From flaky, award-winning pies and decadent flourless chocolate cakes to caramelized, custard-filled canelé and plump French macarons, there isn't a European-style, from-scratch treat at 4 Seasons Bakery (2012 Campus Drive; St. Charles; 314-288-9176) we've tried and didn't like. Husband-and-wife co-owners Agi and Aaron Groff met while learning the tricks of the trade at Culinary Institute of America, and the techniques acquired from their baking and pastry pedigrees are evident in each item's tactful execution.
Photos by Mabel Suen German cherry cheesecake.
When asked to choose one signature dessert, Agi Groff hesitates for a moment -- after all, how can a pastry chef play favorites with her own creations? -- and names a nostalgic sweet from her home country: käsekuchen, a German-style cheesecake.More »