Layers of laminated croissant dough surround a center of aromatic and flavorful frangipane filling dotted with vanilla bean pulp and washed with rum.
But this isn't just an almond croissant in a funky new shape. The edges are well baked and crispy, almost like puff pastry. The result is a simple but successful little pastry that's something all its own.
If you're looking for something a little more festive, try Paris Baguette's Strawberry and Blueberry Yogurt Cake ($5.50). Soft golden cake layers combine with a light whipped cream and a thick, almost custard-like blueberry yogurt filing.
This cake is soft throughout and only mildly sweet. The fruit is fresh and the whipped cream seems as though it were just piped.
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.