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Travel Blogs from Chatellerault
... 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 ...
... floor and burnt out ovens.
I have visited Auschwitz and Birkenau in the past and Oradour together with these two places is 'a must do experience.' Not 'an enjoyable experience'.
After this we made our way to a little village called Busserolles which is right in the north of the Dordogne region of France. There we met up with Andy Bailey, an old work colleague of all three of us, and his wife Sandy. Andy and ...
... the volume, and the vintage. Everything else on the label is "just peanuts" according to Laurent. He gave us a written test at the end, and then corrected and returned them in hilarious fashion. However, he was extremely pleased with me because I got 100%, and he said it's been quite a long time since someone has done that. My prize was a jar of his jam: peach and cassis. It's a fairly large jar, and I'm not sure how I'm going to tote it around for the rest ...
Other places to stay in Chatellerault
30 Rue Rolland Garros, Chatellerault | Hotelfrom $46
10 Avenue Camille Page, BP 323, Chatellerault | 2 star hotelfrom $67
Rn 10, Chatellerault | Hotelfrom $66
ZI Nord Secteur Est, Chatellerault | Hotelfrom $67
Espace d'Argenson - ZI Nord, Chatellerault | Hotelfrom $54
Le Perron, Availles en Chatellerault, Chatellerault | Hotelfrom $59