The festive season of 2023 brings with it a confluence of culinary artistry and historical charm, as Dalloyau, the renowned Parisian house of gourmet, unveils its latest pastry creation: “La Reine Charlotte” (“The Queen Charlotte”). This creation, a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary flair, promises to be a sensory journey for aficionados of fine desserts.
At the heart of this year’s gastronomic celebration stands Dalloyau’s Executive Pastry Chef, Jérémy Del Val, a luminary in the world of French desserts. Collaborating with Benoît Ayssi, the Executive Savoury Chef, Del Val has skillfully woven the rich tapestry of Dalloyau’s heritage into a series of gourmet offerings fit for royalty. The duo’s imaginative approach to culinary creation embodies a seamless fusion of the past and present, exemplifying a modern twist on the art of living.
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The centerpiece of this sweet experience is the “La Reine Charlotte” dessert, a creation that transcends the ordinary boundaries of cake-making. This festive cake, designed as a double dessert, offers a layered exploration of flavors and textures. Its composition is a testament to Dalloyau’s commitment to excellence, featuring an exquisite mix of Sicilian pistachio mousse, mango & Madagascar vanilla compote, and a base of delicate chocolate, reminiscent of the gates of Versailles.
Del Val’s innovative approach to this dessert is evident in the meticulous selection of ingredients and their artistic assembly. The Sicilian pistachio mousse, enriched with pistachio praline flavored with Nordmann fir sprouts, interplays with the tropical notes of mango and the creamy richness of Madagascar vanilla. This combination, set upon a pistachio biscuit and crunch base, topped with a spoon biscuit, creates a symphony of flavors.
Not to be overlooked is the chocolate base of the dessert, a blend of 33% Madagascar milk chocolate, pistachio, feuillantine, and a hint of fleur de sel. This base not only provides a textural contrast but also echoes the historical grandeur of Versailles, inviting diners to a moment of shared conviviality.
Available for a limited time and only on order, the “La Reine Charlotte” is priced at €150 and serves 8 to 10 people.
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