Thursday, September 18, 2008

Delicious: Opera Cake at Bonaparte Bread

Ornate desserts aren't my forte, so I love to carry home delicacies like Bonaparte Bread's opera cake.  

Chocolate ganache and coffee butter cream, layered with sponge cake and frosting with a thin layer of that ganache.  Perfect with cold glasses of South Mountain Creamery milk.

It's delicious.  It's so rich that it was almost too much for Mrs. HowChow.  If you don't want chocolate, Bonaparte in Savage sells a whole variety of French pastries.  Try the mini-tartes like the "Tarte Citron Meringue" -- a lemon custard tart topped with little squirts of meringue toasted brown.

One or two of Bonaparte's desserts are the storybook end to a romantic dinner.  A collection -- maybe sliced in half or quarters -- could create a dessert buffet to sample at the end of a dinner party.  Any single pastry is the perfect treat if you stop at the Savage bakery for a cup of coffee or to pick up bread.  One doesn't even count.  You don't have to tell.  I certainly don't!

Bonaparte Bread
8600 Foundry Street
Savage, MD 20763
Bonaparte Web site

NEAR: This is just north of Gorman Road and just west of Rte 1 in Savage. It's the Savage Mill complex that is two minutes from Rte 32. Just exit Rte 32 south onto Rte 1. Turn right at the light for Gorman Road, then right on Foundry Road where there are signs for Savage Mill. Bonaparte's Bread is in the central courtyard in sight of the entrance for the Ram's Head Tavern.

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