Luscious Raspberry-Lemon Tarts at Bien Cuit

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Who doesn't love a lemon-custard tart?


When the new Bien Cuit debuted on Christopher Street, the main difference between it and its parent was the prevalence of new pastries. While FiTR has found the croissant-type items a bit overbaked, so that they all come out too dark, the cookies and tarts are often quite magnificent.


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Custard-Filled Galaktoboureko From Lefkos Pyrgos

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The custard in the Galaktoboureko is even better tasting than it looks.


[Fat Pants Fridays was a weekly feature presenting the city's most appealing cakes, puddings, and other treats created by our much-missed former blogger Rebecca Marx, running for two years ending in September, 2011. Here we go again!]


Of the many phyllo-based pastries of Greece, none is richer and more scrumptious than Galaktoboureko. Showing its possible North African inspiration, the custard is eggy in the extreme, and further stiffened with semolina flour, which imparts a light and bouncy texture. The syrup-sluiced top and bottom crust are only a delivery system, and the custard squirts everywhere as you eat the pastry with a fork. Take FiTR's advice--roll up your sleeves and dive in with your hands.

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Fat Pants Friday Says 'The End' With Amy's Bread's Monkey Cake

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Rebecca Marx

Because this is the very last Fat Pants Friday installment I'll ever write (not counting, of course, this morning's regurgitation of my all-time favorites), I spent a fair amount of time trying to decide how to best consume my last professionally-mandated serving of simple carbohydrates. Until I finally realized that it only made sense to do so by returning to the origin of my New York bakery obsession, the monkey cake made at Amy's Bread.


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My 10 Best Fat Pants Fridays

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Rebecca Marx
Cake Shop's peanut butter bomb.


I have spent the last 18 months or so eating untold amounts of fat and sugar, often but not always in the name of Fat Pants Friday. This column has given me a great excuse to coddle my sweet tooth, and more importantly, to visit and revisit some of the city's best bakeries and pastry pushers. It has, as one would expect, been a lot of fun, and a lot of calories. Today is my last Fat Pants Friday, and I've been asked to mark the occasion by revisiting my 10 all-time favorite excursions, the ones that have continued to haunt my daydreams long after my blood sugar has descended to a safe level and my teeth have stopped hurting. They're in no particular order, for the simple reason that I love them all.

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Green Fig Café and Bakery's Cowboy Cookie Has Lassoed Our Affections

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Rebecca Marx

Robert's a fan of Sunset Park's Green Fig Café and Bakery, and after visiting it yesterday, so am I.


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Quality Cakes' Chocolate-Covered Grasshopper Is Childhood in a Cup

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Rebecca Marx

My love of Quality Meats' Quality Cakes is no secret, so when I heard their stay at the restaurant had been extended until October, I decided to celebrate accordingly.


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Jane's Sweet Buns Are Dandy, But Her Sandwich Cookies Are Even Better

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Rebecca Marx

Although Jane's Sweet Buns is known for its booze-embellished sticky buns, I was swayed on a recent visit by the sight of the bakery's sandwich cookies, sitting plump and pretty under a glass cake lid.


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Alfama's Pão de Deus Is Indeed Sublime

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Rebecca Marx

We were pretty excited when we learned earlier this month that Alfama was going to start selling bread. News of any new bakery is exciting enough, but news of a Portuguese restaurant selling its native breads is cause for celebration. New York certainly isn't lacking in baguettes and croissants, but creations like broa (a cornmeal-based bread) and pasteis de nata (wee custard tarts) are rare birds. And so we're grateful that they've come home to roost at Alfama. And even more grateful for pão de Deus, the sweet coconut bun pictured above.


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M. Wells' Peach Cobbler Is, Like M. Wells Itself, Too Brief a Treat

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Rebecca Marx

Alas, M. Wells, our time together was so brief, yet so sweet. And quite literally so, thanks to such estimable desserts as the peach cobbler pictured above.


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Sugar Sweet Sunshine's Bountiful Banana Pudding

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Rebecca Marx

Sugar Sweet Sunshine is an old favorite of ours: Not only are its cupcakes far better than they need to be, it excels in its interpretations of many other members of the American dessert canon.


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