Thursday, December 04, 2008

The November pastry case at Pix Patisserie, up Division street from my apartment. Note the rosemary, and the slice of brie on top of the chocolate dome--a dessert called the "Royale with Cheese."

Finally, food in Portland. I always wait too long to blog, after I've consumed countless delicacies and memorable meals. With all of this swirling in my head and only a few minutes, I'll just share an incredible, beautiful, seasonal pastry that I had yesterday, while out for work.

Called the "Ichabod Creme" (hee hee) at Pix Patisserie, this gorgeously decadent treat begins with a buttery shortbread tart crust, topped with a chewy caramel layer studded with toasted pumpkin seeds and pecans. On top of that is a thin layer of spiced almond cream, and "pumpkin creme brulee" (a.k.a. spreadable heaven). THEN there is a tangle of deep dark chocolate ribbons swirling around the top like a bee hive, and garnished with star anise and curried pecans. Exotic autumn deliciousness...