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Dec 09, 2018

The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time to splurge on some treats you normally would pass on as you try to stay fit. Think about it this way, so you have to spend a little more time at the gym over the holidays after enjoying one of these luscious pastries, but that is an extra hour you can be away from your in-laws, so it’s a win win.

Pastries are where it is at. These are treats that your average baker may not have the skill or patience to make. We can all roll out some chocolate chip cookies or a cake from a box, but sometimes we need an expert to construct us something special. Therefore, without further ado, here are five pastries you will want to try this holiday season.

Cake World Sweet Bread

Can we talk about smells for a minute? Just go to Cake World midmorning and breathe in the smells. You can smell all the bread and baking goodness. It is amazing, and worth your time, even if you don’t buy any of the succulent treats.

Of course, you are going to get a pastry and the one you want is the sweet bread. Cake World has all the Mexican pastries you know and love, concha, abrazo, orejas and more. You will want to get a variety, but the simple Pan Fino is our choice. A sweet bread with a slightly crunchy exterior and a soft interior that is chewy not unlike a traditional cinnamon roll.

This popular choice features a pink sugar paste that weaves through the dough and is made from sugar, vanilla, water, flour and shortening. The highlight is the sugared outside that brings another texture into play.

German Bread Bakery Apple Strudel

First off, the people at the German Bread Bakery are awesome. You will fall in love with them and their wonderful creations. Serving the Desert Shores and Summerlin area since 2011 this bakery specializes in traditional German breads and pastries. They even sell bags of pretzel crumbs to coat your schnitzel.

Schnitzel aside, you need to get the apple strudel here. A flakey crust with a sweet glaze packed with apples. The crust to apple ratio is perfect and they use both apple slices and cubed apples resulting in apple in every bite. Just eat it, you’ll thank us.

Kneaders Chocolate Mousse Dome

Chocoholics rejoice! This one is for you. Chocolate cake topped with a mound of imported Swiss chocolate mousse and covered with a rich dark chocolate ganache. Add a dollop of whip cream and some chocolate shavings and you are ready to reach chocolate nirvana.

Kneaders is an Orem, Utah import that began in 1997 and now has two Las Vegas locations. They pride themselves on old-world bread baking techniques. Sounds fancy, but really I just want more of the chocolate domes.

Seriously, if you can finish an entire dome you will need a nap. So save room during those holiday gatherings and then unveil these beauties to cap off the meal.

La Belle Terre — Pistachio Sponge Cake

Ok pack your bags for France people. La Belle Terre translates to the beautiful earth. Impressive name, but the pastries fit the bill.

All the French favorites make an appearance in the pastry case here from croissants to macarons and napoleons. Their bakers are always coming up with new treats, and we recommend the pistachio sponge cake.

A base of sponge cake with a vibrant green pistachio buttercream and layers of tempered dark chocolate. Add some pistachios for crunch and you have a perfect treat for a special occasion.

PublicUs — Raspberry Crossada

The recent food trend of the cronut, a croissant fused with a donut has had its time in the sun. Now I introduce you to the crossada! That is right we aren’t just marrying a croissant to a donut we are going to get the hook up with a malasada.

A malasada is a deep fried Portuguese donut that is more airy than its American cousin is. Combine it with the yeast-leavened buttery layers of a croissant and the mad scientists at PublicUs have created a masterpiece.

The crossada is a sugar-covered horn that has dense buttery layers once you crack the gloriously crispy outer shell. Just for good measure, PublicUs adds a tart raspberry jam to bring it to another level.

Amazingly instagrammable, the crossada also will not disappoint your taste buds.

-Jace Radke