The wild strawberry season is in full swing, and it's the best time to enjoy it! It is eaten plain, topped with vanilla ice cream, on a slice of white cake generously coated with whipped cream. They are so tasty and full of sugar that it doesn't have to be complicated. However, if you want to leave it to a professional to magnify this red fruit, here are some suggestions for pastries to visit.
Bertrand Bazin, from the eponymous café combining fine pastry and a French bistro at noon, offers a not-quite-traditional strawberry, but a charming delicacy. It takes the form of a roll, erected vertically and composed of an almond dacquoise, which is garnished with an almond whipped cream and orange blossom, then a strawberry coulis. You can eat it on the spot after a Niçoise toast or a slice of quiche, or to take away with a coffee.
▶ 380 Ave. Victoria, Westmount
Make no mistake, the La Fournée d'Olivier bakery does not stop at a few batches a day. The team is not only busy kneading the dough either: we turn it, we cook it to make a sweet dough, biscuits, soft dough, sponge cakes… You will have understood, it is also a patisserie – which, moreover, has nothing to be ashamed of when compared to addresses in the great metropolis. At the controls, a pastry chef in full control of his laboratory, who also rolls out a charming red carpet with Quebec strawberries, with two creations. On one side, a strawberry, lighter than the traditional, then on the other, a tartlet combining strawberry, almonds and jasmine.
▶1133, boul. Armand-Frappier, Sainte-Julie
It is in the light of his refined and gourmet creations that pastry chef Olivier Potier offers his own version of strawberry, to which he graciously combines pistachio. The piece is composed of a soft pistachio biscuit, a strawberry confit, a light Madagascar vanilla cream, a pistachio whipped cream, then an impressive quantity of fresh strawberries. Something to “fall into the strawberries”.
▶630 Wellington Street, Montreal
Presumably, the pastry chef and best worker in France Jean-Marc Guillot was eager to return to the workshop to serve the Artisans Market, which recently celebrated its official reopening. In addition to finding some house classics, here too, you can take full advantage of the strawberry season in Quebec. This time, they are found on a Breton shortbread biscuit, stuffed with a light verbena cream, as well as a few cubes of yuzu strawberry jelly. Here is another reason to rediscover this market, located inside
the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel!
▶900, boul. René-Lévesque O., Montreal
Tommy Dion is a food columnist/critic and founder of the web platform and gourmet guide www.lecuisinomane.com.