The tarte tropézienne is a pastry with a breezy little name and a long story to back it up. Created by Alexandre Micka for the first time in 1955, the pastry debuted — not surprisingly — in the streets of Saint Tropez.
Now, visitors to Paris can try this beach-inspired treat for themselves at a new establishment dedicated to the dessert. Those staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens are in the perfect spot to stop by the shop called La Tarte Tropézienne, with a new location in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
Although the dessert utilizes the classic French pastry components of brioche and cream, it is known for being a specialty only of the Saint Tropez area. It first rose to fame thanks to the film And God Created Woman, which was filmed in Saint Tropez. During the shooting of the movie, it was actress Brigitte Bardot who suggested the newly created pastry be called 'la tarte de Saint-Tropez,' and it was indeed a slightly altered form of this suggested that would be adopted for the dessert.
The trick to making the perfect tarte tropézienne is a well-guarded secret, but one thing is for sure: when it comes to making this pastry the traditional methods are a must. As a result, its fabrication requires the use of a copper cauldron and several days of baking. Any fan of pastries, or even just the curious traveller, should not hesitate to go to 3 Rue de Montfaucon in the 6th arrondissement to try this famous tart.