Time to head to my favorite French bakery this side of Paris — Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie! (I know we’ve been here a lot lately, but there’s SO much to tell you about!)
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The bakery relocated to the back of Epcot’s France Pavilion last year, and gained quite a bit of real estate in the process. And it’s a good thing — because it has continued to grow in popularity through the years.
Anyway, I sampled a pastry there last Fall that I’ve returned for time and time again…and it’s finally time to tell you about it! At first glance you might be unimpressed…but ohmigosh as soon as you try it you’ll be a convert! Let’s goooooo!
If you haven’t meandered through the France Pavilion lately, you should! There have been some interesting changes to this corner of World Showcase.
And the back of the France Pavilion now houses Les Halles.
The move greatly expanded the ordering area, giving guests a little elbow room. But the cases are still mirror images of one another — pick either the right or the left, and you’ll see the same offerings.
One of the most popular things about the move has been the addition of some indoor seating. It’s not much and it’s usually hard to find a table on a busy day, though. Fortunately, you can still head back outside to dine at one of the small cafe tables in the open air, Paris-style. 🙂
There are menu boards above that give you the rundown on what’s available. But the cool thing about Les Halles is that you can also see pretty much all of the menu items right in front of you as well.
And seriously, it can be tough to decide!
But today, we wanted to take a closer look at two items — one of our favorite pastries, and a sandwich that’s new to us.
So, first up, let’s talk about the heavenliness that is that pastry I mentioned in the first section of this post. There’s a picture of it below. Pretty humdrum, eh? Well, don’t judge a book by its cover. The Frangipane Triangle is KILLER.
I enjoyed the simple pastry immensely at last year’s Parisian Breakfast — one of my favorite events at last year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Rich, buttery pastry gives way to the most beautiful Frangipane Filling. AAAAAAH. It’s AMAZING! I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU!
For those who think this is marzipan and want to say “I don’t like marzipan, so I won’t like this,” go right ahead. More for me. But you’d be totes wrong. Frangipane is an almond flavor filling that’s full of butter, sugar, eggs. All things incredibly good and fabulous. Marzipan is an almond candy made with powdered sugar and glucose. NOT the same. REALLY not the same.
Anyway, I grabbed a Frangipane Triangle just to see if it was as good as it was last Fall and, yes. It was. It was better. You will thank me when you have it. Send me an email and let me know how good it was and if you have any leftovers you can mail to me.
Now, after I indulged in the deliciousness, it was time for something that would stick to my ribs a bit more — a sammy! Normally, I go straight for my favorite — the Jambon Beurre. With Ham, Gruyère, and Dijon Mustard Butter, this classic sandwich is outta this world.
But today, I opted to try one of the new sandwiches I saw on the line– the Brie and Apple Sandwich.
The sandwich is served on Multigrain Baguette Bread. (Already healthy!) It was split down one side in customary fashion, and the fillings were layered in.
And you know those daydreams where you’re sitting in Paris at an outdoor cafe and indulging in real, fresh-from-the-farm European gorgeousness? The way sandwiches are supposed to be made? Without all the processed stuff? Yep. That’s what this is.
Soft sliced Brie and thinly sliced, poached Apples were layered together beautifully. This wasn’t just a sandwich. It was art. Get it heated so the brie and apples all mush together — so, so good.
Now, do you feel like you’ve been eating in a theme park? I didn’t think so.
Les Halles continues to wow. They walk a beautifully balanced line between offering classic French fare, and spicing things up a bit with new offerings. While I love a good chewy Demi Baguette and Butter as much as the next girl, the Multigrain Bread was a nice addition. And who can resist an excuse to eat apples and brie together?
If you love French food, head to the back of the France Pavilion and give Les Halles a try. Send the kids off with Dad to ride Mission:Space and escape for an hour. You’ll swear you’ve touched down in Paris — if only for a moment. And sometimes that’s good enough.
Is Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie one of your favorite stops on your food tour around the World? Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite items here!