I work at Oleana! I got your email and saw the picture first and thought, hey! that looks like our…oh! it is! So glad you love Oleana so much. It’s even more fun to work there than dine there! Shoot me an email next time you’re in Boston. I’m going to update your reservation profile in our system :)
I, too, ADORE Oleana (and am lucky enough to live just an hour away). My partner and I dine there about every six weeks, making a reservation on our way out for our next date :) Sadly, they recently took these AMAZING profiteroles off the dessert menu. I pouted during my entire meal, as it was a fantastic dessert.Of course, they are all wonderful, but the profiteroles were truly special.
Tim! I live about a 15 minute walk from Oleana, love it as truly as you do, and cannot believe I missed this dessert. Maura Kilpatrick really is a pastry magician. You might enjoy also the sesame cashew bar at Sofra; it also has that amazing sesame cashew caramel combo but is less of a project: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/sesame-cashew-bar.html
Also, the next time you’re in the Boston area you might want to try Ana Sortun and former Oleana chef de cuisine Cassie de Piuma’s new restaurant, Sarma (although don’t miss the Oleana patio for it).
I have been waiting years for a Sofra cookbook! I’ve heard there is one in the works and keep hoping it will be out in the fall. (Sofra and anything from Fuchsia Dunlop are what I’m always on the lookout for.) The creativity at Sofra is exceptional. And I appreciate that Maura is so generous with recipes – each time I’ve emailed about one, I’ve received a reply.
These look amazing and still have a high Goodness-to-Work Ratio! Will definitely make these in the near future. I was so surprised to see your blog with profiteroles as I’m currently vacationing in Paris.
I first experience halva as a kid, as my mom loved bringing home new wonders from the supermarket. It tasted like nothing I had ever had and I’d eat it all in one sitting if I could ! So excited to see it in a recipe! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
I REALLY want to make these for an upcoming dinner party!! Do you have suggestions of where I could look (online) for the halvah? I have checked in a few specialty stores in Minneapolis, but no luck so far.
Hi Lindsay- Sure, it is widely available online. Even Amazon sells it. You’ll looking for plain or vanilla (as it is sometimes called) Halva. Otherwise, any Middle Eastern grocery store should carry it.