At the grand opening of Sugar & Plumm in Paramus, everything came in picturesque miniature. From the housemade waffle cones, slightly sweet and still crisp. All lined up…
We found rows of macarons to be devoured, even in the hard-to-find licorice flavor.
But I was most smitten with the miniature Religieuse!! I can’t even remember the last time I spotted a Religieuse pastry in NYC much less in miniature form. Did you know “la religieuse” means “the nun” in French? It’s so named because the shape of the pastry – two cream puffs, one on top the other, is said to resemble a nun’s habit.
Perhaps, perhaps this will be the year of the Religieuse? This beloved French pastry even graces the cover of Susan Hochbaum’s lovely new book, Pastry Paris! Though the Religieuse on her cover comes from La Grande Epicerie at Bon Marché (super cool post on Le Bon Marché at the HiP Paris Blog).