|Flan and apple pastries from Bonaparate in Savage|
For the short-ribs-and-shrimp feast that the '34 Act Gourmet put on, I had to find something that could hold its own on the table -- and I had to do it on the way home.
That's how I ended up among Bonaparte Bakery's pastries in the Savage Mill. The bakery does spectacular breads, but I focused on the display case where I passed on several cream-and-pastry creations to buy slices of flan and individual-sized apple pastries.
These are high-end desserts. For $5 each, I got substantial desserts. Two of you could split one. To sample for the blog, the four of us split four. Dense, lightly-sweet flan slices -- almost more like a sweet-potato pie than a Spanish custard. Perfectly-tender apple slices with a sweet gel, baked onto a complex pastry crust that managed to be light and crisp without being dry.
Bonaparte does all kinds of intricate French desserts. The chocolate croissants and the breads make it worth visiting any time, but keep Savage in mind when you want something sweet to make a special dinner.
If you check out Laurel Meat Market from Howard County, then Bonaparte can be a quick detour on the way home. If you want more bakeries, check out my post about the revolution in bread in Howard County. If you want more intricate pastries, stop at Touche Touchet in Columbia, especially for the chocolate croissants, fruit tarts and cookies.