delicious spiced apple compote (that I would gladly eat with a spoon), plus salted caramel and whipped cream.
While the majority of the Bisous Bisous menu consists of French-inspired desserts, Meyer also makes cupcakes. These cupcakes are large enough to share (but I won’t judge you if you don’t). I had a Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cupcake and an Eggnog Cupcake. As if an Eggnog Cupcake itself is not amazing, Meyer fills it with eggnog buttercream and tops it with a spiced rum buttercream and sprinkle of nutmeg. I vote every household replaces their traditional Crock Pot of spiked eggnog with Bisous Bisous eggnog cupcakes. The Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cupcake is filled with that same luscious dark chocolate peppermint ganache as the tartlet, and topped with a peppermint buttercream. The texture of Meyer's buttercream is pretty amazing. I don’t know what she does to get it so light, yet full of flavor. It is like an airy whipped cream frosting, but with the buttery flavor that you can only get from a buttercream frosting.
Finally, the crème de la crème, pièce de résistance, tour de force of Bisous Bisous: the French macarons. You can call me lucky since I had a rare opportunity to have so many outstanding flavors in one box of macarons. My box of macarons consisted of Salted Caramel, Chocolate, Tiramisu, Coconut, PBJ, Lemon, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Spice, Eggnog, Caramel Apple, Maple Pecan, Cranberry Orange and Peppermint.
Picking a favorite would like asking you to pick your favorite child. I cannot do it. The caramel apple had that same amazing compote that graced the parfait, the gingerbread would give any gingerbread man a run for his money, and the PBJ was a substitute for a sandwich I would take any day.
If it is any indication of how much I adore Bisous Bisous macarons, I have already placed a fall and winter order as soon as they are available for purchase. (Pumpkin and Caramel Apple go on sale September 23, Maple Pecan starts on November 11, and the winter flavors begin on November 29.)
Right now, Bisous Bisous is delivery only. However, Meyer hopes to have a storefront soon.
Dallas has so few French Patisseries that I think there is definitely a place for Bisous Bisous among the traditional American bakeries that Dallas is overflowing with. I can’t wait t see what is next for Meyer and Bisous Bisous.
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