Jules loves serving pastries to his guests, but he always has regrets when they cannot take any because of allergies. As Jules has the art of finding tasteful solutions, he has managed to track down a little place, quite new, to put a smile back on those who are gluten intolerant: it’s Helmut Newcake’s a “Delipâtisserie” which is both a rather stylish boutique and tearoom.
Jules met the owners there, Marie and François, barely thirty years old, married, both of whom studied at the same catering college before leaving for England for four years. Helmut Newcake is their triumphant return, their first project, the first completely gluten free patisserie in France! Marie is allergic to gluten, just as an estimated 1% of the population, but has been passionate right from her early childhood for pastries, and after stays at Lenôtre in particular, she has developed recipes, tested by her non-allergic husband, which are no doubt in competition with his distinguished colleagues. The idea succeeded, and they have made chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, and for Jules’ vintage side, old style profiteroles ‘religieuses’ and other delicious cakes with organic flour (rice, corn and potatoes) bringing more to the recipes a personal touch: for example replacing the butter cream in the “religieuse” with some meringue.
For Jules’ friends, Marie also prepares daily specials, either to eat in or to takeaway, which change from day to day: fried Saint-Jacques, pear and rice (8.50 €) or coconut lemongrass prawns (7.50 €)…
A small grocery section also offers dry goods (cereal, pasta, flour, buiscuits) gluten-free, and not found anywhere else in France.
With classic prices in the patisserie (1.40 € for cannelés, 3.50 € for financiers, up to 4 € for “religieuse” and from 15 to 35 € for large cakes) and above all a taste of paradise which makes Jules’ taste buds tingle, as well as those of his guests who suffer from allergies, Jules has without doubt found a delicious address!
Helmut Newcake, open Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 to 21.00
Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00, 36 rue Bichat, Paris 10ème Telephone 09 82 59 00 39