If you're in the mood for a fancy pastry that's not built around chocolate, nuts, caramel, or berries, your options are limited. Enter Francois Payard's Pomme Verte ($7.25). This strikingly beautiful glossy green cake is all about apples.
The dominant feature of the cake is a tart-but-sweet apple mousse flavored like Granny Smith apples. Cut into the cake to find a tiny pocket of soft, cinnamon-coated apple bits with a fresh apple aroma. A ring of crunchy almond croquant (almond candy) surrounds the cake and adds a bit of crunch to the smooth, glassy exterior. Apple lovers: get on this.
About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of DessertBuzz.com his photographs of desserts and pastry chefs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Dessert Professional Magazine. He is an unabashed foodie nerdling. Follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.