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.
... 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 ...
... plus the rest of the bottle of wine , chatted to the English couple the next table , took our left overs with us for lunch and sans dinner but with cholesterol levels at stratospheric levels retuned to our lodgings.
A very good breakfast and a 45 minute chat with the proprietors wife started what was to be day day punctuated by as series of minor balls ups . First off a wrong turn set our trip to Villandry back 15 minutes or so . The next nail biter was ...