A Pastry Delayed – Cossetta’s

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Welcome to another episode of ‘Lauren Eats Pastries.’ So glad you could join.

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In this episode, I will be eating several full-size pastries from St. Paul landmark, Cossetta’s. It’s a combination Italian eatery and grocery, recently remodeled to include a fine-dining restaurant and a pasticceria. Needless to say, ever since I found out about the promise of REAL LIVE ITALIAN PASTRIES so close to me, I have been pining to check it out. So I took the best lunch break ever with my best cousin and ate pizza and pastries.

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Ain’t she saweet? Cakes to break your heart.

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May I also present to you…the lobster tail.

I saw an episode of Cake Boss once that detailed the making of these monstrous flaky pastries, and I’ve craved one ever since. The dough is rolled out ultra-thin and then somehow wrapped together so the dough has these tiny little layers. I assume this is the same technique as used for sfogliatelle (which Cossetta’s also had). The difference is that sfogliatelle are filled with a sort of hardened citrus filling, while lobster tails are stuffed full of a vanilla pastry cream. So much cream. Cream dreams come true.

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I also decided on this trip that I will never need to eat a cannoli again. So there. I said it. The shells are always chewy and the filling is never sweet or flavorful enough. Maybe that is the point? But I just find them boring.

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While the presentation of the mango mousse was interesting (if a little sloppy with the fruit), I felt it was a little dry. The mod joconde was the coolest part., and the center jelly was intensely mango.

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The pastries I sampled at Cossetta’s were the closest thing to authentic Italian pastries I’ve had in the States, easily. Despite the fact that I tried lobster tail, the name of which decries its inauthentic origins, the tiramisu was as good as I’ve had. And you guys. The lobster tail.

Goodnight,

L

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2 Responses to “A Pastry Delayed – Cossetta’s”


  1. 1 Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat December 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

    The pastries are pieces of art. I don’t know if I could eat them. Then again, I’m sure I could get past that. They look fantastic.

  2. 2 Bethany B. December 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    This is so smiley.


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