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Croquembouche

Posted by LaRenaissance on Apr 20, 2010 in Featured Item

CroqemboucheCroquembouche, a traditional French dessert composed of profiteroles and decorated with wispy threads of spun sugar, is often seen at Christmastime, but can be used to mark a celebration at any time of the year, including weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, bar and bat mitzvahs and first communions.

At La Renaissance, we begin by baking our own choux, and then filling each one by hand with pastry cream. The cream puffs are then artfully arranged as an impressive, towering confection, held together by caramel and decorated with sugared almonds, custom messages, festive ribbons–whatever you might wish for!

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CUSTOM CAKE: A Christening

Posted by LaRenaissance on Apr 13, 2010 in Featured Item

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Custom cakes are our specialty. Shown here is a simple but elegant and delicious custom cake we created for a baby’s christening. Have an idea for a cake you’d like to have created for a special occasion? Whether it’s a wedding, a bar or bat mitzvah, an anniversary, a birthday, or any other occasion, the experts at La Renaissance will help you with all the details, from special fillings to custom shapes and sizes. Visit the custom cake image gallery on our web site for more inspiration…

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White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Posted by LaRenaissance on Apr 9, 2010 in Featured Item

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La Renaissance is known for our traditional French pastries and custom cakes, but did you know that we also make our own bread pudding? We start with our own challah bread, and blend it with a traditional custard made of fresh eggs, cream, milk, sugar and vanilla. Then, after adding a good measure of melted imported white chocolate, we bake it all together and add one last drizzle of glaze while it’s still hot from the oven.

Served in individual portions, our white chocolate bread pudding is the perfect not-so-sweet dessert for when you want a little “something something” after your meal, but don’t want to get too fancy. It also makes a great brunch item!

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Focus on French Cinema

Posted by LaRenaissance on Mar 24, 2010 in Announcements, Community

FocusOnFrenchCinemaLa Renaissance Patisserie is proud to be a participating sponsor of the sixth annual Focus on French Cinema at the Performing Arts center at Purchase College, NY. The festival, which runs from April 9-11, 2010, is a unique cultural event that features newly released French language films from top studios in France, Belgium, Quebec and Africa. It offers a unique opportunity to meet with French directors and actors, and showcases the amazing diversity of French and Francophone cultures.

La Renaissance desserts will be featured at the Festival’s April 9th opening gala.

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Our Passover Menu

Posted by LaRenaissance on Mar 19, 2010 in Holiday Menus

FLourlessCakesClick here to download a full size PDF of our Passover menu. Place your order for one of our flourless chocolate cakes, including strawberry shortcake, chocolate ganache or our award-winning La Renaissance cake.

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Hand-iced Easter Cookies

Posted by LaRenaissance on Mar 17, 2010 in Featured Item, Holiday

EasterCookiesOffered individually, by the pound or as a gift tray, our hand-decorated cookies are both festive and delicious. For Easter, we feature seasonal shapes, including tulips, eggs, baby chicks and bunnies. These delicate and beautiful morsels are made with a traditional French butter cookie recipe, and each cookie is individually iced, by hand.

Drop in to visit us at La Renaissance to pick up some special Easter cookies for your family or as a gift for friends or co-workers. Download a full-size PDF of our Easter menu here.

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Parisian Macarons

Posted by LaRenaissance on Mar 10, 2010 in Featured Item

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When most Americans hear the word “macaroon,” they think of a soft cookie made of flaked coconut that holds its shape with the help of a bit of sweetened meringue, and is then dipped in chocolate. French Macarons, while sharing some similar characteristics to this coconut confection, are quite different, and quite extraordinary.

A French macaron has a glossy, domed top with a ruffled edge and flat bottom. Crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside, they are made with only three ingredients: ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. The recipe has roots back in the 16th century, when Catherine de Medici brought it to France from Italy.

The modern interpretation of the macaron was developed in 1930, by Pierre Desfontaines of Laudurée, a famous luxury patisserie in Paris where it is said that 15,000 macarons are sold each day. It was Desfontaines who came up with the idea of sandwiching two cookies together with a creamy ganache filling.

The making of French macarons is notoriously challenging, and for this reason, they remain a rare find in the US. La Renaissance is proud to offer a variety of freshly baked macarons including chocolate, coffee, pistachio, almond, vanilla, strawberry, and lemon. Drop by sometime to give them a try or pick some up as a thoughtful and unique gift.

3/15 UPDATE: We just learned that Saturday, March 20 will be the first annual “Macaron Day” in NYC. Read about it here. In honor of this American version of France’s Jour de Macaron, La Renaissance will be giving away a free macaron to each customer this coming Saturday.

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Our Easter Menu is Here!

Posted by LaRenaissance on Mar 9, 2010 in Holiday Menus

Easter is Sunday, April 4. Celebrate this special day with ease by placing an order with La Renaissance Patisserie. Download a full-size PDF of our Easter Menu here, featuring trays of hand-iced Easter cookies (bunnies! tulips! chicks!), egg-shaped cakes, mousse bowls and more.

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Passover 2010 Menu is here!

Posted by LaRenaissance on Mar 2, 2010 in Holiday Menus
Our Award-winning La Renaissance Cake

Our Award-winning La Renaissance Cake

Passover begins at sundown on Monday, March 29, and runs through April 5. Be sure to view our special Passover menu and place an order for your favorite holiday treats, like flourless cakes, Parisian macarons and mousse bowls.

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Place Your Orders for Heart-Shaped Cakes

Posted by LaRenaissance on Feb 9, 2010 in Holiday

valentine-2010You still have 4 days to place your order for one of our Valentine’s Day “cakes for two.” These heart-shaped cakes and tarts are available in many of our most popular flavors, including fruit tarts, chocolate ganache, creme brulee tarts, our award-winning Renaissance cake and many more.

Call us at (914) 472-0702 to place your order.

When you pick up your cake, don’t forget to ask about our heart-shaped cookies, Valentine’s cupcakes, freshly dipped semi-sweet and white chocolate-covered strawberries or our hand-made gourmet truffles. They all make great gifts!

Heart-shaped cakes and chocolate-covered strawberries will be available for pick-up on Saturday, February 13, 8am – 6pm, and Sunday, February 14, 8am – 1pm. The full menu is available for download here.

Valentines cookies, cupcakes and hand-dipped truffles are available everyday until February 14.

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