Fruits as Sweet as Can Be

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July 28, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim | Photos by: Leah Friel

Patisserie La Palme D’Or has quickly become a treasure chest for those who like to indulge their sweet tooth. It’s hard to resist when its glass case of sugary confections tastes just as good as it looks.

Right in time for summer, executive chef Akiko Kimura has recreated some seasonal fruity favorites.

“I like to use fresh fruits to top off the desserts,” she says.

Of course, summer in Hawaii wouldn’t be quite the same without man-goes. The mango-themed desserts La Palme is serving are made with locally grown, 100 percent organic mangoes, straight from a customer’s back yard.

Triple Mango ($4.40) features three harmonious layers of different textures all made with mango. The first is a mango mousse, followed by a mango jelly and topped with fresh cut mangoes and a dollop of cream.

Another mango option is Mango Tarte ($4.25). A tart shell on the bottom is filled with almond cream. It is then baked and topped with fresh mangoes.

Sweet Cherry Tarte ($4.45) is similar to the Mango Tarte, but instead utilizes fresh American cherries. Before the tart is baked, Kimura adds a cherry in the middle and cherries also circle a mound of vanilla creme, which is topped with a thin circle of chocolate.

For something with lighter flavors end with Kimura’s favorite, Melon Cup ($3.80).

“I think most people like honeydew,” says Kimura.

It is made with refreshing flavors of fresh melon and almond milk mousse.

The mousse is something Kimura creates herself, blending the skin of fresh almonds with milk, which eventually becomes the mousse. The cup is also filled with vanilla sponge cake and topped with jelly that has a hint of lemon and orange, and chunks of honeydew melons.

You’re not going to want to wait until you have a craving to satisfy to make a visit to La Palme, as these are seasonal items.

Here’s a tip: pay a visit to La Palme and order all four before they’re no longer available. Share them (or not) and enjoy.

Patisserie La Palme D’Or

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
941-6161
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

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