No, that’s not just the Reader’s opinion; it’s the name of the Polish-influenced bakery up on Lawrence and Austin, where chef/owner Dobra Bielinski churns out classic Eastern and Central European confections with American sensibilities. Alan Mammoser’s piece on Delightful Pastries has more than its share of highlights. First of all, Bielinski has a Master’s degree in foreign policy and decided to get into baking after spending a year at the Sorbonne. That’s awesome! Second, the baked goods have less sugar than is normal in America, but more filling (fruit, cheese, etc.) than is normal in Europe - finally, someone paid attention to what is right in the world! Third, the stuff is way boozy: an ambassador tart is made with 95-proof grain alcohol, and the mocha butter cream, which goes on sponge cake, uses a liter of alcohol for every two dozen slices. And if that’s not enough, we’ll have the menu for you on Monday; something to look forward to.
The Polish Patisserie [Reader]