Whenever I see the words Les Misérables, I think of the musical and Russell Crowe’s hideous singing in the film of the same name. I came across a recipe for Les Misérables in William & Suzue Curley’s book and I wondered if it had anything to do with the musical. I can tell you, it doesn’t!
The cake is actually a Belgian patisserie which was a dessert for the peasants because it consisted of typically cheap ingredients. This recipe however has been upgraded and contains a matcha biscuit joconde, almond dacquoise and a muscovado caramel butter cream.
I have a love-hate relationship with dacquoise, I love how it tastes, but I hate making it. Every time I make it, I end up with a cake that has cracked and fallen apart and I have to patch it together and hide the layers within the cake. This time I had the same problem, but I now know it’s because I’ve been under cooking it. So, I’m sure there’ll be another dacquoise on here again soon, all in the aid of practice you see!
To make this patisserie I used some wonderful Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha that I was supplied with from The Teamakers. It tastes amazing and for my first foray into baking with Matcha, I’ve been very lucky to have such a fantastic tea to work with. I’ve not tried a lot of Matcha, but I’ve seen matcha macarons, lattes, frappes and ice cream and I can understand why. It has a delicious subtle flavour that works really well in baking.
If you want to make this recipe, you can find all of the details in Patisserie by William & Suzue Curley. Which incidentally is a wonderful book and will really help you create some amazing patisserie.
- Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha 40g Caddy
- Bamboo Spatula
- Whisk holder
- Matcha bowl
- Giveaway open to UK residents 18+ only.
- One winner will receive a Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha Gift Set
- The giveaway ends on the 2nd August 2015 at 11:59:59 PM
- The winner will be selected at random, announced in the Gleam giveaway box and contacted via the email address they provided.
The Teamakers sell a wide range of tea and teaware of an exceptionally high standard, you should take a look at their site next time you’re looking to buy tea or gifts for a tea loving friend, the choice is astounding.
The Teamakers sent me a pack of their ceremonial matcha for free, but all views are my own.