Chausson aux pommes aren't found too easily in the city, but Balthazar Bakery makes an incredible one ($4.25), a ridiculously buttery yet texturally light and flaky wonder. Tender apples, just saucy enough and sweet with a suggestion of cinnamon. It's quite large in size, almost enough to share, but you won't have issues devouring this on your own. Come early enough in the mornings and you might score the Apricot Over Easy ($3). It's made with the same puff pastry base as the chausson aux pommes, but is served open-faced with a spoonful of pastry cream in the center and sweet, meaty apricots. Each satisyfing in their own way: the Chausson aux Pommes a well-executed classic and the Apricot Over Easy, a less serious, but equally delicious breakfast pastry.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.