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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

Sweets in the heartland at Ciel Patisserie

Ciel Patisserie offers tasty and affordable pastries and sweets such as Brownies.
January 3, 2013
By: Tan Hsueh Yun
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Sweets in the heartland at Ciel Patisserie

These days, pastry shops think nothing of charging $8 or $9 for a slice of cake, which some of us find pretty hard to choke down.

But there are patisseries in the heartland that offer deliciousness on a budget.

Take Ciel Patisserie, which is worth seeking out in Hougang Avenue 1. The prices are friendly, with the most expensive cakes being the Opera and Ispahan, both $5.80 for a single serve.

Baker Chara Lum, 22, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and Paris, opened her shop in September. She makes some lovely treats.

My favourite has to be Sel ($4.80), shortbread topped with dark chocolate ganache. It is the salt in the sable Bresson base that makes this special. There is more than a hint of it and it is beautiful with the smooth, dark chocolate.

Fuji ($5.20) is another good one, much lighter than Sel, for those who don't like rich desserts.

The green tea cake base is topped with lychee jelly and a light matcha mousse. The lychee is somewhat lost in all that tea, but where other people might hold back on intensity, Ms Lum embraces the intense flavour of the matcha, making this a dessert those who don't have a sweet tooth will appreciate.

Another option for those who want dessert but prefer not to get strung out on too much sugar is Satine ($4.80), a luscious cheesecake that manages to be not too rich or cloying.

If Caramel Madeleines ($2 for three) are available, get them because they are moist and scrumptious. The hint of salt in the almost burnt sugar gives them a bit of an edge.

Brownies ($3 a piece) are a good balance of fudgy and cakey, although I wish she would make them less sweet.

Lest you think Ciel is just about sweets, there is also quiche available. Try the Ham ($3.20 a slice), scented with basil and oregano. It is good.

The cafe, with eight seats inside and six outside, looks as stylish as any in Orchard Road.

But the prices are what will make you smile.

As Ms Lum says: "My main aim is to give good cakes at a good price."

Who can argue with that?

Ciel Patisserie

Add: Block 124 Hougang Avenue 1, 01-1444
Tel: 6383-0803
Open: 11am to 8pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays), 11am to 9pm (Fridays and Saturdays), 3 to 9pm (Sundays), closed on Mondays


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