On a recent visit to Paris Baguette, I came across an interesting looking pastry simply called "tiramisu pastry." The funny part, and the aspect that made it interesting, is that it looks absolutely nothing like a tiramisu—or any other well-known pastry for that matter. As it turns out, it was the best tasting thing out of all the sweets I tried that day.
The heart of the Tiramisu Pastry ($2.50) is essentially a very well executed croissant, with plenty of buttery laminated dough layers. The top layers are laced with a small amount of sweet, delicious, mascarpone cream. The center of the pain au chocolat-shaped pastry is hollow, and the whole thing is encased in a thick layer of dark cocoa powder.
The result is a dessert that subtlety evokes tiramisu but is much, much lighter. And the combination of sweet mascarpone cream and croissant layers work perfectly, like custard in a good danish. The copious amounts of dark cocoa powder will not only please dark chocolate fans but also make you feel like you're eating a giant misshapen dark chocolate truffle. Enjoy!