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Pains au chocolat (almost)

I was asked by a friend to take part in a contest, where you do not win anything, but where you only share the desire to knead. The topic was bicolor brioches: so I decided to prepare some pains au chocolate, made with vanilla and cocoa brioche doughs. A set of classic tastes, which never disappoints. Perfect for breakfast. #briochedeprintemps    

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Hokkaido milk bread

A special milk bread, prepared with a special japanese method: Tangzhong. Tangzhong is a roux, prepared with water or milk, that has to be added to the dough…..your bread will be super soft and very very delicious. You will get a bread higher and lighter than it would otherwise be. A perfect milk bread for breakfast or for tea time. I reduced the sugar a little, but if you follow the original recipe, you can get gorgeous and delicious small brioches or “pains au chocolat”.

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Cappuccino french brioches

Different ways to have breakfast….. You can drink coffee, tea, cappuccino, orange juice, croissants or bread and butter and jam…… What about me? I drink cappuccino with 3 cookies….. Only recently I begun to prepare french croissant……the typical meal for breakfast….. So…..I had an idea…….To prepare cappuccino french brioches. That’s it: to taste to be dipped, to eat.

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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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French croissants

Friends, I got it! Even if I’ve been afraid for a long time about french croissants, I decided to get it and I ensure you that after just one bite of these gorgeous and buttery ones, you will never be able to eat a store-bought croissant ever again. They aren’t incredibly difficult and even if you will not get perfect croissants the very first time, have fun and enjoy the experience of making them at home. Practice and experience will help you, but do not be afraid…. You will need time and patience, but but the results are well worth the effort. Flour and butter make the difference, so choose best brands. You will have a video,  to guide you along……so no more excuses…… Enjoy these french croissants with a cup of coffee and a selection of confitures and jams…. and have a nice day!

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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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Orange blossom water braided brioche

A few days ago I tried this recipe for making brioche dough, by the famous itaian Patry Chef Luca Montersino:it is the best I’ve ever made. It is a particular dough, because you prepare the dough twice…..it is more difficult to explain than prepare it. Brioche dough is not so sweet and not so buttery……so you cannot feel guilty eating a slice. I tried a braided brioche, but you can shape the dough as you prefer. Try: it is healthy and delicious, for a special breakfast.

Crostata moderna di albicocche e cioccolato

Modern apricot and chocolate tart

A modern tart: a crispy base, a firm but soft ganache and an apricot “cremoso”….that means, as the word suggests, a creamy texture. To stress the taste of apricots, some small silky and tasty jellies. It is not common to have four different preparations in a tart, but you can prepare the various steps in different days, and then, the moment you need the tart it, assemble it……. The idea comes from a picture of a single portion proposed by the Master of chocolate, Knamm. if he has matched the chocolate with apricot …… the combination could only be perfect … .. Do you have any doubts?