Synopsis: Nicknamed the “Picasso of Pastry” by Vogue magazine, master pâtissier Pierre Hermé has revolutionized traditional pastry-making. Insatiably creative, in this new volume Hermé returns to his first passion–chocolate. Retracing his longstanding love affair with the versatile cacao bean, this work reveals daring creations that display the celebrated pastry chef’s signature innovative style, which has transformed the realm of pâtisserie. It includes thirty-five recipes, from original combinations such as chocolate, banana, and ginger cake or chocolate and lemon madeleines, to rich, iconic desserts like his Infiniment Chocolat Baba Cake, Infiniment Chocolat Macaron, or yuzu-flavored Éclair Azur. Following an intense, synergetic collaboration with photographer Sergio Coimbra, this unique book pays homage to the purity and simplicity of chocolate and its diverse forms and textures. Under Coimbra’s lens, every facet of chocolate is captured in its essence, tempting the reader to enjoy the myriad delights that constitute Pierre Hermé’s extraordinary chocolate repertoire.
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This book is absolutely stunning, the imagery is sublime, and the recipes mouth-wateringly delicious. There is no better way to celebrate Chocolate Week than with this beautifully innovative book. Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate is a book to delight, and kept as a cherished possession and then handed down from generation to generation. Highly Recommended.
Here is one of the delicious recipes:
Makes about 20 éclairs
Preparation Time: About 1 h
Cooking Time: About 25 mins.
Chilling Time: 30 mins.
7 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (3 3/4 oz./110 g) butter
1/2 cup (4 1/3 oz./125 g) mineral water
1/2 cup (4 1/3 oz./125 g) whole milk
1 teaspoon (5 g) superfine sugar
1 teaspoon (5 g) Fleur de sel, preferably Guérande
1 1/2 cups (5 oz./140 g) flour
1 cup (8 3/4 oz./250 g) whole eggs
Manjari Chocolate and Yuzu Cream:
2 teaspoons (1/3 oz./8 g) powdered gelatin, or 4 gelatin sheets of 2 g
13 1/4 oz. (375 g) Manjari 64% dark chocolate (Valrhona)
1 cup (8 oz./225 g) yuzu juice
1 cup (8 oz./225 g) egg yolks
1 cup (8 oz./225 g) superfine sugar
2/3 cup (5 3/4 oz./165 g) whole milk
2 cups (16 1/3 oz./465 g) liquid cream
1/3 cup (3 oz./90 g) mineral water
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./100 g) superfine sugar
2 3/4 oz. (80 g) cocoa paste, or 100% cocoa dark chocolate
17 2/3 oz. (500 g) fondant
80 small pieces candied yuzu rind
Photo credit is Sergio Coimbra, from Pierre Hermé: Chocolate (Flammarion, 2016)
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