honeycomb, flakiness and ‘au beurre’

. . Fresh and flakey on the outside, a slightly chewy honeycomb texture on the inside … it tastes of toasted buttery caramelisation, tangy undertones of Normandy milk, the sweet richness of cultivated yeasts and long fermentation. Buttery streaks on your fingers, tiny, and sometimes not-so-tiny shards of golden-brown flakes of crust on your shirt …Continue reading “honeycomb, flakiness and ‘au beurre’”

getting the monk drunk …

. My version of Besoffener Kapuziner … Walnut-Apple pudding, soaked in lightly spiced and sweetened Muskadet Wine, served with vanilla ice cream and a brandy sauce . Back home in Austria, especially in Vienna, we like to blame, or credit, the Kapuziner Monks for a range of alcoholic delights. Not least the Kapuziner Kaffee, which ultimately becameContinue reading “getting the monk drunk …”

it had to be …

. Opéra cake is a French type of cake. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake (known as Joconde in French) soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze. According to Larousse Gastronomique “Opéra gateau is an elaborate almond sponge cake with a coffee andContinue reading “it had to be …”

A ‘Kipferl’ … it was …

. The Kipferl, ancestor of the croissant, has been documented in Austria going back at least as far as the 13th century, in various shapes. The Kipferl can be made plain or with nut or other fillings (some consider the rugelach a form of Kipferl). The “birth” of the croissant itself – that is, its adaptationContinue reading “A ‘Kipferl’ … it was …”

petit déjeuner

. . Breakfast in America Songwriters: Richard Davies & Roger Hodgson Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got  Not much of a girlfriend, never seem to get a lot  Take a jumbo across the water, like to see America  See the girls in California  I’m hoping it’s going to comeContinue reading “petit déjeuner”

ode to olive oil

Olive oil is easily the most understated ingredient in todays kitchen. In some kitchens it gets a prominent place, because it is the thing to have (expensive, exclusive brand of oil), and for some it is just part of making salad because its trendy. Sometimes it packaged in fancy glass bottles that would make “KostaContinue reading “ode to olive oil”

tokyo macaron yaki at le salon du chocolat

Last week there was the Salon du Chocolat held in Paris. It was by accident rather than design that I was in town at the time. I am normally not somebody who has the need to attend consumer fares. But I figured since I am in Paris, might as well pay it a visit. BetweenContinue reading “tokyo macaron yaki at le salon du chocolat”

Pâtisserie Viennoise

. There is a little treasure in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Just down the street from the med-school on 8 rue de l’École de Médicine, 75006 Paris, is Pâtisserie Viennoise. It is a charming little place I must have passed twice before I actually noticed it. There is Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel onContinue reading “Pâtisserie Viennoise”