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Yann Duytsche’s Matcha tea and apricot ‘Pionono’ sweet snack

April 24, 2020
Yann Duytsche’s Matcha tea and apricot ‘Pionono’ sweet snack
Yann Duytsche
Green tea roulard sponge, egg cream, apricot coulis gelée


Yann Duytsche defines this product format as “eaten in two bites”, it’s not as small as a piece of confectionery nor as big as an individual cake.They are the protagonists of one of the days in One Week with Yann Duytsche, where the chef carries out an express stage of his gastronomic pastry shop, Dolç, in Sant Cugat (Barcelona). His successful products are due to their gourmand character, their originality, and their freshness, and a good example are these “piononos” inspired by the classic made in Granada (Spain) Casa Isla.

We were inspired by the delicious piononos at Patisserie Ysla, in Granada (Spain), whose founder, Ceferino Isla González, created them back in 1897. A delicacy that travels beyond its native Andalusia.

Our pionono has a matcha green tea sponge cake, the ‘roulard’, which is rolled over an apricot coulis gelée filling. The egg-based cream that covers the top of the roll is caramelized, thus giving an extra sweet touch to this creation.


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Sweet Green Tea ‘Pionono’ and Apricot Snack

Recipe for 40 units

Green tea roulard sponge

  • 260 g eggs
  • 70 g egg yolks
  • 155 g sugar
  • 45 g cake flour
  • 10 g corn starch
  • 25 g matcha green tea
  • 25 g milk
  • 25 g butter
  • 125 g egg whites
  • 55 g sugar

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk, whip the eggs, egg yolks and sugar while heating the mixture with a blowtorch. Heat the milk and butter together and lighten with some of the previous whipped mixture. Add the remaining egg mixture and then fold in the egg whites, previously whipped with the sugar. At the same time, combine the flour, corn starch and matcha tea and sift over the mixture. Cast onto a parchment paper sheet and bake at 200ºC for 13 minutes.

Egg creamYann Duytsche

  • 190 g sugar
  • 190 g eggs
  • 60 g butter
  • 15 g corn starch
  • 40 g lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients and boil for about two minutes. Rapidly cool down and reserve in the refrigerator or freezer.

Apricot coulis gelée

  • 450 g apricot purée
  • 45 g sugar
  • 7 g gelatin sheets

Heat some of the purée, add the sugar and hydrated gelatin. Mix and add the remaining purée. Process with a handheld blender and allow to gel in the refrigerator.


Spread all the apricot coulis gelée over the sponge cake sheet (60×40 cm). Roll from the narrowest part (40 cm) until the desired diameter is obtained (approximately 3 cm for small pastry). Cut the rolls to 3.5 cm high, pipe some egg cream on the top and caramelize with an electric iron. Garnish with some fresh apricot and brush with some neutral gelatin.

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