The notion of street food has gained in popularity in recent years. I suspect, though, that the term refers to inexpensive food that can be eaten on the go, rather than to a delicious French pear tart.
The tarte aux poires Bourdaloue is named after the Rue Bourdaloue in Paris.
The street itself took its name from a 17th century Jesuit, Louis Bourdaloue. The tart, however, is thought to be named after a patisserie that once stood on the street.
It combines poached pears and almond cream in a sweet, crisp pastry. It’s another recipe taken from Michel Roux Jr’s first-rate cookbook, The French Kitchen.
My partner made it on Sunday and we served it to friends.
Rue Bourdaloue is in Paris’ ninth arrondissement. The area is perhaps best known as home to the Paris Opera, Boulevard Haussmann and large department stores such as Galeries Lafayette.
Based on what I tasted, Rue Bourdaloue must be due to be added to the list of local attractions. Toute sweet.