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Week (24) of cakes and some pâtisserie reality shows!

Cake news and fun

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.  Week 24 of cakes


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.

MIchalakThe 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.Cyril LignacYes, 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! 🙂

Fou de patisserie magazines

Fou de pâtisserie magazines

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

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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

10 thoughts on “Week (24) of cakes and some pâtisserie reality shows!”

  1. I enjoy watching French TV and movies. I always hope my comprehension gets better, and increase my French vocabulary, alas…it hasn’t happened yet! I like sweets too so I’m clicking over to YouTube to watch the show. The desserts look lovely. I love the color of the la Fondante mini genoise sponges with kirsch crème mousseline. Bet they wonderful too. Bon week-end!

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    • Thanks Deborah, just back from a great weekend climbing. Hope you had a good one too! And also hope you enjoyed the show on youtube – how was it? Vocab I learnt from it: c’est top (it’s the best!) and je suis bluffé/c’est bluffant (where bluffer means amaze I think!). Happy you like la Fondante cakes too… I do love them. Have a lovely week! 🙂

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      • C’est top was new to me too! I didn’t catch c’est bluffant. I’m on to episode 2 in season 3 next. Wonder if I’ll hear it? Glad you had a great week-end and made it home safely.

        I had a fun week-end too. Out with girlfriends on Sat. with our camera looking for wildlife, and hiking with He-Man on Sunday. Just over 4 miles logged with a 500ft elevation gain. Enough to make me stiff this morning and need my yoga stretches badly. 🙂

        Hope you have a lovely week too!

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      • Thank you! And wow, you’ve watched almost all the series! Sounds like you had a great and active weekend too, with lots of exercise! Nice 🙂


  2. Love this post and your desserts are always delicious. You’re so lucky to watch French TV…Actually, Christophe Michalak is my favorite. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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    • Thank you Linda! So happy you like the desserts. I’m not watching French TV directly but the shows uploaded on youtube so you could watch it too if you like… I think you’d love le Prochain Grand Patissier. You’d see the wonderful Michalak in action (though he’s actually a little more critical and demanding this year in the series). Have a great week! 🙂


    • You’re very welcome and thank you Naina for making me laugh so much at your funny comment! 🙂 x


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