STORY AND PHOTOS BY AUSTEN DIAMOND
Baker’s Dozen Indulging in downtown’s desserts is its own reward.
party without cake is just a meeting,” said Julia Child. One might say that a lunch or dinner without dessert is merely eating—not enjoying. Indeed, Salt Lake City has pastries aplenty, not to mention a bevy of highelevation bread makers for those with a tooth that’s less sweet. With eats so good, spring is less about working on your beach bod, and more about relishing your bread bod. We’ve rounded up a dozen (plus one, for good measure) of our favorite downtown sweets and savory baked goods for your dining pleasure.
Gourmandise — Cookies and Chocolate Mousse With a 25-year legacy of crafting French-inspired pastries and baked goods, you can expect the classics from Gourmandise. Imagine yourself on a Parisian sidewalk as you nibble on an assortment of cookies, including a Rum Ball, a Grand Marnier sugar cookie, and the Cognac and Sable cookies half-dipped in dark chocolate (all pictured). Then, save some space for a Gourmandise bestseller. The Chocolate Mousse is made with genoise and ganache for a truly decadent experience. 250 S 300 East, 801-328-3330, gourmandisethebakery.com 28
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Les Madeleines — Kouing Aman & Meyer Lemon Tart Pastry Chef Romina Rasmussen has baked the Kouing Aman for a baker’s dozen of years. With such expertise and execution, she sends hundreds out of her kitchen and sells them to hungry addicts across the country. Try this Les Madeleines staple, and then indulge in something new. Made with lemon custard, topped with a Swiss meringue, and settled in a flaky pâte brisée, the Meyer Lemon Tart will blow your top. 216 E 500 South, 801-355-2294, lesmadeleines.com
Carlucci’s Bakery — Cannoli & Fruit Tart Find a perch above Pioneer Park at Carlucci’s Bakery. The west side staple serves piping fresh coffee and espresso drinks made with Utah’s Caffe Ibis coffee and milk from local, hormone-free cows. Once you have your coffee buzz, dig into the Italian-Americaninfluenced bakery’s divine Cannoli. In traditional style, it’s made with a ricotta cheese filling and chocolate chips. Then, freak out for a fruit tart, built with a delicate almond shell, pastry cream, an assortment of fresh fruit, and an apricot glaze. 314 W Broadway #1, 801-366-4484, carluccisbakery.com spring / summer 2016