Hotel de L'Europe
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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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 ...
... was spent learning the fundamentals of chocolate including tempering, molding, ganache, mousse and stenciling. Taste testing different varieties illustrated the remarkable differences that the location of growth, preparation and concentration have on the taste and impact of chocolate.
... 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 ...
... our change in coins we were off.
Villandry is famous for its garden ,huge formal and to give you an idea 52 kms of box hedge , 14 full time gardeners , lots more casual and 2 hours for 2 tear stained garden lovers to walk around , every thing was perfect from the lawns to the vegetable " patch" it really did make you want to weep. We gave the building a miss.
Back to Loches to have look at the chateau etc in the town finished our dinner from the night before and walked ...