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Lemon and mango cloud

Lemon and mango cloud …… why this name? The mold I used is called Cloud and the dessert is really light, airy as a cloud. A fresh taste thanks to the white chocolate lemon mousse  and a strong flavor thanks to lemon confit which gives a particular note to the dessert. The recipes are adapted by great Italian and French pastry chefs such as Gianluca Fusto and Philippe Conticini. I thank my friend Isabelle for the recipe of lemon confit and Mercotte for the recipe of the cake biscuit citron.

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Gianduja tart

Chocolate and hazelnut…..in a word gianduja…. one of the most tasting combination ever. The tart is very easy to prepare: it’s comprised of a hazelnut tart dough, a layer of cocoa and almond filling and a top layer of light and deliciously creamy hazelnut bavaroise cream. The recipes of the single 3 layers are from great italian pastry chefs…….you can’t get wrong.

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Exotic

Do you hear someone refer to a “tropical fruit season”? With tropical fruits….generally we refer to summer time…….but they’re imported and are pretty much available year round, so you can use them whenever you feel. For this dessert, I wanted to highlight the sour taste of passion fruit, really perfectly balanced with mango and coconut. It has an airy ethereal texture, so it’s not nearly as heavy as you could think. Ready to cook?

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Apple custard tart

A very simple tart, but really delicious. Shortcrust pastry has been unflavored with lemon zest and juice, but if you prefer, you can use cinnamon. Once you arrange the apple slices in the tart shell, a rich and creamy custard is then poured over the apples and the tart is baked until the custard has set. So, nothing difficult to prepare, but you will get a gorgeous tart.

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Lemon meringue tarts

French pastry chefs are famous for their “Lemon meringue tart”. Every one has his own recipe, especially for the lemon filling. In addition to lemon juice and eggs, they can use starch, gelati sheets, a lot of butter or white chocolate…. But everyone wants to achieve the same goal: a soft and velvety batter with a strong lemon flavor. generally it is combined with a billowy meringue, which can be flamed with a torch, or not. I decided to add small French meringues … just to get the right combination of textures. I read so many recipes,by the most famous Italian and French pastry chef, to get the so-called perfect lemon cream … ..and to realize my first lemon meringue tarts I chose the recipe by a great master of Italian pastry Emmanuele Forcone. But in the future, do not miss the recipes by the great French pastry chefs.

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Madama Doré

It never happens I prepare the same dessert in a close time. Here I can talk about a special situation…… I prepared the fantastic Madama Dorè, by Gianluca Fusto, twice in a week. It is a simple tart, but you find a combination of exceptional flavors: a frangipane enriched with orange zest and saffron and soft peaches. It is crisp, but at the same time it is soft, tasty, fragrant This dessert has all the items to turn a tart in THE TART.

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Red cherry

Red cherry….the only way it could be called this dessert…….a cherry and white chocolate bavarian cream. Inside a yogurt chantilly, that perfectly matches with the bavarian cream, then a pistachio biscuit Joconde, that fits perfectly with cherries. A balanced dessert, creamy but crunchy and soft……all the elements to become one of your favorite desserts. Recipes by Luca Montersino, but the biscuit Joconde: the recipe comes from Isabelle.  

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Sunny

Sunny…..a cake with colors and flavors of the sun. A basil and vanilla bavarian cream, a juicy peaches jelly with a crunchy brunoise. Then a thin chocolate and corn flakes crunchy base with a vanilla syrup to soak the biscuit. The scent of basil fits perfectly with vanilla for a unique flavor.