by Benjamin Greenberg
In another close “Would You Rather” the readers said they would rather enjoy some french pastries at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie than having some Scandinavian treats at Kringla Bakeri Og Café. While this week the results were very close, both World Showcase Bakeries have their merits that make them unique and special dining experiences. As Lou always says, the best way to learn about another culture is through their food, and in my book, the most fun way to learn about another culture is through their desserts!
At Kringla Bakeri Og Café the iconic dish that everyone must try is the school bread. The School Bread is a puffed pastry that is shaped like a pastry, filled with sweet vanilla custard and topped with coconut shavings and a little extra vanilla custard. Kringla also sells traditional Norwegian Lefse, a type of potato bread with butter and cinnamon sugar. Norwegian Club and Ham and Apple Sandwiches also remain popular as you get to try Norwegian Muenster and Jarlsberg cheese. My personal favorite snack at Kringla has always been what has recently been renamed the “Troll Horn”. Originally known as a Cloudberry horn, a change in the filling from cloudberries to lingonberries, led to the new name. Disney fanatics must not fear though as the new Troll Horns are just as delicious as the old Cloudberry Horns, and offer the same unique tasting experience by letting you try a filling that is made with a native Norwegian berry. The Troll horn is a cone shaped puffed pastry filled with lingonberry custard icing and lined with sugar crystals along the outside of the cone. Two of my readers, Yaelle and Catherine, both emphasized that they preferred Kringla because the pastries that you can experience at Kringla Bakeri Og Café are unique to Epcot and the World Showcase. It is much easier to find bakeries that sell French Éclairs and Napoleons compared to something as authentic as Kringla’s School Bread.
At Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie some featured entrée choices include Croissant Jambon Fromage (Ham and Cheese croissant), Croque Monsieur (toasted ham and cheese sandwich), Quiche Florentine, and Quiche Lorraine. You can also try an imported cheese platter or a traditional French Baguette. However the signature dishes at Boulangerie Patisserie remain the selection of French pastries. The two most popular pastries remain the creamy vanilla flaky napoleon pastry and the vanilla or chocolate cream filled éclairs. While I will always miss the now extinct massive cream puffs that were in the old patisserie, the new strawberry, lemon, chocolate, and apple tarts are a welcome addition. Readers Jody and Anne mentioned that the recent refurbishment and expanded menu help bring you the feeling of a true Parisian Café and allow for some delicious treats that make it a must do during every trip to Epcot.
Are you a fan of the recent refurbishment at the Boulangerie Patisserie? Are any of the new additions a new favorite? Are there any treats you miss from prior the refurbishment?
In this upcoming weeks this post we will take a short one week break from the Would You Rather series and I will give a short season recap from Cornell’s Sprint Football Team and discuss my current Dream Team fundraising efforts!
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Benjamin Greenberg is a sophomore at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, who is passionate about Walt Disney World, the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar. He is proud to play offensive line for the Cornell University Sprint Football team and is the recorder for Sigma Nu Gamma Theta Chapter.