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Shauna Des Voignes, a vet of RN74 and Ubuntu, runs this tiny pastry shop in the back of Local: Mission Eatery. In addition to baking the state's most opulent brioche and dinnertime desserts for the restaurant, she erects a stand out front of the restaurant in the morning (highlights: meat pies with puff-pastry crusts, hazelnut whole-wheat scones). She then moves to the back, where she sets out cookies, pound cakes, and pastries such as the pomme d'amour, a gorgeous custard-filled pastry circle with a caramelized-sugar top.
Mention to a friend that you just visited Shauna Des Voignes' pastry stand in the back of Local: Mission Eatery, and their eyes will go vacant. "Did you have that thing?" they'll sputter. "That crème brûlée thing?" That thing, a name few people can remember, is something Des Voignes calls "pomme d'amore": a high-lipped golden round of pastry, with the center filled with a pool of rum custard capped in a thin, transparent pane of burnt sugar. The pastry seems to implode... More »
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