Confession: I bought this Croissant Ispahan at Pierre Hermé this morning because I thought it was pretty.
Ispahan is a city in Iran. It’s also the name Pierre Hermé has given to a combination of flavors, a theme of rose, raspberry, and litchi on which several variations are based. There is the original, signature Ispahan, two large rose-flavored discs filled with rose cream, whole raspberries, and litchi, as well as an Ispahan macaron, a millefeuille, an ice cream, a sorbet, and a range of pâte de fruits.
The croissant is filled with rosy almond paste and a jammy raspberry and litchi compote. I was wary. Too much rose can taste soapy (always a risk with floral flavors). But it actually worked well with the raspberry and litchi, two fruits with plenty of their own perfume.
In other words, it was much more than just a pretty face.
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