Yesterday our demo studio came to life with an afternoon tea inspired Patisserie Demonstration from L'Ortolan Pastry Chef Samantha Rain. Our demonstration guests arrived to a beautifully sunny L'Ortolan and introductions were made over tea and coffee in the bar. Afterwards the guests took their seats in the studio to learn how to produce a stunning selection of pastries both appealing to the eye and delicious - the perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea!
Macaroonier Sam demonstrated her perfect Liquorice Macaroons; a small light biscuit, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Macaroons are one of our favourite current sweet crazes so we asked our very own L'Ortolan Pastry Chef for a lesson in baking the popular French confection.
300g Icing Sugar
300g Ground Almonds
10g Liquorice Powder
115g Egg Whites
1. Blitz together 300g icing sugar, 300g ground almonds and 10g liquorice powder and pass
2. Whisk 115 egg whites to stiff peaks
3. Boil 300g sugar and 80g water to 118°c and pour onto egg whites
4. Whisk egg whites until fluffy and add to dry mix
5. Once the Italian Meringue is cold, combine all the elements into a smooth paste
6. Pipe the mixture and leave to form a skin
7. Bake at 150°c for 6-8 minutes
Liquorice Pastry Cream Filling
1 Vanilla Pod
4 Egg Yolks
1. Boil 250g milk, 30g sugar and vanilla
2. Pour milk onto egg yolks and whisk, then place mixture back into the pan and cook out
3. Combine 30g sugar and 22g cornflour
4. Add Liquorice compound to taste
9th April - 3 Course Dinner Party - Bring a little Michelin star flair to your dinner party at home with some ideas and inspiration from the L'Ortolan kitchen.
23rd April - Chocolate Heaven - The perfect indulgent treat for serious chocoholics. During this masterclass you will be introduced to a variety of different chocolates including some of the world's finest single estate chocolate.
14th May - Shellfish Masterclass - Delicious ways to prepare and cook shellfish - include a selection from lobster, oysters, clams, mussels, crab and razor clams depending on availability.
11th June - 3 Course Fish Supper - How to select and prepare the 'catch of the day' and cook your fish to perfection.
18th June - Summer Barbecue with the Big Green Egg - The Big Green Egg can be used to smoke, bake and slow cook as well as a barbecue. Join chef on the terrace and discover some new techniques and recipes.To book your L'Ortolan demonstration please call 01189 888 500 or email email@example.com