elmomonster or others, help! Fruit tart in January?
I just ordered a fruit tart from Le Croissant Dore for a baby shower on Saturday. But I'm wondering...since it's January, is the fruit going to be any good? Anyone who's tried one in the winter, or if just have an opinion, :) please advise. thanks!
The bakery shops down in little saigon are pretty good about not putting any bad/out of season fruit on their baked goods. It's not good for business and word of mouth like that could ruin your reputation.
Having said that, I think the actual fruit will change with the seasons, but it's still going to be delicious. I really like Croissant Dore, but I actually enjoy Van's Bakery (on Brookhurst just north of Hazard) a little more.
Not from Croissant Dore, but I've never had a tart with bad fruit from Porto's, even in January.
I've tried the one from Croissant D'Ore (on Bolsa). It thought it was ok, but far better suited to my tastes is Sing Sing Bakery's version, a mile east of there.
The puff pastry is criper, lighter, and taller, which is a sign of technical prowess. The custard is excellent, as is the fruit. As you note, fruit quality might vary seasonally, but Sing Sing generally uses fruit that tastes good, as opposed to other places that choose to use hard, flavorless fruit that tease you with good looks only.
My $.02, your mileage may vary.
Sing Sing Bakery
9600 Bolsa Ave Unit A
Wow! Thank you so much for all the great input. I think it's too late for me to change my order at this point, but I'm adding Van's, Porto's and Sing Sing to my list of bakeries to check out in the future. It's a little overwhelming to head down there and just pick a bakery, and I trust and appreciate the opinions on this board so much. Thanks!