Wednesday the 26th of November I officially graduated from Ferrandi. After 5 months of doing the Intensive program in French Pastry and 3 months of interning we all got our diplomas. So question is, what am I doing now? In this post you’ll read all about where I interned, what I did and what I’m currently doing.
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Last time I tried the apple tarte tatin from des Gateaux et du Pain, this time we tried the damassé and the chausson au citron. The chausson I had tried before already actually and I think my taste preference changed a bit over these months.
The damessé is like a baby of the parisian flan and the Portugese pastel de nata. It had a mild flavor and was not very sweet. I might say the flavor was too mild maybe. Not bad though, just not as good as the Portugese Pastel de Belem.
Last time I found the chausson a bit too sour, this time I really appreciated the acidity.
Overall I really like Des Gateaux et du Pain, the pastries are made less sweet which I appreciate.
Ciel is a pastry shop that only sells angels cakes. I have been here once before in March and had the chocolate cake then. As one of my friends is leaving Paris soon (for good T_T) she wants to try some places before leaving town. One of the places she hadn’t tried yet was Ciel, so off we went. We chose the chocolat/hazelnut and basil angel cakes.
The chocolate hazelnut cake was €6,00 and the basilic only €3,50. Both cakes were great and totally different from each other.
We started with the basilic, we called it our pré dessert as it is vegetal and more an introduction to a dessert than the dessert itself. Anyway, the cake came with a pipette filled with olive oil to sprinkle on the cake. The cake was light in texture, slightly sweetened with a nice basil flavor. It might be just a little bit odd at first bite, but definitely a like for me.
The chocolate hazelnut angel cake had a filling in the center, which was dark chocolate cream and milk chocolate chantilly. On top were some sablé pieces and caramelized hazelnuts. The cakes at Ciel are all not very sweet (I think), neither was this one. It was light in texture and the right amount of sweet. A good not-at-all-heavy chocolate cake. But if you are craving for one of those decadent intense chocolate cakes, like the grand cru from La patisserie des Rêves, this is not the place to be.
There is only one shop, with also some sit-down possibilities located at:3 rue Monge 75005 Paris
The shop is open everyday from 11-20h and Fridays and Saturdays until 22h.
If you haven’t eaten this bread before, it looks odd. If you have, I bet you just want to eat it again now you think about it. This bread is called La Praluline by François Pralus. It’s a rich buttery brioche filled with pink pralines. Almonds and hazelnuts are being coated in rose sugar, cracked and folded into the brioche by hand.
This is the recipe I have been making for years, but somehow I never posted it here. Before I knew I could make these things myself (before I really got into baking at home), I used to eat them during every trip to the US or Canada. Preferably as breakfast or afternoon snack. I prefer the buns slightly warm -fresh out of the oven or the next day heated up- without the thick layer of frosting. I just don’t like frostings that much, also the reason why I dislike most cupcakes.
The other weekend I went to Pierre Hermé with my friend to try some pastries we hadn’t tried yet. We picked up two macarons and three pastries. The one you see above is the tarte café. Every component of this tart is coffee flavored. I liked it, but my coffee loving friend thought the coffee they used wasn’t good enough. We made this one in school too, but the one we made was really sweet.
I had a little “pastry tour” with a wonderful blogreader – Hey Samantha!! ^^ – and my new flatmate (+ sister later)! We started off with Mori Yoshida, proceeded to Rue du Bac where La Patisserie des Reves, des Gateaux et du Pain and Angelina are located. After that we went to Sadaharu Aoki near Jardin du Luxembourg and to Samantha’s place for the degustation.
So somehow La pâtisserie des rêves never really made it to the blog, although it is one of my favorite pastry shops! The chef is Philippe Coniticini. He is a well known pastry chef. His shops are one of the few shops I actually revisit more than once. I think I mentioned the Paris-Brest that I had tried once, but after that no more? Time for a change, so here is what I tried so far since coming to Paris!
I was checking out the new Gourmet section in the Galeries Lafayette. And because I liked Aoki quite a lot the other weekend, I decided to try something again! I chose the half sphere Citron Praliné this time.
I have been getting emails with questions about my experience at Ferrandi, living in Paris and doing an internship here. Instead of emailing everyone similar answers back, I’ll try to sum it up in this post so you can all read it!
If there are questions missing, feel free to comment below.