This last week various treats have emerged from my kitchen for scoffing: peach ice-cream, berry jelly and oat crumble dessert cups, an orange and rum fruitcake-cake anglais, which I’m taking climbing with me this weekend, and some not-quite-as healthy but heavenly la Fondante mini genoise sponges with kirsch crème mousseline.
French pâtisserie reality shows
I was inspired to make la Fondante after a week of watching the French reality show: Qui Sera le Prochain Grand Pâtissier ? (Who will be the next great pastry chef?). It’s jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring stuff from the competing pâtissiers. There are some links to youtube exerpts on lili’s cakes’ facebook page. Otherwise go straight to You Tube to view Seasons 1 to 3. Even if you don’t understand French well or would hesitate to recreate the more complex cakes, I think you’ll enjoy the show.
The four judges are at the vanguard of new pâtisserie trends in France: Christophe Michalak, Christophe Adam, Pierre Marcolini and the President of the MOFs in pâtisserie, Philippe Urraca. I’ll explain MOFs another time. Er… not wanting to seem frivolous but some of the judges and new pâtissiers are not only charming and enthusiastic but also quite easy on the eye … Ahem.
Then if you’d prefer the French equivalent to the Great British Bake Off with some personable homebakers there’s le Meilleur Pâtissier with Cyril Lignac and Mercotte (very like Mary Berry!). Also very enjoyable to watch and you’ll see some great tarts in the first episode of Series one, some charlottes in episode 2 and the usual sprinkling of disasters.Yes, life goes on as does cake production. Hoping you’ve enjoyed your little visit here and will be inspired to explore the world of pâtisserie further. There’s some amazing stuff out there but next week I’m hoping to make a pâtisserie classic that takes less than half an hour to prepare. Just to reassure myself and you that pâtisserie doesn’t always equal 3 hours of fun in the kitchen! 🙂
Farewell for now sweet reader and I wish you a week full of eye candy or pâtisserie. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of swooning when you see a cake. So happy drooling, baking and eating! 🙂 x