Art on the Plate: PB Boulangerie Bistro
When you hear the words “French patisserie,” images of crusty breads, flaky pastries and mouthwatering desserts spring to mind, and PB Boulangerie’s Patisserie provides just that. If you’ve been dreaming of pursuing french bakeries and eating the best France has to offer, the good news is, you only have to drive to Wellfleet! Step into PB Boulangerie’s Patisserie line and be transported to a cozy chic Paris bakery, with rows of endless breads, pastries glowing behind glass cases, and the flakiest croissants this side of the Atlantic has to offer.
Pastry Chef Michel Bentz has been perfecting his craft since the age of 15. After receiving his pastry certificate and other accolades from Maison Portelada in France, he became a certified pastry chef at 17. He managed various bakeries in France before he wanted a change and moved to Cape Cod and PB Boulangerie. For the past few years, Bentz has been providing customers with the highest quality French patisseries.
Being a French pastry chef sounds idyllic and picturesque, but the reality is a little less lovely. In the summer, Bentz is up and working at PB, prepping the croissant pastry around midnight. But in the slower winter months, his schedule is a little more relaxed, so he arrives closer to 2 a.m. And the menu is always evolving as Bentz and his team create new pastries and breads for the changing seasons or if Bentz comes up with something new to create. Bentz says a new creation will usually take a little over a week or two from inception to putting it out for customers to try.
French pastries are known for their beauty and elegance, and Bentz’s creations are no different. But, Bentz believes the looks go beyond just how the pastries look in the case. “I think customers can see the love that goes into our pastry,” he says. That love and passion for pastry shines through in every confection created at PB Boulangerie. While the croissants are the most popular pastry, the Tarte au Citron cannot be missed, with its crumbly, butter crust and creamy, bright lemon curd filling, and the large macarons will brighten up any day. Bread choices range from classic baguettes to savory breads, like the bacon and cheese bread, to sweet breads, like the white chocolate bread.
Pictured above is the almond croissant filled with a frangipane and topped with toasted almonds. While croissant dough is used as a base for many pastries, classics like the plain, almond and chocolate croissant are consistent crowd pleasers.
“I love making people happy. When people see the pastries and they say, ‘Oh it’s so beautiful,’ it’s very nice to hear.”
15 Lecount Hollow Road, South Wellfleet
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