Chateau de Boisrenault
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... summarizes our day (and, to be honest, the rest of the week as well.)
The day was a bit of a whirlwind, In addition to enjoying ourselves, Sidney and Allison also want to make sure that we learn a lot while we are here. We jumped back and forth between making multiple different kinds of ganache and macaron shells, madelines, brioche, croissant and chocolate glaze and 3 kinds of meringue!
Alison showed us how to assemble ...
... creme brulee, vanilla amarula ice cream and the smoothest sorbet that I have ever tasted.
We created and sampled contrasting breads: soft dinner rolls (melt in your mouth) and fougasse (a great dipping bread). It was a great experience being able to directly compare (taste) different types of recipes to see how each could best be used.
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 ...
As we drove yesterday we changed our minds and headed to an old haunt we have enjoyed in the past to shorten the journey and it was a pleasant drive along an ancient canal parallel to the Cher river with nice stops, one for lunch! We arrived and hooked up to the electricity and opened the wine, a Macon Village this time, probably colder than recommended but we prefer it like that in this ...
... motor way toll station , a 1.30 euro toll, no change , cards would not work, and the sign said 20 euro notes or smaller and we only had 50's no dude or human to be seen and no help from the tin voice on the push button "help" . Ok so far so good , until the semi- trailer pulled on behind us, 2 possible scenarios here , a blast from his horn and abuse or help ,Ali explained our dilemma, the driver was pleasantly helpful it did take 50s after all and feeling we had just won at the ...