Pastry Blog & News
Chocolate is currently very much in fashion with a wide variety of initiatives springing up that are dedicated to this ingredient. One example is the Belgian Chocolate Village, a curated museum of 900 square metres, housed in an old chocolate factory.
How to fuse creativity, elegance, Christmas, architecture and chocolate? You can find the answer in the excellent collection that Nicolas Cloiseau, pastry che at La Maison du Chocolat, has prepared for this festive season.
The typical specialities of French ice cream making have always forged their own identity at the margins of the omnipresent Italian tradition. Currently, the French tradition also relies upon the work of some French pastry chefs, members of the International Association, Relais Desserts, who have taken it upon themselves to update some of the French ice cream classics. Ice cream domes, vacherin, ice pops and ice cream sandwiches French style, and macaroon flakes, are all among the new creations available.
Mochi and churro mass are the new travelling companions for ice cream in a range of original presentation formats in New York and Los Angeles. The Mochi ice cream of Mochidoki and the churro ice cream sandwiches of Churro Borough are two of the products which have attracted most media attention in the last few weeks in the U.S.A.
Three well-known ice cream makers with very different approaches are currently in France, due to the launch of their books, which feature their favourite recipes and their style of working. With the intention of creating a brand, the three books were brought together for publication: the emerging talents in Parisian ice cream making such as Glaces Glazed and It Mylk, alongside the renowned La Martinière, from l’île de Ré.
Pastry cooking is all the rage in France, as evidenced by the imminent launch of the second season of the TV pastry competition of high standing. Ten professional pastry chefs will compete for glory to become the “Next Great Pastry Chef”, under the watchful gaze of Philippe Urraca, Christophe Adam, Pierre Marcolini and Christophe Michalak.
“The Art of French Pastry” written by Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer with Martha Rose Shulman won the James Beard Foundation Book Award 2014 in the Baking and Dessert category. Each of them received an engraved medallion, considered the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in North America.
Working with local suppliers is in the DNA of the patisserie, Es Koyama. For them, local production for local consumption is best practice. The new range of ice creams of Susumu Koyama was born out of this philosophy, with classic flavourings and products of the highest quality.
L’Eclair de Génie in Paris is about to put on sale five new varieties of the latest and freshest creations of chef Adam.
“La Pâtisserie des Rêves” opens its first shop in the British capital. They have thought long and hard about every detail, including having its own workshop, in which they will create all kinds of pastry as well as the Parisian chef’s version of a few British classics.