Walk into any patisserie in France and you’ll be greeted by the sight of a dazzling array of intricate fresh-baked delicacies, from buttery-soft croissants to multi-layered millefeuille slices and delicate tartlets.
Back in Britain, while our local bakers may be masters of transforming the humble sponge into the most impressive theme cakes imaginable, many bakers tend to shy away from the long, complicated process of creating French pastries.
We think it’s a shame for the North West’s consumers to miss out on these luxurious treats, so we’ve put together a blog dedicated to our top time-saving tips for perfect patisseries.
Macphie have specially developed their convenient Choutex mix to turn difficult choux creations like éclairs and profiteroles into a simple task for any baker. Simply add cold water for a choux dough that rises to a light, airy finish, pipe in smooth Mactop filling and smother in BAKO’s gooey caramel or rich chocolate flavour Fudgeice topping.
Tarts to entice
Give your cake counter that signature sheen of a Parisian window display without the fuss of spending hours stewing fruits through Bakels ready-to-use strawberry glaze. This versatile ingredient works wonders to add an attractive shine to everything from tiny petits fours tartlets, to fruit flan centrepieces or pavlovas piled high with summer berries.
Sometimes it’s that final finishing touch that really transforms an everyday cake into a gourmet dessert; just think of the elegant lettering piped on top of a traditional Austrian Sachertorte. Melted chocolate is one of the most effective ways to create all manner of different designs, many of which are explained in the CD guide to popular chocolate-work techniques that comes as part of Callebaut’s Spinning kit. Use with the disposable piping bags included in the kit and Callebaut’s chocolate drop callets, available in dark, milk or white chocolate varieties, which melt down easily for a glossy finish.
Bonne chance creating your French-inspired masterpieces, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with BAKO for a whole range of convenient supplies to help out busy bakers.