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‘Tis the (early) season for specials

A La Carte

July 28, 2019

Story By: Brandon Bosworth |

Mascarpone and Hawaiian Coffee Gateau ($6.25)

Stollen is a nutty fruit-cake that has been a German Christmas tradition for more than 500 years. However, you don’t have to plan a winter trip to Germany to experience this delightful concoction. For a limited time, you can experience it by paying a visit to Fendu Boulangerie in Manoa Marketplace.

As a “Christmas in July” special, Fendu is offering its holiday Stollen Bread ($25 per loaf). Chef and owner Niel Koep’s creation incorporates French influences to create a new, modern take on the German classic. It’s a bit lighter and not quite as dense as the original, somewhat resembling a sweet bread. Wheat flour, whole milk, yeast, salt, almond paste, eggs, butter, vanilla, almonds, pecans, walnuts, candied fruit, raisins and lemon zest come together in a melange of flavors that blends a lot of sweet with a little bit of tart.

Fendu Stollen Bread ($25)

The creative culinary combining of cultural influences can also be seen in Fendu’s new Matcha Green Tea and Caramel Pavé ($6.25). Pavé means “stepping stone” in French, and often refers to small, square cakes. And that is exactly what the Fendu Matcha Green Tea and Caramel Pavé is. France and Japan come together in a delightful dessert blending green tea chiffon cake with a matcha mousse and a layer of caramel.

Matcha Green Tea and Caramel Pave ($6.25)

CROSS-CULTURAL CONCOCTION

Fendu is a European-style boulangerie that makes its home in Hawaii, and that is reflected in the menu. For example, the new Mascarpone and Hawaiian Coffee Gateau ($6.25). A rich cake is combined with local coffee and topped with a sweet cream cheese for a decadent treat blending the flavors of France, Italy and Hawaii.

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