Author: Aria

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Tarte Infiniment Vanille by Pierre Hermé

A great opportunity, a lovely woman, Pinella. Thanks to her and to Silikomart, the opportunity to attend Pierre Hermé Masterclass at Hangar 78 ……. So I decided to take part of the contest “Dolci d’autore” – Pierre Hermé of Pinella. I knew from the beginning which dessert to prepare: “Tarte Infiniment Vanille”, by the french magazine Fou de Ptisserie. Why this treat and not another one? Because I’ve always wanted to achieve it, and finally the right occasion has come. I spent a day thinking “how to” prepare it … and after thinking so much, I decided that I would respect the original shape of the dessert, using a part of the “Eclipse” mold (as expected). Simply because I feared that by modifying the shape and thickness of the cake, I would have in some way changed the balance that Hermé wanted to create with this wonderful tart. The best Idessert have ever eaten until now. If i should prepare it again, I would prepare it exactly the same way. Thank you Pinella.

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Melba

The famous Chef Georges Auguste Escoffier created at the end of 1800s the dessert Melba, to honor the australian soprano Nellie Melba. The dessert is made of peaches, raspberries sauce and vanilla ice cream. Today, I suggest you a modern reinterpretation of the same treat, consisting of a peach mousse, a raspberry jelly and a vanilla curd. The whole is wonderful …….

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Violet

Brother of redcurrant, blackcurrant is little known and used. In France it is used to prepare the famous Crème de cassis. Blackcurrants can be eaten raw but are usually cooked in a variety of sweet or savoury dishes. They are used to make jams, jellies and syrups. Enchanted by this fruit, I prepared a mousse, combined with a panna cotta, a creamy custard and a beautiful purple short crust pasty. I liked the fresh and slightly piquant taste of black currant. It would be used more often.

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Brioche Mousseline by Philippe Conticini

Recently, I have tried different brioche doughs, even with different kinds of fat from butter, and sincerely, all ones very good and soft, but this is LA BRIOCHE par excellence … .. In despite the high amount of butter and eggs, it is lighter than a cloud. The original shape of Conticini’s Mousseline Brioche is like the Okkaido milk bread (you can find here). I did not want to repeat the same shape, so I propose mini-brioche, but very similar to Continici’s one. It’s a long dough to prepare because the eggs and butter need to be well absorbed, but it’s worth it.

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Cherry tart

When I come to the kitchen to prepare a dessert, I know exactly how it will be, I have fixed in mind the final image that the cake must have. This time something different happened. I was fascinated by a cherry and pistachio tart by the famous pastry chef Claire Heitzler, since 2015 at the head of Maison Ladurée, but I was not completely convinced. The only things I was sure of, were the red sabée pastry (my interpretation) and Claire Heitzler’s pistachio filling. I decided to replace the pistachio pastry cream with a pistachio custard (very similar), recipe by the famous italian pastry chef De Carlo. I prepared it twice, but i never used to garnish a tart. But I think that, to call a tart “Cherry and Pistachio tart”, there should be another cherry preparing, and not only a single layer at the bottom of the sable. So I decided to use a cherries chantilly to resume the add more taste of this delicious fruit. In short, I completely changed Claire Heitzler’s tart …

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Roses brioche

A Brioche to share for breakfast. In occasion of some friends who came to meet us during the weekend, I thought It could be nice to give to typical morning brioche a different shape. A brioche dough I prepared several times, which never disappoints….. You can even prepare single rose brioche, placing them to rise in a muffin mould and dust with icing sugar to serve.