-September 19, 2017-
Good morning everyone! ☀️ Happy Wednesday! Finally, we all made it to the middle of the week. I just wanted to apologize first of all, for not publishing any post on my blog for nearly 3 whole weeks. School started and I was bombarded with paper assignments and quizzes/exams from Day 1 (whew!). But I have completed every assignment and passed every exam successfully so as a way to celebrate, I have decided to write about one of my favorite things-pastries!
I love all kinds of pastries-cake, pie, éclaire, strudle, cronut, canelé, danish, cannoli, croissant, mille-feuille, muffin, and so on. It is to the point where at one point in my life, I actually contemplated on going to a culinary arts school to study baking (I think I actually might’ve if I didn’t discover my passion for writing 🤔).
Anyways, because that is the case, I tend to eat pastries for dessert after every meal that I have-especially after breakfast because I like to complement my morning coffee with something sweet.
Today was no different from my other mornings. After eating some nice Korean-style breakfast, I went to The French Workshop for some delicious pastries to wash down the savoriness left on my tongue after the huge meal. I’m not sure if this is just me or a lot of other people are also like this but I always feel the need to counter the savory taste in my mouth with something sweet in order to neutralize my taste buds… if that makes sense 🙄.
Today, I chose the cranberry walnut bread to accompany my morning latte. Currently, this delicacy is my holy grail. As the name suggests, it is pretty much just a loaf of bread embedded with bits of dried cranberries and walnuts. But the one that they sell at The French Workshop is none like the other ones that I’ve had. The bread is very chewy and moist (Sorry for those who are bothered by the word “moist”. I couldn’t think of a better word to describe the texture.) It is not too sweet and not too buttery. The bread goes with almost anything-butter, strawberry jam, and even cream cheese (you have to try it with cream cheese… it’s heavenly).
When you go, ask to get the bread toasted and not only will they toast the bread for you, but they will slice the bread evenly and serve it with knife and butter.
They have a variety of breads in addition to the cranberry walnut bread.
- Apple Cinnamon Bread, $5.50
- Cinnamon Raisin Bread, $4.99
- Chocolate Bread, $4.99
- Fig Hazelnut Bread, $4.99
- Gruyere Cheese Bread, $5.95
The common aspect of all these breads is that they are not too sweet (not even the chocolate bread). These are breads that would go well with spreads. I just like to pair them with the usual butter or cream cheese 😋.
But if you’re feeling something sweeter, The French Workshop has a wide array of desserts as well, including cakes, tartes, cookies, pies, macarons, etc.
After my savory bread, I like to end with something sweet. Today, I was feeling a cookie so I decided to get the pumpkin spice cookie since fall is almost here in New York and that means pumpkin everything for me-pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie, and even pumpkin scented candle.
It was my first time getting this one because I usually get the chocolate hazelnut cookie. Their cookies are chewy and soft like their breads. For those who prefer crispy cookies, I recommend getting their tartes instead because all the cookies tend to be on the softer side.
The pumpkin spice cookie is topped with pumpkin seeds. I am not sure exactly which ingredients go in the cookie but I tasted a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg when I took a bite. From my years of experience with home-baking and eating lots of desserts, I’m guessing that they baked each cookie within a short time period under high temperature because the three keys to producing soft, chewy cookies are: stiff/heavy dough, strong heat, and short time.
Other sweet desserts that I recommend are:
- Chocolate Tart, $5.50
- Duke, $5.95
- Strawberry Tart, $5.50
- Raspberry Tart, $5.50
- Carrot Cake, $4.99
- Tiramisu, $7.95
- Crunchy, $5.95
- Chocolate Mille-Feuille, $5.75
They also sell sandwiches here, which are amazing. If you’re not a heavy breakfast eater, try getting one of their sandwiches for a quick bite!
My recommendations are:
- Chicken Pesto, $6.95
- Wild Mushroom, $5.95
- Cordon Bleu, $10.95
- Fresh Mozzarella, $5.95
The atmosphere of the cafe is nice too. In the morning, the sun shines through the windows. The interior is very minimalistic except for the counter area, where they showcase their pastries. I personally really like this setup because it makes me think that they place their focus on the products that they’re marketing instead of paying so much attention to the interior design that they neglect the quality of the pastries.
When you get the chance, definitely stop by and check the place out!
The French Workshop ㅣ ★★★★★
Location: 3839 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m’