Yup it's that time of year again. Time to trim some subcutaneous fat in time for beach season! Unfortunately this limits me to only one treat per week and being the sugar fiend that I am, I usually gravitate towards dessert rather than an interesting food post :(. That's not to say my favorite dessert stop in San Diego is boring, of course.
Let's take a look at some things I've been munching on at Eclipse Chocolat after dinner. Sorry for bad pictures. Lighting is not ideal at night and I didn't feel like lugging my tripod around. This leaves us with shallow DoFs, as you will see!
How very appropriate for winter! These hearty items really warm you up. Will's bread puddings are real moist and still able to be fluffy and thick at the same time. How?! This guy sure is good. As always, flavors of the various ingredients are alive on the palate instead of getting drowned and suppressed by sugar like in other establishments. I hope some of you had a chance to taste this dessert platter. Ranks as one of my top 3 since I started visiting Eclipse. If you did miss it, fret not! The Spring Platter (see below) features another of Will's awesome puddin's.
Butterscotch-Macadamia Pudding with Cocoa Nibs
whipped cream pudding+toasted macadamia nut+cocoa nibs+butterscotch sauce
Roasted Banana Bread Pudding with Dark Chocolate Sauce
custard-soaked bread pudding studded with roasted bananas+72% dark chocolate sauce
Frozen Plombiere with Cherry-Peppercorn Compote
cocoa-infused frozen plombiere+warmed cherry-pink peppercorn compote
The carrot gateaux is hands down the best item in the Spring Dessert Platter. Tastes of vanilla, almonds, and white chocolate with a carrotcake backbone. Crispy exterior, moist/fluffy interior. I couldn't get enough of this. I'd say this is one of the best desserts Will has made. Both puddings were fantastic. I've never been let down by the dessert-in-a-cup featured in every dessert platter. The bread pudding is perfect as usual. If you missed out on the winter tasting platter, here is your chance to "catch up" and admire Will's puddin'-makin' skills. I'm not too big a fan of plombiere, but this one is pretty good. Cherry-peppercorn compote is a great addition, but sometimes crunching on more than one peppercorn can get a wee bit intense for a light/delicate dessert like this.
When I saw these featured on the Eclipse blog, I hightailed it over to El Cajon as soon as I could. They're really fluffy and the sugar + cream cheese frosting balance out the cinnamon's kick perfectly. Other cinna-rolls I've had usually just smack my tongue around with overwhelming sweetness. My only beef is that sometimes I wish my cinna-roll had more cream cheese frosting drizzled on top. Kinda like how these look, just not as drenched :P I usually take these to-go since I get to briefly nuke it in a microwave. Lemme tell ya, it is one helluva treat. Swing by and pick some up if you're ever in the area.
As for upcoming events at Eclipse:
Truffle, Wine, and Cheese Tasting - 4/8 7-8pm $20/person.
Oaxacan Feast - 3/25 $25/person
Mother's Day Brunch
Hot damn I love this dessert cafe...
2121 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104