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Violet 1

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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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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Indian wind

Last week, to prepare a dessert, I’ve been given curry as ingredient: a spice mix, especially used in Asian kitchen. We are not used to prepare desserts with curry, but if you think it is a mission impossible….well think again. I used a mild curry powder, that matches perfectly with rich, creamy white chocolate and orange bavarian cream and to have a spicy kick, I melted curry powder in a chocolate ganache. The finished dessert has a delicate flavor balance, especially in aroma and taste. You can adjust the spiciness to your taste by adding or reducing curry powder, although for me it is fine.  

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Pistachios, pears and chocolate tart

This tart is created by the combination of 2 recipes: one from E. Knam and the other, from a friend of mine, Isabelle. It is a simple but very tasty: pears pair deliciously with chocolate and pistachios pair deliciously with both. The whole is moist and crunchy, thanks to the frangipane, to the pears, to the shortcrust pastry and thanks to the crumble. In a word, you find all the elements to prepare a truly delicious tart.