Our friend visiting us from London came with a few boxes of hand-made cakes and goodies from Patisserie Valerie the other day. This Patisserie has over 80 years of history of making continental patisserie and cakes in England, as they do have cafes all around England. I was amazed when looking at their website, that they actually have so many branches all over England – clearly I am not very observant of the various cafes around.
First are French macaroons. They are attractive small circular cakes in various different colours – dark brown = chocolate, green = pistachio, pink = strawberry, yellow = lemon/citrus, light brown = coffee and cream = vanilla. They are crunch with a creamy filling – my favourite flavour would be the pistachio.
Next are the Double choc cakes. This has a profiterole topping the top. It is very rich and chocolatey, and best eaten with either coffee or tea.
The Black forest cake is topped with a chocolate wafer bearing Patisserie Valerie’s name, as well as a chocolate cone. Comprising of chocolate sponge layers with whipped cream, the other notable ingredients are black cherries and kirsch liqeur. Very nice indeed.
We do not eat much pudding in our family, but every now and then we do get a treat or two, courtesy of friends visiting us.