I came across this store because of Gossip Girl.
I was watching Gossip Girl one night. I don’t even remember which episode it was, all I can remember is watching Blair eating one after another macaroon throughout the whole episode. Watching her eating those colorful little French almond cookies made me drooled and started to crave for one. I immediately looked for dessert places in the area through Google search and found Stella’s Bakery website after a few search. Their desserts look so good on the website and the actual ones taste good too. Stella’s Bakery has become one of the top three of my favorite stores ever since my first visit.
So, this is how Stella’s Bakery looks.
From Top to Bottom: 1) Outside the store; 2) Outside the store; 3) Inside the store
There are a few tables and chairs available both inside and outside the store. You can choose to enjoy your dessert right there with a cup of coffee (Yes, they sell coffee there too!) or some other places that you like.
Stella’s Bakery provides a large variety of dessert; they have different kinds of pastry, tarts, cakes, breads and cookies available. No matter how picky you are, I’m sure you can find something that interests you there.
From Top to Bottom: 1) Different tarts and pies; 2) Assorted chocolates; 3) Butter cookies; 4) Cakes and more tarts; 5) More cookies
Here are what I got from my last visit:
Top: Fruit Tart Middle: Apple Tart Bottom: Raspberry/Chocolate Mousse Merengue
Fruit Tart: I think they did a good job making the custard. It is very smooth and have a good vanilla scent but not too sweet. It matches with the fruits on top perfectly.
Apple Tart: This is one of my personal favorite. I like the way they include almond paste in the tart. The the taste of almond just make the whole tart taste more rich and yummy!
Raspberry/ Chocolate Mousse Merengue: This is the first time for me to try this. Merengue is a cookie like thing made of egg white and sugar. I find it a little too sweet when just eating the merengue alone but it’s tastes totally different when eating the whole thing altogether. The chocolate mousse is made of dark chocolate, not sweet and has a light taste of chocolate’s bitterness. The chocolate mousse helps to balance off the sweetness of the merengue when eaten together. The sourness of the raspberries also brings the same effect. The merengue, dark chocolate mousse and raspberries just form a perfect combination.
Here it comes my favorite — macaroons.
Stella’s macaroons have the exact texture that a good macaroon should has: A thin, crispy crust and a little chewy texture beneath the crust. Like other desserts, their macaroons also have a lot of different flavors: rosewater, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, lemon, orange, pistachio etc. I always have a problem deciding which flavors I want as all of them are just so tasty!
If you don’t know what to choose for your first visit to Stella’s Bakery, here are my recommendations:
- Macaroons – Remember to try the rosewater one. I know some people may think this is a weird flavor, but smell and taste of rose just add a little elegance to the French cookie and make it more tasty.
- Fruit Tart
- Italian Napoleon
- Apple Tart
Enjoy your visit!
Address: 11510 D Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852
Phone: (301) 231-9026