I had an opportunity to step into their kitchen and meet with the manager, Dimitri van Meerbeeck, to learn more about the bakery, the chefs, and the wonderful goods they produce. And not to mention, try some of their bestsellers.
The menu at Les Tartes de Francoise is split into two categories: Sweets and Quiches - and 3 sizes for each item - individual, small (4 to 5 people) and large (8 to 10 people).
Top selling sweets are the Belgian Cheesecake and Chocolate Mellow.
The Belgian Cheesecake is made with fromage blanc instead of cream cheese. The crust is made out of spéculoos, crushed shortbread cookies. These two ingredients are what make the cheesecake so delectable and airy. According to baker Ernesto Bolta, the hardest part of making the cheesecake is preparing the spéculoos. It took Bolta 6 months to perfect making the cheesecake.
The Chocolate Mellow is more like a mousse or soufflé made with Callebaut chocolate. Don't let appearances bother you. The cake crackled on top, but soft and savory in the middle.
Chocolate Praline Cake
Red fruit meringue
|Countryside Quiche - brie, spinach and tomato|
|Quiche Lorraine - bacon, ham, Swiss, Mozzarela|
|Assortment of mini quiche|
Monday to Friday - 10am to 6pm
Les Tartes de Francoise
623 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 246 0095
Fax: 212 246 0507