Thursday, August 28, 2008

La Boulangarie Bakery in Ellicott City

The sweet treats at La Boulangarie Bakery make for a great snack or for takehome that ranges from a simple dessert to an ornate cake.

The bakery with the French name and the Korean flavor sits across from the Lotte supermarket in Ellicott City. In the refrigerated case are formal cakes that run from $20 to $35 and come in flavors from chocolate to whipped cream to Korean sweet potato. In the front are shelves of individually-wrapped pasties and sweet breads. You can buy a selection and create a striking dessert plate for $10. I love the breads and buns filled with sweet red beans, but there are also varieties with hazelnut cream or sweet green beans along with chocolate-filled pastries, banana-shaped cakes and madeleines.

The madeleines are a good introduction to La Boulangarie. They're shell-shaped and just browned at the edges. They are moist cakes, tasting of butter and perfect for dipping in coffee or tea. But I recommend that you create modern memories by pairing madeleines with bubble tea. La Boulangarie's mango version tastes like a mango iced tea, less thick than some versions of this ubiquitous Asian treat. The pink straw is extra-wide so that you can suck up the black tapioca pearls at the bottom.

La Boulangarie is in a shopping center with a variety of Korean businesses, including the Lotte supermarket and the Shin Chon Garden restaurant. If you love pastries, you should also check out Bonaparte Bread in Savage. The pastries there are the detailed French style like opera cake and tarts. Bonaparte is also a perfect place to stop for a treat or to carry out dessert for a special occasion.

La Boulangarie Bakery
8815 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

NEAR: Rte 40 and Rte 29 Intersection. The bakery is across the parking lot from the Lotte supermarket in the Lotte shopping center on Rte 40.

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