Fendu’s Handcrafted Masterpieces

Columns Jus' Desserts

May 19, 2013

Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Tucked away in Manoa Marketplace sits a bakery that has locals coming from all over the island.

Fendu Boulangerie has been praised for its wonderful breads and sandwiches, as well as the many pastries that sit behind glass cases. While the pastries might look too good to eat, you’ll definitely want to try one (or two, if your sweet tooth inspires you to do so).

Owner and chef Niel Koep is a master of sweet treats, and his Zucatto ($5.75) is a testament of that.

This island-style Italian dessert features fresh bananas boiled down with brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon, which makes the filling.

“The outer layer is a hazel-nut milk chocolate mousse,” Koep explains. “It’s kind of like a buttercream mousse, and the bottom layer is comprised of flourless chocolate cake with a dark chocolate cookie on the bottom.”

Each Zucatto is topped with a caramel gelee and a tinge of edible gold for culinary bling.

With so many flavors and textures, Fendu Boulangerie’s Zucatto will be a hit at any special occasion.

Lemon Strawberry Cremeux ($5.75) has a bottom layer made with a pistachio chocolate chunk sponge cake. The next layer is a strawberry cremeux (“creamy” in French) with a layer of vanilla chiffon and one more layer of lemon cremeux.

One bite will send an array of flavors across your taste buds.

Lilikoi Cheesecake ($4.50) is one of Fendu Boulangerie’s best-selling desserts.

“It’s the opposite of a New York Cheesecake,” Koep says. “It’s not dense, it’s very light.

“We blend cream cheese and mascarpone cheese, and we add lilikoi puree to it.”

The cheesecake is topped with lilikoi glaze, and the bottom layer consists of an almond crust.

Pastries at Fendu Boulangerie feature all-natural ingredients — no chemicals added — and Valrhona chocolate.

There are so many desserts to choose from at Fendu Boulangerie. Stop in and you’ll find a bunch that suit your palate.

Fendu Boulangerie

Manoa Marketplace
2752 Woodlawn Drive #511
988-4310
Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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