Raspberry Tart from Maison Kayser, Dish #63
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The new Maison Kayser on the Upper East Side is part of Eric Kayser's international chain of French bakeries (and just one of three locations set to open in New York). The enterprise is enormous, but the goods are quality. Crusty breads and breakfast pastries rise slowly with traditional levain, and even the simplest tart is a beauty.
The raspberry tart has a crisp pastry shell full of a soft, almond-kissed cake with a tender chew. It's topped with a blob of pastry cream and as many fresh raspberries as it can hold. A tiny masterpiece.
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