Haaa… The Saint-Honoré… What an irresistible dessert! Both indulging and sophisticated, this iconic pastry delights children and adults. Pastry chefs are not tired of revisiting this major Parisian gastronomy classic in sometimes completely unexpected versions. But do you know its origins?
As lovers of the French capital city, the first thing we can proudly say about this delicious pastry is that it is a Parisian creation. But who has invented it then? According to Pierre Lacam and Antoine Charabot, the Saint-Honoré was born circa 1847 at Maison Chiboust that used to stand in rue… Saint-Honoré. But this is not the only reason why it is named like so! It is also a tribute to Saint-Honoré, Bishop of Amiens and patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.
The pastry is inspired by a Bordeaux dessert called “Flan Suisse”. First of all, it is based on a disc of puff pastry, sweet shortcrust pastry or pie crust topped with several cream puffs covered in a crunchy layer of caramel, placed on the disc with the middle covered in whipped cream or Chiboust cream. Now, pastry chefs have taken over the recipe and have brought many variations so you can now enjoy Saint-Honoré cakes with many flavors to indulge sweet-toothed foodies even more.