Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Childhood memory


My sister's email inspired my post today.
She said she made a quick visit to Aix-en-Provence,
went to our former school and of course bought some calissons,
these lozenge-shaped exquisite sweets made with almonds and sugared melons. Lucky girl !
Me, I have a box at home but it is sadly empty.
I keep it for the souvenir and nostalgia of sweet childhood days.
I also discovered that French pastry makers Philippe Conticini and Angelo Muso
created a cake based on the calisson for their Pâtisserie des Rêves in Paris.
It has the same shape as a calisson and tastes like one but it is an individual cake.
Now I have to go to Paris to taste it....


Tell me...do you know the calissons d'Aix ?

pics :
#1 me
#2 Bernard Touillon pour Côté Sud

La Pâtisserie des Rêves
96, rue du Bac
75007 Paris

11 comments:

Yoli said...

That looks delicious!

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

Lala, how I've missed you!
What is a Calissons d'Aix!? They look utterly delish!

Mélanie A. said...

ah oui les calissons .. Malheureusement , je ne les aime pas

David Engel said...

I do not know the calissons d'Aix. How could they have escaped me?!!??!!? I'd meet you in Paris to try the pastry though.

Best,

David
http://www.globlaroundtown.blogspot.com

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, I adore these - I can imagine it all on the palate. So toothsome!
And I adore your sardine post below;-)

donna said...

i was in Aix 2 years ago and didn't buy any, and i now regret it...i live in southern california, and i realize it would be like not trying a taco here....they are a part of the culture...are they truly delicious?...now i need to go back to try one!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Oh yes, I know those calissons...I actually mailed a box of them to the man I now call "my other half" before we had even met - it's a long story ;-) Maybe they're responsible for us being together?...Thanks sooo much for the lovely welcome back to blog land, your comment was so sweet and kind. Love from London x

Linda Sue said...

No but if wishes were fishes I would have several! I should go to Paris soon!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

For as often as I've seen them in gourmet shops here, I've never tasted one. I don't know why - I love the box, the shape, the white coating. Next time I won't pass them up!
Catherine xx

Ingrid De Villiers said...

Wow, those calissons look delicious! I hope your empty box at home will be filled up soon with Calissons d'Aix...!
Ixx

Genie said...

I do not know them, but I will be trying the cake the next time I am in Paris. I have been to Pâtisserie des Rêves but did not know about calisson. Your photo of the empty box is lovely, but the empty box makes me a little sad.

Calissons d'Aix, cakes... miam-miam!

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