Book Review: Patisserie ~ William and Suzue Curley



Patisserie Chestnut and Rum Cake

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Cook books are the things I love to read the most. They inspire and challenge me.

Patissierie is one such book. You would be forgiven for thinking that this book is not for the home baker, but it is. It will challenge you to take yourself out of your comfort zone and inspire you to make something different. It will make you think about taste, flavours and presentation.

With gorgeous pictures and step by step guides, all you need do is read through the recipe carefully, get all your ingredients together and create something special.

Being a lover of all things cake, Clandestine Cake Club being my passion ATM, and with me in the midst of writing a new CCC Cook Book ( read more about it here) I decided to bake the Chestnut and Rum Cake on page 328.

Apricot Nappage

The first step was to make the Apricot Nappage on page 104. Note to self, buy a good quality digital scales that primarily deals with smaller qualities of grams. I added too much Pectin and as a result, the Nappage resembled a quince Jelly. Still nice, but after leaving in the fridge to set, it needed a little water to soften before adding the glaze to the finished cake.

Apricot Liqueur Syrup

Next I made the Apricot Liqueur Syrup on page 102, I didn’t have enough Rum so I carried on with the Apricot theme and used Apricot Liqueur. This recipe made enough syrup to save for other cakes. I suggest you start to creating your own syrups, they are easy to make and are perfect for dousing cakes with additional and complementary flavours which help add moisture to your sponge. Get yourself some nice bottles and start syruping.

Chestnut and Rum Cake

I didn’t have the correct tin sizes, but the recipe worked beautifully in 2 x 1lb loaf tins. They had a good rise, the sponge texture was terrific and moist and the taste was divine with the Ground Almonds, not too sweet. It balanced nicely with the Alcoholic Apricot glaze and Nappage as a topping. It was delicious. We ate one cake and froze the other. I have a glut of cakes in the freezer ATM, with all the recipe testing I am doing for the next book.

Watch: A video masterclass with William & Suzue Curley, where they demonstrate one of the recipes from Patisserie. The video can be found HERE ON youtube 

Disclosure: I was given this book to review by Jackie Small publishers.

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The book officially released on 22nd May, is published by Jacqui Small (@JacquiSmallPub)



Afternoon Tea at Dulcie Butterfly Swillington


Social media is a wonderful thing. Take for instance the tweet I saw a few weeks ago where Diane Wong ~ Blogger of A Tale Of Two Sittings was looking for someone to accompany her to Dulcie Butterfly Tea Room and Vintage shop in Swillington to do a review. So I tweeted back and the following week we sat down to a very nice table of vintage crockery, with a delicious serving of freshly brewed Yorkshire Tea ( my favourite brew) , fresh sandwiches and home made cakes made by one of Dulcie’s friends.

Swillington is just up the road from me and Dulcie Butterfly is situated right in the heart of the residential area with parking outside. I arrived ahead of Diane where I was met with a very warm welcome from Dulcie our lovely hostess.

I was not alone, there were other customers enjoying a pot of tea and cake. Diane and I had a special table reserved in the corner from there we could see all the Vintage items on sale in Duclie’s tea room. Many were items brought from her trips across Europe, especially France. In fact the following day, Dulcie was traveling to Vevey Switzerland followed by Milan the next week, to find more Vintage goodies to add to her collection.

Diane and I spent nearly 2 hours talking about blogging and food. It’s always nice to speak to people about Food, for some reason I hate the word Foodie, it sounds pretentious, which I hope I am not. I like food and I like talking about it.

Diane and I passed on lots of hints and tips to each other, and vowed to keep in touch.

As for Duclie Butterfly. It’s a place I will definitely go again. Even if it’s for a just a pot of tea and a brows around her shop for something Vintage for my house. Her laughter is infectious so if you need cheering up with a pot of tea head to Dulcie Butterfly.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Dulcie Butterfly for this complementary Afternoon Tea and Diane for allowing me to accompany her. All words and opinion are my own.

Dulcie Butterfly
16 Woodlands Drive
LS26 8DW