October 24, 2018
It was the Bake Off semi-final this week, and what better way to test our bakers than with some tricky Patisserie challenges? First up, the bakers had to tackle madeleines, which were actually a deceptively simple Signature challenge that demanded perfection from Paul and Prue. Next, the Technical challenge - Torta Setevelli - and finally that Showstopper… It was the showstopper to end all showstoppers, with the bakers asked to create 36 patisserie bakes that would look at home in a Parisian window.
If you want to try your very own patisserie at home, this blog post details our favourite French patisserie recipes, that are thankfully much simpler than those the bakers had to face...
Madeleines are little French sponge cakes, shaped like a shell in a madeleine tray. They are typically quite easy to make, but with such a simple task, Paul and Prue were only looking for perfection. The bakers were all vying to get their madeleines to rise in the centre with a little ‘hump’. Some bakers succeeded, some bakers failed, but thankfully the flavours all went down a treat.
To make your own, head over to The Hungry Traveler Blog to find a classic French recipe that is a sure-fire way to perfect madeleines.
For the Technical challenge, the semi-finalists had to tackle a complex, multi-layered French patisserie - a Torta Setevelli. This ambitious saw the bakers attempting to tackle seven layers of various French baking, including two layers of genoise sponge, two layers of bavarois, and a chocolate crunch layer surrounded by a rich chocolate mousse before being covered entirely with a chocolate mirror glaze!
If that all sounds a bit much for you, we’ve got a Technical challenge that’s much more up your street. Why not give one of our layer cakes a go that (we promise!) is MUCH simpler than the ones Paul or Prue will have you try. Perhaps you’ll pick our Chocolate Layer Cake - four delicious chocolate sponge layers in an ombre style, covered in a delicious chocolate buttercream and white chocolate curls on top. Yum!
Or perhaps you’d prefer our show-stopping Rainbow Cake? This baking kit is our top seller and creates a delicious four layers of vanilla sponge in red, orange, yellow and green.
The Showstopper challenge set by Paul and Prue for Patisserie Week seemed to be a catch-all for all the other delicious French pastries the bakers could think of! And we love that idea… it meant we got to see some delicious bakes ranging from choux pastry to puff pastry.
Here’s our pick of the best patisserie recipes that wouldn’t look out of place in a patisserie window in Paris.
We couldn’t talk Patisserie Week without mentioning a recipe by our very own Michel Roux OBE! Michel is one of the best pastry chefs in the world, so you know that any recipe he writes will be an instant classic… We love this perfect choux pastry recipe on Jess Middleton’s website that is based on one from Michel Roux’s book.
If you want to receive a brand new recipe that has been exclusively approved by Michel Roux OBE to your door each month, join our Baking Club! Our lucky members have already been treated to a Chocolate & Caramel Eclairs recipe, but who knows when the next choux one will be?
We love the classic flavours of this mille feuille by French Girl Cuisine, made by creating a coffee extract and pastry cream filling. The best part of this recipe is that the puff pastry is all shop-bought, meaning you can create your very own French patisserie with limited effort and limited time.
The final part of the showstopper challenge was to create a series of mini patee sucree tarts (sweet shortcrust pastry). One of our previous Baking Club boxes was a Lotus Biscoff Chocolate, Caramel and Walnut Tart that could easily be made into tartlets if you wanted to!
What are your favourite French patisserie recipes? We would love to hear them in the comments! Also… let us know who you think is going to win The Great British Bake Off 2018. Not long to go now!
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