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Weekend Tasting: Ciel

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.

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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.

 

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Week V: Resto week

So this week was a bit different from the previous weeks, because we had to make the dessert for the school restaurant! We made millefeuille for the restaurant, made macarons for two days, a succès cake and some cake decoration.

Week VI is morning classes again, as I didn’t make any time to blog in the weekend I’m rushing to type this blog before going to bed.. Which is at latest around 23:00h. Below are the caipirinha my partner en I did on macaron day two. The macarons of day one were “olive oil and vanilla” and “apricot and saffran”.

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Weekend Tasting: Speciality Shops

In France you get your baguette at a boulangerie, your cheese at a crèmerie, your fish at the poissonnerie etcetera etcetera. Now there are also shops specialized in one type of pastry. This week we tried eclairs from L’Éclair de Genie, chocolates from Le Chocolat, choux from Odette, angel cakes/chiffon cakes from Ciel and merveilleux from Aux Merveilleux.
Our weekend tasting started early this week: friday afternoon at Christoph Adam’s L’Éclair de Genie. Here we bought the pistache orange, praliné noisette, passion-framboise  and rouge framboise / chocolate raspberry. These eclairs were yummy! They were all not too sweet. The passion framboise was my favorite of the four. The eclairs cost €5 ~ €5,50 a piece.

After L’Éclair de Genie we made our way to Lenôtre and the macaron lover classmate got these two macarons. Chocolat Poire and Jasmin. The Jasmin was uber sweet. I do not recommend. Get the one from Pierre Hermé instead! That one is good. The chocolat poire was okay.

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So after Lenôtre we got some chocolats at La Manufacture de Chocolat by Alain Ducasse. We only got 4 (everyone picked just 1) because these chocolates are expensive! They are €2 a piece, but since we wanted to know how good they really are we bought some to test. Verdict: Really good chocolate. I had the Café chocolate and it had a really intense coffee flavor. Normally coffee chocolate tastes like chocolate with sugary coffee.. This one tasted like chocolate and espresso. Yummm. The others were happy with their chocolate too. One of them got Thé et Citron (tea and lemon) but the citron wasn’t really noticeable she said.

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What happened in week 2

Bonjour! Sadly, I’m still unable to speak French.. I’m trying a bit tho. Alors, comme ça! I’m basically only speaking English, which isn’t my mother language, while trying to learn French. Every now and then I only know the right word in the wrong language.

This week we made a lot more than the previous week! I’m really happy we did, because otherwise it would be way too slow for my liking. In the picture above you can see my Instagram pictures of this week. I see I am missing some pictures, but to sum it up we made:

  • Tarte aux poires
  • Tarte creme d’amande + framboise
  • Tarte aux pommes
  • Tarte au citron
  • Tarte au chocolat
  • Tarte Victoria
  • Daquoise tart

I also had boulangerie Tuesday, which was awesome! We made baguettes, whole wheat and rye bread. I ate so much bread that day, you can not even imagine.

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Galette des rois

My first week in Paris

Sunday I made chocolate macarons and a galette des rois(king cake) with my neighbor. Both my neighbors don’t really like to eat pastry so I was forced to bring the whole galette home. The galette is eaten at the beginning of the year until fasting. In the cake there is a hidden object. If you eat the piece with that object, you are king of the day and get to wear a crown.

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The chocolate macarons we made. The macarons are made with French meringue and a chocolate ganache.

I went to the Decorative Arts Museum of Paris on Wednesday and ate a delicious baguette from Eric Kayser at Rue de l’Échelle.

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des Gâteaux et du Pain

My parents drove me to Paris and stayed here a couple of days. Of course, while in Paris one must eat. After running some errands we got hungry and went to des Gâteau et du Pain. The store looks very nice and smelled like delicious breads. They sell breads, pastries, viennoiseries(croissants etc), cookies, cakes and chocolates. We brought some viennoiseries home. Next time I’ll try some pastry!

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Healthy fudge balls

So I’m kind of failing at blogging now. I used to post once a week, now it’s more like once a month… *sigh* I’m not stopping with blogging though, and definitely not with baking! If you follow me on Instagram you can see my yummy creations.

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Easter chocolate cupcakes

I don’t regularly eat and make cupcakes as I don’t like buttercream frostings. But for this occasion I made cupcakes! My way. This is a super chocolat-y chocolate cupcake with pieces of chocolate inside, chocolate ganache and chocolate easter eggs on top. Yes, I like chocolate.

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Coffee mousse

I wanted mousse, coffee mousse, so I made it. I found a recipe online that looked awesome, so I tried it. The mousse was very nice and I really enjoyed eating it. The only downside of making this is that you have to be somewhat patient, but it was worth it! So do try.

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Chocolate bread rolls

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have seen these rolled up chocolate breads already.  I made these about a week ago. I wanted something chocolate-y, but not cookies or brownies. So bread  filled with chocolate seemed like the best and healthiest choice, plus I hadn’t tried that before.

Right now I’m busy studying for my exams so I’m not making anything this weekend. It doesn’t matter, as I procrastinated enough last week by making yummy stuff. So there is enough left to post!

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