The chefs at La Pâtisserie by Oven-Fresh Delights satisfy sweet and savory cravings with a menu of handcrafted French-style pastries, sandwiches, and desserts. The Paris-Brest is a traditional dessert inspired by the Tour de France that fills a ring of pastry dough with rich hazelnut cream to resemble the tire of a bicycle or the donuts on strings used to train cyclists. A thick crust bookends raspberries suspended in whipped cream in the framboisier, and long prisms of succès praliné embed sweetened nuts in buttercream sandwiches. Letting influences from French kitchens shine through all the while, cooks stir pots of rich béchamel sauce and assemble croquet-madames, open-faced stacks of brioche, black-forest ham, and three types of cheese. Butter twists into savory dough for croissants, and from the oven drift scents that hint at spinach and leek quiches.
The bakers at LeeAnn's Cakes concoct thoroughly unique, made-to-order pastry and rich cake balls. A dozen cake balls in any combination of 12 flavors await to be devoured in a few bites each, making a neat addition to parties or games of edible billiards. Choose savory spheres in orange creamsicle, carrot cake, key lime, peanut-butter cup, thin mint, or other flavors, then impress guests by reading their fortunes from the crumbs.
As the calendar begins to creep up on the summer months, the snow at Frost Bites invokes island breezes rather than polar gales. The shop’s staff shears man-made icebergs to make its signature Hawaiian shaved ice, a refreshing dessert named after the frozen bridge that allowed primeval man to migrate to the islands. Tall glass bottles brim with more than 50 choices of flavored syrup, which range from sweet strawberry cheesecake to tart Granny-Smith apple and pink lemonade. Add-ons such as caramel, chocolate, and cream complement the ice’s fluffiness with their creamy, gooey textures.
It was a fateful night in January 1999 when the bellies of college sophomores Leon and Tiffany started to rumble. The two UT Austin students convened at Leon's apartment, where they whipped up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies in his oven. As they chewed on the warm, gooey fruits of their labor, the pair was struck by the idea to sell these freshly baked cookies to their fellow students. They began delivering treats to their peers during evening study breaks before expanding their customer base to include parents and Austin residents, all the while renting the back kitchen of a local restaurant to accommodate the growing demand.
Fifteen years later, the indulgent lure of Tiff's Treats has helped Leon and Tiffany open 13 locations throughout Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Within these bakeries, kitchen crews sculpt fresh dough into 10 types of cookies, supplementing the gooey morsels with decadent brownies and signature Tiffwiches?vanilla Blue Bell ice cream sandwiched between two warm cookies. Bakers hand-deliver batches every day, pulling them fresh from the oven instead of the overheated engine block of the delivery car.