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Andrea Tortora so good #29

Alsatian Kouglof perfumed with Grand Marnier and vanilla by Andrea Tortora

Alsatian Kouglof perfumed with Grand Marnier and vanilla by Andrea Tortora

Andrea Tortora, international consultant who is always attentive to the latest trends and promoter of his own online pastry sales brand, AT Patissier, focuses his activity on the great fermented doughs and gives them his personal touch with original creations such as the PandUovo for Easter.

Tradition is the main source of knowledge and inspiration for this Italian pastry chef. The key, as he explains, is that ‘discovering consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one else has thought’. In So Good #29, Tortora presents sweets with decades of history that have been reinvented with some new aspects. Desserts such as the Kouglof, a regional specialty with centuries of history, in which Alsatian sourdough is used and enriched with Grand Marnier and Vanilla Bourbon.

“Kouglof is an Alsatian sourdough, a kind of regional brioche perfumed with rum or kirsch, enriched with raisins and decorated with whole almonds on top. There are also savory variants with walnuts and bacon. It is a typical sweet of the holidays and its format reminds us of the turban of the Magi. According to tradition, the Magi had stayed in Ribauvillé and in gratitude for their hospitality, a local resident would have prepared a sweet in the shape of the turban. The legend sometimes refers to a local pastry chef who then gave away the recipe, and sometimes to a potter who recreated the famous mold. What is certain, beyond legends, is that the kouglof is linked to its mold. And it is even more certain that in the past, the shape distinguished each product: recipe and mold shared the same name. Made of copper or, in the past, of enameled earthenware, this mold spread widely throughout central Europe, from Poland to Austria, from southern Germany to Alsace, as early as the 18th century”, explica. “I especially like the fact that it is a dessert born in Austria and then spread to Alsace and France. At the St Hubertus, it could not be missing from the breakfast buffet. Its mold makes it unique, in a case somewhat similar to the pandoro”.


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