Chef Nicolas took us today for the patisserie demonstration and chef Christophe for the practical.
The cake today was a poires religieuses. A ring was lined on the sides and base with a layer of chocolate sponge, brushed with caramel, then covered with a chocolate mousse with diced caramelised pears mixed in, another disk of sponge, more mousse, then finished with a chocolate glaze. The top was decorated with piped white chocolate, a fanned caramelised pear and a white and dark chocolate pear shape.
Today we had the last cuisine demo of this term and chef Eric took this.
As he is the head of Basic Cuisine he answered questions about the exams next week as well as cooking 3 desserts.
He made a vanilla soufflé, which has creme patissiere as its base
A chocolate mousse, which was melted chocolate folded into italian meringue and whipped cream
And red fruits with a sabayon browned under the grill. The sabayon was made of egg yolks, sugar and white wine, whisked in a bowl over a bain marie until thick.
We won’t be making any of these ourselves this term as the corresponding practical to this demo is our exam next week.
Then we had our last cuisine practical for the term, with chef Neil, making the creme caramel and oeufs a la niege.
Having made the creme caramel in patisserie classes weeks ago, I can definitely say that the patisserie recipe is much more precise and consistent as everything is measured accurately. There were a huge variety of results in the creme caramel here, some cooked after 30 minutes, some not cooked after nearly an hour.
The oeufs a la niege were simple enough as a recipe, the only hard bit was shaping the meringue into quenelles and poaching it.
Having tasted both desserts, I hope we never do them again as both taste like sweetened scrambled eggs, not my favourite.
Lastly we had a 3 hour class on cheese from Tom the cheese man (not actually made of cheese) which was excellent as he really showed his passion and knowledge for the subject and we tasted some pretty good cheeses. We’ll be having more lectures from him in the next 2 terms and I look forward to them.