Monday, February 25, 2013

Le Mont Blanc Degustation

Dimanche 24 fevrier Angelina creme de marrons

Mont Blanc tasting on Sunday = an immediate plunge into the shark tank of Parisian cuisine

Oh woe is moi/Ooh la la la la!

Organized by Raids Patisserie expert Louise Chouchard
12 guests - 12+ Mont Blancs to judge including a recent Lenotre pastry graduate, a chocolate consultant, a pastry chef
Let the judging begin!
The beauties parade
We salivate/l'eau a la bouche?
All Paris has shown up for this concours/contest
Angelina -Carette - Gateaux et du Pain -Jean Millet- Laduree- Marletti- Lenotre- Patisserie des Reves- Petite Rose- Sebastien Gaudard- Stohre- Yamazaki
This perfect example (one of my favs) was made by Veronique Ung, recent grad of Lenotre.
Hire her!
The Austrian confectioner, Antoine Rumpelmayer, established Angelina, named after his daughter-in-law, in 1903. For over a century, the Angelina tearoom has established itself as a high point of Parisian gourmet pleasures.
 
Mont Blanc gâteau, in case you were wondering is a cake made in perfection with light whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli.
 
An 'extra' Mont Blanc creation created and present by pastry chef William Lamagnere
 
Another extra from Hotel Le Burgundie
 
All the pretty boxes.
 
Let the deconstructing/distruction begin!
 
My illegible notes ahem
We were to judge nez/scent, texture, taste/gout and general overall response with stars **** being the best and * degulase/the worst Ouch
The end.
Results will be on Raids Patisserie in a day or two.
Henceforth give me a plain roasted chestnut outside of Galeries Lafayette.Well at least today.

33 comments:

Louise said...

Thank you so much for coming Carol ! I love Angelina crème de marron too ...

Parisbreakfasts said...

Grand Merci Raids Patisserie!
Paris' best expert for patisserie bar none!!

Merisi in Vienna said...

Wow, so many Mont Blancs you could put a fresh white peak on each mountaintop of the Alpes! Is there a hint of sugar overload, Carol? ;-)

Even here in Vienna, Mont Blancs reign in pastry shop vetrines. I don't have the heart to even try to climb one. Too much, too sweet.



La Table De Nana said...


Looks like a fun day Carol..I can see you are not twiddling your thumbs..What fun..

Now what is in that tube?

French Heart said...

Hope you got hazard pay! ;) You make notes like me...a design school leftover habit. Just gorgeous. And the fun begins in earnest....

Anonymous said...

I was "enjoying" my breakfast of whole grain bread and crunchy peanut butter until just now!!! Oh, dear! Baver!!!

Nanina

french cravings said...

I love Louise's site...such beautiful photos to accompany her reviews. Looks like you're off and running, Carol! Enjoy! x Katie

Bugs (in the Mojave) said...

My deepest sympathies, PB~ you have obviously died (but gone to heaven). xoxo

Anonymous said...

What fun! Thanks for bringing us along. A no calorie feast for your stateside friends.
Kathryn

Parisbreakfasts said...

Big hint of sugar overload!
I fell asleep THREE x a table..
Tres embarrassing :((

Parisbreakfasts said...

The tube contains creme de marrons bie sur - the best toothpaste ever!

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

You are where you belong!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous little potted documentary on one of my favourite cakes - Mont Blanc. It took me my whole life to get to Angelina's in Rue de Rivoli. I finally did it in 2009. The queue to get a table was a bit daunting. I had their classic Chocolat à l'Africaine and a Mont Blanc. Gwendoline in Australia.

marie said...

i found your blog by searching an image of Red Riding Hood ... the attractive mysteries of internet!
Perhaps the petit chaperon's grandmother ate all the Mont Blancs ;)
i'll come back soon.

Sue said...

God, they look like they're decadent! Might as well just inject the sugar directly into your bloodstream! ;))

Parisbreakfasts said...

Looks can be deceiving
Chestnuts are quite good for you btw

365 Dresses said...

Chestnut cream is my absolute favorite pastry flavor. I'm not so much of an expert on Mont Blanc pastries, but I love crepes with creme de marron. Jeannie

365 Dresses said...

Oh, no. Surely that was jet lag. :)

Parisbreakfasts said...

What's hazard pay?
For doing a dangerous job FH?

Parisbreakfasts said...

Merci Marie for stopping by
Love yr illustrations!

Barbara Lilian in France said...

What a wonderful way to spend Un Dimanche.
Carol do you choose your 'word of the day' if not it couldn't have been more appropriate. I love anything with creme de marrons in it.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Louise's site is amazing for info and photos!
I'm a fan

La Table De Nana said...

I thought it was that!I have never seen it in a tube..so you!

French Heart said...

For being around all those pastries, I'd need it anyway! They're killing me.

LBDDiaries said...

Just when I thought it was safe to read your posts... you overwhelm! At least this way I did not gain any weight and I enjoyed the beautiful pix. European pastry always trumps.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Oh yes the most trad brand of chestnut creme with the blue and white design has always come in tubes of all sizes

annechung said...

Anyone living in the Los Angeles area, there is a Japanese Supermarket called Mitsuwa, they, sometimes have Mont Blanc (made in Japan) they are pretty good, not as good as the real thing but for US$3.99 it will do without buying a ticket for Paris.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thanks Anne for the heads up on US Mont Blancs
The chocolate consultant told us many patisieres buy their creme de marrons prepared and sweetened rather than make it from scratch...something to keep in mind when tasting.

Nikon said...

They really look fabulous, Carol - mouth-watering :)

Veronica Roth said...

How in the world can a patisserie expert be that slim? I wouldn't last five minutes in the job before I exploded. It all looks so yummy.

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Too funny your last comment! As for your notes, that's the best part. Well, what can I say? Jealous seeing so many mont blanks under the same roof and getting to taste. Ah, the sweet life, eh? Brilliant!

Louise said...

What an experience! All those delicious Mont Blancs. All those fabulous people. I just checked the results- Des Gateaux et du Pain came out #1. Which one(s) were your favourites Carol?

Parisbreakfasts said...

The same one #5 des Gateax et du Pain!!
Yay
a touch of casis coating the pate plus a meringue filling instead of cream for crunch made it the winner for me.