Tuesday 7 September 2010

The Best Strawberry Napoleon Ever:
Pâtisserie Zauner in Bad Ischl

The best Strawberry Napoleon ever:
Zauner's Erdbeer-Cremeschnitte

Mille-feuille aux fraises

Crème pâtissière and
strawberry flavoured crème en chantilly
cradled between two layers
of pâte feuilletée ridolent of fresh butter
and just the lightest touch of caramel - perfection!

Zauner's superb pâte feuilletée has nothing in common
with the puff pastry you'll find in the frozen section
of your supermarket,
and the cream filling is so light and fluffy,
yet so luscious that - once you have savoured it -
you'll dream of it for the rest of your life.

I am pondering right now if I can afford
to drive three hours to Bad Ischl
tomorrow morning to be there when the Napoleons
are marching fresh out of the pastry kitchen -
and >before< they run out! -
and then drive
three hours back to Vienna.

Did I mention that the strawberries
on top taste like the ripe berries you
found in your grandmother's strawberry patch,
sweet and full of flavour?


Photographed in April
Café-Pâtisserie Zauner
Bad Ischl
Upper Austria


Images and Text
© by Merisi


  1. Sorry for the re-posts -
    I am trying to be really good and study instead of playing with a new post.

    And then, I thought you have earned a moment to sit down and indulge in something sweet.

  2. Some mouth-watering sweets you have there, Merisi!

  3. Jelica,
    I don't know what I was thinking,
    what with torturing myself with this tantalizing piece of Heavenly Goodness. ;-)

  4. I have just finished my breakfast am wondering how long it would take me to get to that mouth watering treat as well. Let's see, if I leave now from Arizona well I should be there any minute.

  5. Dear Merisi, thank you so much!! now I know ... thanks!!
    By the way, a piece of that cake is what I really need today ( rainy outside, chilly uhmmm fall is coming!)
    Your pics are so "clean " to me...! great!

  6. That looks delicious :0)

  7. Toture for a sweet tooth, to look at these!

  8. diese Traumtorte kann man gar nicht oft genug sehen!!!! Ich werde immer an dich denken, wann immer ich sie irgendwo entdecke, sie ist dein Markenzeichen und was für ein wundervolles!

    lieber Gruß

  9. All these pastry posts you are posting are wicked :) They make me so hungry for dessert.

  10. Carissima Merisi.....

    MMhh....What would you suggest now:.. Actually I wanted to cook a fine lemon tea in company of two or three dry cookies.....
    This heavenly piece of delicate cake just would fit perfectly on my tea table......!

    WONDERFUL Photos, Cara!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

  11. Still looks like the most perfect confection ever invented. I do hope you are getting free Napoleons for life.

  12. Now I'm pondering a flight to Austria!

    The photos are so lovely....

  13. Now I'm pondering a flight to Austria!

    The photos are so lovely....

  14. That looks delicious! I don't need to taste it to dream of it.

  15. Ah, that will go with my cup of tea right now

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  16. Oh, I've enjoyed that Strawberry Napoleon all over again and am dreaming of how good the pastry layer must be.

  17. Merisi, may I report that I still have never found a strawberry napoleon, let alone one that might just measure up the the grand standard you have revealed?

    There really is something just a bit disheartening to live here in a place that considers itself an international city and to find that it seems that lately this place seems able to only champion cup cakes.

    If I took the time, and preheated the oven in my little apartment, I could bake splendid cupcakes to challenge any of the local commercial venues.

    I could never, never create a strawberry napoleon.

    Cheers! xo

  18. Mmmm that looks delicious. Your last photo, with the light on the water and the silver, is an absolute stunner!

  19. I might have to go somewhere wonderful tomorrow morning! Oh, that looks good.

  20. Thank you all for your wonderful comments!
    May there come a Strawberry Napoleon to your place soon!

    (Please remember, I am 200 miles away from one too!)

    Maybe you should writer to Zauner in Bad Ischl, they may consider opening a patisserie near you? One never knows ....

    it was not even my cup of coffee,
    I captured this image just as I was leaving.
    A lady sitting by the window, I could not resist and ask for permission to take a picture. She generously let me have it. ;-)

  21. 'Scrounch' and munch

  22. Paris Breakfasts,

    had to laugh about myself and the "not my cup of coffee" - of course it was my cup of coffee, i.e. an image I had to capture, even if the coffee was not mine (oh well, as my kids repeat again and again, "Not funny, mom!" - on the other hand, it is grey and cold and rainy out there, and I am in urgent need of comic relief).

  23. I think I would drive over to get the Napoleons, then stay overnight to get them again the following day, before returning to Vienna!!!

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  24. Yummy, yummy torture, Merisi. I wish I didn't have such a sweet tooth.


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