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... then proceeded to demonstrate a few 'over the top' presentation techniques that illustrate the precision, creativity and finesse exhibited by professional pastry chefs.
Sidney put a layer of glaze on Tuesday's layered mousse dessert that looked like a chocolate mirror. All of the components that we have been working on over the course of the week are starting to come together. Can't wait for the grande finale tomorrow night!!!
... pastry was used to create a classic Napolean (or Mille-feuille). After lamb shanks (in Morrocan inspired sauce, falling off the bone) the passion fruit creme brulee was served with a raspberry sorbet - the contrasting flavours played beautifully against each other. To me, a well prepared creme brulee is absolute and undeniable perfection.
What a fantastic first day!
After a breakfast of freshly baked croissant, aromatic French cheese and saucisson, we dove right into making a praline pastry cream.
What followed was a tour of the major players of French pastry - puff pastry, pate sablee (to make a creme brûlée tart), choux pastry, profiteroles and crouqembouche. We even made a sourdough base bread (from apples!) to use later in the ...
... us to a great lunch at the local restaurant Le Vieux Puits. A very enjoyable couple of hours.
After this we had to make some distance and we rode to a city called Poitiers where we stayed for the night. Poitiers is a major university town.
During the evening we went for a few beers and actually found an Australian themed bar!
Miles today - 143
Total mileage so far - 2878
... 7 electric points but unfortunately only one worked and we did not get it! Another British couple turned up having obviously been there before and immediately plugged in. Not a problem really as we do not have to be connected to power all the time, luckily. There was a Co-op shop right opposite as well as a bakers so life was ...