Year of Baking: Visiting Bouchon Bakery

When Nick and I were in New York there were two bakeries I wanted to try, spoiler we only made it to one of them. After walking for a few hours and some sight-seeing we came to the Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center.

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I’ve only made one recipe from the Bouchon cookbook for the year of baking. I’ll be honest, a ton of the recipes intimidate me, and a ton of them are very complicated. This visit, however, re-ignited my interest to try a recipe from there.

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I asked for the Mixed Greens salad and it did not disappoint. Goat cheese, chicken, dried cranberries and apricots, pear, almonds and a light vinaigrette. It was so good. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be anything spectacular, but I am drooling thinking of the creamy texture of the goat cheese.

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Nick loves him some chicken salad, but hates any added “stuff”, when we were at the bakery (2 pm) it was mobbed and Nick on the fly picked this sandwich without asking what was in the chicken salad. It had one of Nick’s no-no’s, grapes, but he actually really enjoyed it. I think it was better because the grapes were chopped and a lot of chicken salads have them whole.

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Uh, how delicious do those desserts look?

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If you know me, it is no surprise that I got the chocolate tart. The crust was nice, thin, and crunchy. The chocolate was smooth and creamy.

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Nick has a thing for coffee cake. We ordered coffees and enjoyed our desserts outsideā€¦I will say though, that powdered sugar was blown’ everywhere.

I also got a vanilla macaron for a treat later. It ended up being my treat on Monday, after a very long few hours, it was nice to enjoy a delicious pastry.

Now that I have visited, I decided I definitely need to make the chocolate tart (and get a tart pan) and I really need to give macarons a try.

Have you ever been to Bouchon? Have you ever made a tart or macarons? Any words of wisdom>?

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