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Idea: revisited Tatin Tart- Big Apple

24 May

Inspired from my mother’s childhood snack with apples and jam in the middle.

A caramelized pastry dough, a roasted apple in caramel and butter and with in the middle vanilla cream/custard. Around the apple there would be some caramel and then the apple is wrapped in the dough. On the top a small meringue. Like a tatin tart: pastry dough, caramelized apples.

Sadaharu Aoki 4

24 Mar

Another round!

Bamboo or the Matcha Tea Opéra.

You first smell the matcha tea and then the chocolate. Well-balanced, you can find all the texture, from the slightly crispy thin chocolate layer to the tea mousse to the tea powder and biscuit. I think this one is one of the best-made pastries i have ever seen and also a really beautiful one.
So what’s the problem?… I don’t like Matcha tea. So i recognize that this is a really nice one, but since i don’t like the flavor in itself, i won’t take it again.

Coffee and walnuts, it’s more famous than the bamboo pastry. However i was quite disappointed by the coffee mousse that was too sweet for me compared to a coffee cream. And i don’t know if it’s me or if it’s really like this but i thought that the coffee tasted like the Taiwanese coffee taste they use in their pastries and bread, which is sweeter and has a strong taste of coffee but doesn’t actually taste like drinking coffee. As for the walnuts, it’s really not convenient to eat the pastry since you can’t cut it because of them. The little biscuits on the top don’t bring anything special. Not really good because of the coffee mousse, but the mixture of coffee and walnuts was nice.

The vanilla-almond diamants. Just loved them, the vanilla flavor was here, it was crispy not too sweet.

Sadaharu Aoki 2

18 Mar

As i was really depressed today so i needed something to cheer me up. So of course, i went to Xinyi area, and of course, i ended up in the basement of Bellavita to look at Sadaharu Aoki’s pastries. At first i wanted a flan or a religieuse, something simple, that you can find everywhere back home, like a  comfort food. But the weather was turning nice, and for me nice weather= refine pastries. And as Sadaharu Aoki had just reopened this week, well, i decided to go for it.

I first picked a strawberry éclair, just because i couldn’t resist its look. Like a love at first sight. You see it, you want it. Even though i’m neither a strawberries lover nor an éclair one. But look at those colors and the little flowers. Can you find something cuter? But anyway. Verdict?
The dough is nice, not too soft, not too hard, which is perfect when you cut it, because the cream doesn’t flow everywhere. The frosting is also nicely done.
However i must say that i’m not really fond of the strawberry cream. Why? Because i find it too sweet first, and because i think it has a chemical taste. It doesn’t really have the real strawberry flavor. It’s ok once you get used to it i guess, but just i wasn’t expecting this. Nice looking but a little disappointing in taste.

Then i went for the mille-feuille, what i originally came for. Vanilla is my chocolate we could say. I’m not a chocolate fan, but i could die for vanilla. The main problem is that i’m often frustrated when it comes to vanilla desserts, because they don’t have enough vanilla flavor (that is except the Infiniment vanille tart from P.Hermé). So how was this vanilla mille-feuille…

the pastry dough was really good. Crispy, with a thin caramel layer, well it’s one of the best i’ve ever had so far. For that, the mille-feuille was worthing it. But again, the vanilla cream is just a little bland compared to the caramelized dough. The good point though, are the crispy pieces on the vanilla cream. So i think even though it’s not the best ever, it’s really good, and surely the best in the city. Go for it if you can.

And finally, the Yuzu-vanilla tart. Everyone in Paris was Yuzu here and there when i left last-year, but i didn’t know what it was exactly except that it was Japanese (not too hard to guess with its name). But just by tasting, you know that’s a citrus.

Now, i was expecting vanilla, because that’s what is written first, but that’s more a yuzu tart. Vanilla is only here to soften the yuzu taste. You nearlycan’t taste anything since the yuzu is quite strong (just like lemon and vanilla:you can forget about the vanilla flavor).
I tried the mousse alone and it’s the same. The flavor isn’t really existing. However the yuzu cream is really good. In fact, it should have been called a Yuzu vanilla tart. Again the name was tricky, the real star of the pastry is the Yuzu, not the vanilla.

If you like Yuzu, go for it, it’s delicious. I really recommand it. I think i’ll try more pastries with Yuzu in the futur to have an alternative with lemon.

Vanilla cream chiffon cake

15 Mar

I tried a fresh cake in one of the bakery near school. It was actually ok since it’s vanilla. The cake in itself is really light compared to the one we usually have in Europe. The cream is also more like a vanilla chantilly.

Eclair Vanille from Pierre Marcolini

3 Mar

Another week, another try. I wanted to try Sadaharu Aoki’s Mille-feuille, but unfortunately his shop is currently closed, so i decided to go to Pierre Marcolini. I picked the “éclair vanille”, since i wanted vanilla. His pastries are a way too expensive and too small. For example, i spotted the tiny lemon pie: 340NTD (8,5€ for half a size of a pie you find in pastry shops in Europe). Anyway, i tried my pastry. The puff of the éclair isn’t right, too soft again, and the cream has a taste of vanilla (not as good as Pierre Hermé’s pie Infiniment vanille but still), but is too heavy (maybe too much eggs?).

Concerning the puff, i think it has to do with Taiwan’s weather which is awful. Humidity is a real problem here, and it must impact the pastries. Even bread for example: after one day, it is totally soft, while back in France, it would be too hard to eat. So i think that it will be difficult to taste a proper puff here, except in a restaurant where it’s really fresh and just made.

Something i like in Taiwan concerning the packaging, is that all the pastries are put in a bag with some ice within the bag so that it’s still cold when you go back home. I think that’s really a nice thing that we should try in France, even though that would be a little more expensive.

Sandwich Ice-cream

14 Dec

Another weird thing invented by Asians, the sandwich ice-cream. The biscuit is salty, and the ice-cream is really creamy with a little of vanilla. Ok but not fantastic.

Café Pouchkine

11 Aug

I went there to celebrate my friend’s birthday. We decided to eat there, as it is also a tearoom. The staff was cold and not friendly at all, except one russian girl, that was lovable. However, when you see the customers, you can -partly- understand them.
It was hard to choose but I went for a Napoléon, while my friend chose a Medevick, and we shared a hot chocolate (because we still have to be -a very little- careful to stay slim).

Vanilla bourbon cream, orange blossom and crispy pancakes

Very good, the vanilla cream is awesome, but that’s a little heavy. I’m usually used to eat 2 pastries, but i had problems to finish this one alone. I liked the orange blossom inside, that made it a little less heavier. But still that’s too much i think. To compare, i think that Pierre Hermé “Infiniment vanille pie” was a way lighter. Maybe it is because of the shape of the cake.

sgouchonka biscuit,
sarrasin honey, cream

I tried a bite and it was really good. It tasted like caramel. It was creamy too, but the caramel taste was really good. However, still as heavy as mine.

The hot chocolate was just soo strange! It was soo creamy that it should have been called chocolate cream instead! But damn it was delicious. Fortunately we only drank one for 2, because it would have been impossible to finish it otherwise. I really recommand it.

In the end, if you want generous pastries with vanilla, go there, but if you’re looking for a light pastry, go to Hugo & Victor which are also in the area.

Café Pouchkine
64 Bd Haussman (rdc Printemps)
75008 Paris

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Je suis allée au Café Pouchkine pour célébrer l’anniversaire d’une amie. J’avais entendu parler de leur chocolat chaud et des desserts à la vanille, et comme ils faisaient aussi salon de thé (enfin plutôt genre comptoir), on en a profité pour manger sur place. J’ai pu prendre rapidement une photo de la vitrine, mais malheureusement les photos étant interdites, celle de nos desserts respectifs ne sont pas de moi.
Le personnel n’est pas accueillant, excepté une serveuse russe très gentille qui nous a servi, mais comme il était de notoriété publique qu’ils ne sont pas aimable, je suis rapidement passée outre (d’un autre côté quand on voit les clients…).
Après avoir difficilement choisi, mon amie a opté pour un Medevick, et moi pour un Napoléon.

crêpes croustillantes, crème vanille bourbon, fleur d’oranger

La vanille est à tomber par terre, le mélange avec la fleur d’oranger vers le bas du gâteau est aussi très bonne, par contre, il est beaucoup trop lourd. J’ai pourtant l’habitude de manger 2 pâtisseries d’un coup, mais là, j’ai eu du mal à finir celle-ci! Cela vient peut-être de la forme du gâteau, qui est gros, mais ça fini par gâcher un peu le gâteau.

biscuit au sgouchonka, miel de sarazzin, crème fraîche

Celui-ci aussi est excellent, mais lourd. Je n’ai gouté qu’une bouchée, mais rien qu’avec ça, on sentait que c’était du dense (mais au regard des ingrédients, je comprend mieux pourquoi maintenant). Le gâteau se rapproche du caramel.

Leur chocolat chaud devrait plutôt s’appeler crème au chocolat, la texture est vraiment épaisse, mais d’une onctuosité! Mais je suis contente que nous n’en ayons pris qu’un pour deux, sinon il aurait été impossible de finir. En tout cas, c’est un vrai chocolat chaud à en tomber à la renverse!

Pour conclure: si vous cherchez des gâteaux vanillés et dense, c’est ici, si vous êtes plutôt dans le genre léger et petite gourmandise, je vous conseille plutôt d’aller chez Hugo & Victor qui sont aussi dans le coin. Ici, c’est les pour les pros de la gourmandise, amateurs, passez votre chemin.

Café Pouchkine
64 Bd Haussman (rdc Printemps)
75008 Paris

Green Lemon Shortbreads

22 Jul

To continue with green lemon~ You can keep them 2 weeks. I took the recipe from Mercotte (what would i do without her ^^).

Ingredients (~40 biscuits):
– 170g butter
– 120g of ice sugar (40g + 80g)
– 2 green lemons
– 1 vanilla sugar
– 250g of flour
– 2 soup spoons of cornstach
– sea salt

Wait for your butter to be at room temperature and then mix it with 40g of ice sugar until you get a cream. Then add your 2 green lemon zests, the lemon juice and the vanilla sugar. While miking, sift progressively the flour and cornstach, add the sea salt.

Make 2 sausages with your pastry with the diameter you want for your biscuits ( between 3/5cm), roll them in shrink-wrap and put 15mn in your freezer.
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Cut slices, and put on greaseproof paper.
Cook them for about 13mn, let tehm cool down 10mn, and in a plastic bag, pour your 80g of ice sugar left, your biscuit and shake it!

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Pour continuer sur le citron vert (je deviens une addict du citron). Pratique pour les voyages, ils se conservent 2 semaines. J’ai trouvé la recette sur Mercotte (qu’est-ce que je ferais sans elle).

Ingrédients pour 40 biscuits:
 – 170g de beurre 
– 120g de sucre glace (40+80)
– 2 citrons verts
– 1 sachet de sucre vanillé
– 250g de farine
– 2 cuillères à soupe de maïzena
– gros sel

Attendre que le beurre soit à température ambiante et le mélanger au robot (la feuille, pas le batteur) avec le sucre glace jusqu’à obtenir une sorte de crème. Ajouter le zeste des citrons leur jus. Progressivement pendant que le robot continue de tourner lentement, ajouter la farine et la maïzena tamisée et le gros sel.
Faire 2 boudins du diamètre souhaité pour les boudins (3/5cm), les rouler dans un film plastique, et direction le congélateur pour 15mn.
Faire préchauffer le four à 180°C.
Couper en tranches et mettre sur du papier sulfurisé.
Cuire 13mn, attendre qu’ils refroidissent un peu 10mn, et dans un sac plastique, mettre les 80g de sucre glace restant, les biscuits, et secouer!

Pierre Hermé

18 Jul

Pierre Hermé…I don’t know what to think about him. He’s worldwide reknowned and the master that made people interested in pastries again. Sure. However, his pastries are not always that great, and neither are his chocolates…

I have already been to his shop for Christmas, to buy a “Bûche Mont-Blanc à ma façon”, and we were quite disappointed, but mainly because we paid the wrong price (or more because they made a mistake in the cakes and we got one smaller). So since then i had quite a negative image of his pastry shop, because it screw up my Christmas day.

However, since Laurent Duchêne, a pastry MOF (MOF stands for Meilleur Ouvrier de France= Best French Craftsman, a prize in each craft that happen every year. Only one person (by craft) receive the price each year, for all his life. This prize is reknown by everyone, both everyday-people and craftsmen and means that the holder of the prize masters his art), was closed, my parents went to Pierre Hermé to buy cakes and chocolates. They chose:

Tarte Infiniment Vanille (Infinitely Vanilla Pie)
rich shortcrust pastry, biscuit soaked in vanilla juice, vanilla white chocolate ganache (yeah, a white chocolate with vanilla taste), vanilla mascarpone cream

This cake…has become my top 2 after the religieuse au café! It is hard to digest, i recognize (that is a first for me to say), but maybe that’s because we eat a 8 people cake with 3 people only… I have to try the same one but with coffee taste. I think the pastry was with almonds, but what i really enjoyed were the different textures of the cake. You had the mousse, the ganache that was like chestnut purée but with vanilla taste and a thin layer of white chocolate mousse that covered the top. The vanilla taste was explosing in my mouth. He used different kinds of vanilla to have this taste. Really, this one was worth coming back.

Lemon Biscuit with olive oil, cooked and raw red berries, lemon mousseline

This one was great, but not well-balanced. We hardly felt the red berries because the lemon was a way too strong. It was like eating a lemon pie, so the name and the appearances were totally tricky.
However, the lemon taste was really great in itself. It’s just that it was a little useless to put berries inside if we can’t feel them.
Ah, and i think that the meringues were too sweet so i didn’t really enjoy eating them, but they were really beautifully made and the inside was well-made, without any bubble of air. (Yeah, i know, i’m hard to satisfy…)

The chocolates. I don’t have a picture of them, but they were a way too sweet and even salted? They didn’t feel like real and strong chocolate. Last time we took some, it was also the same. So i don’t recommand to go there for the chocolates. Out of the 3 cakes, one was really worth, the two remaining are ok, but i prefer those of Pain de sucre of Carl Marletti.

Pierre Hermé
185 rue Vaugirard
75015 Paris

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Pierre Hermé…Je ne sais pas trop quoi penser de ses desserts. Il est reconnu dans le monde pour avoir redonné sa place à la pâtisserie dans le monde de la cuisine, je suis d’accord, mais je ne trouve pas que ses pâtisseries soient si particulières en moyenne, sans parler de ses chocolats.

J’avais déjà été à sa boutique à Noël pour acheter une bûche “Bûche Mont-Blanc à ma façon” mais l’erreur qu’ils avaient commis en boutique nous donnant un gâteau plus petit pour le prix du gros m’était resté en travers et avait pourri mon Noël. J’en étais donc sortie avec une mauvaise impression.

Cette fois-ci, comme Laurent Duchêne était fermé, mes parents sont retournés chez Mr Pierre Hermé pour acheter les gâteaux et des chocolats. Ils ont pris:

Tarte Infiniment Vanille
Pâte sablée, biscuit imbibé de jus de vanille, ganache au chocolat blanc à la vanille (oui oui, c’est bien ça, vous avez bien lu), crème de mascarpone à la vanille

D’accord, celui-ci passe en top 2 après la religieuse au café. Je dois essayé la version café plus tard quand même. Il est assez difficile à digérer par contre (c’est bien la première fois que je dis ça d’un gâteau), mais c’est peut-être parce qu’on s’est mangé un gâteau pour 8 à trois… Il me semble que la pâte est aux amandes. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le jeu des textures: la mousse, légère, la crème qui ressemble à de la crème de marron au niveau de la texture, et la fine couche (de mousse?) chocolat blanc qui recouvre le dessus du gâteau. Il faut aussi savoir qu’il a utilisé plusieurs vanille pour donner ce goût explosif en bouche. Celui-ci vaut vraiment le détour.

Biscuit au citron à l’huile d’olive, fruits rouges crus et cuits, mousseline de citron

Celui-ci était bon, mais mal équilibré. On ne sentait pas du tout les fruits rouges le goût du citron étant vraiment trop prononcé. Ça donnait un peu l’impression de manger une tarte au citron en fait. Donc l’apparence était très trompeuse. Il n’en reste pas moins que le citron était bon, mais je ne vois pas l’intérêt de mettre des fruits rouges et de lui donner cette apparence si c’est pour ne pas les sentir.
Ah, et j’ai trouvé les meringues trop sucrées, malgré leur belle apparence et le fait qu’elles soient bien pleines sans trop d’air. (oui je suis difficile et alors?).

Quant aux chocolats, aucun intérêt. Ils n’avaient pas le gout prononcé du vrai chocolat (on aime le fort dans la famille, et moi le lait) et ils étaient limite salés. Par contre, le croustillant à l’intérieur était sympathique. Enfin, ils devraient plaire au plus grand nombre si on n’aime pas le chocolat fort. La dernière fois que nous en avions pris, c’était la même chose.
Au final sur 3 gâteaux, il n’y en a un qui vaut vraiment le détour, les autres sont bons, mais je préfère ceux de Pain de sucre et Carl Marletti.

Pierre Hermé
185 rue Vaugirard
75015 Paris

Happy Days Diner

26 Jun

Today, one of my friends brought me to an American bar/restaurant to try its milkshake sine it was 30°C. That was my first time going to a “theme” bar. The inside was quite fun, all pink and blue with a jukeboxe, the machine for bubblegum… Like he said, it was to taste the ” Pulpe-Fiction-like” milkshake.
I tried the Oreo onew, while he chose the Vanilla one, his favorite.  I don’t know anything about milkshake (the only one i ever tried was from McDo and Starbucks coffee, shame on me when we know their quality…). But i think it was ok, i liked the fact that we had a little cherry and the chantilly. Otherwise, it’s not very special and the ice-dream that the custumers had seemed heavy. However, i always have a bad impression when it comes to American desserts: heavy, fat, and full of dyes and sugar, without refinement for many of them just like their donoughts, cupcakes, brownies, cookies. It doesn’t mean that once in a while it’s not good, but i’ve seen too many disgusting cakes in the US to be kind of pessimistic when it comes to their desserts. So i’m not the best to judge.^^” And the staff was not really nice, you always seem to bother them.

To summarise, you should go there for the atmosphere, but don’t expect something awesome from the milkshakes. My friend told me they had great burgers, so maybe you should try them.

Happy Days Diner
25 rue Francisque Gay
75006 Paris
open Monday to Thursday: 11:30 am- 12pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am-01:00am

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Aujourd’hui, un de mes amis m’a amenée dans un bar américain pour essayer leur milkshake comme il faisait 30°C. C’était la première fois que j’allais dans un bar à thème. L’intérieur était sympa, tout rose et bleu, avec un jukeboxe, les machines à chewing-gum, les vieux sièges…Comme mon ami m’a dit, c’est comme le milkshake de Pulp Fiction.
J’ai tenté celui à l’Oreo, alors que lui a choisi celui à la vanille, son préféré. Je n’y connais rien en milkshake, les seuls que j’ai jamais gouté sont ceux de Mc Do et Starbucks, à ma grande honte quand on connait leur qualité. C’était pas mal, rafraichissant, et j’ai bien aimé le fait d’avoir la cerise confite et la chantilly, mais ce n’était pas extra non plus. J’ai pu voir la glace servie aux clients d’à côté et elle avait l’air assez lourde, avec des brownies, mais j’ai toujours une mauvaise impression quand il s’agot des desserts américains: lourds, gras, sucrés bourrés de colorants, et sans subtilité pour certains comme leur cupcakes, leurs donoughts, leurs brownies et leurs cookies. Cela ne veut pas dire que ce n’est pas bon une fois de temps en temps, mais j’ai vu trop de gâteaux écœurants aux US pour ne pas être pessimiste à leur vue. Je ne suis donc pas la mieux placée pour juger. Je rajouterai que le personnel n’était pas très sympathique, et plutôt renfrogné.

Pour résumer, c’est sympa à voir pour l’ambiance et le restaurant, mais n’attendez-vous pas à quelque chose d’exceptionnel en ce qui concerne la nourriture. Après, mon ami m’a dit que les hamburgers étaient bons. Vous devriez peut-être les essayer.

Happy Days Diner
25 rue Francisque Gay
75006 Paris
ouvert du lundi au jeudi de 11h30 à minuit
samedi et dimanche: 11h30 à 1h

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