Les Miserables – The Teamakers Giveaway

Les Miserables | Patisserie Makes Perfect

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!

Les Miserables | Patisserie Makes Perfect

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.

The generous team at The Teamakers have kindly donated a Premium Japanese Matcha Gift Set worth £60 for me to giveaway to my readers. The kit contains the following:

  • Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha 40g Caddy
  • Whisk
  • Bamboo Spatula
  • Whisk holder
  • Matcha bowl

Les Miserables | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Japanese Matcha Gift Set

Terms and conditions
  • 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.

Les Miserables | Patisserie Makes Perfect

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.

56 Responses

  1. Emma Carvell

    I’ve never baked with Matcha, but I love drinking it!

  2. chimocho

    I’ve only ever had it in green tea! Never baked with it, so that would be fun to try! – Sammi McSporran

  3. alisa moore

    I’ve never baked with matcha but have had it in a latte

  4. ♫ Alison M ♪

    never baked with it but made a lovely lime sparkling drink with it

  5. Barbara Handley

    Matcha is new to me but sounds interesting.

  6. Anthea Holloway

    No I have never baked with matcha but I would love to try!

  7. janesteels

    No, I’ve never baked with matcha , always willing to try.

  8. kim neville

    No I have just tried green matcha tea which was nice

  9. Katie Skeoch

    I’ve only tried the tea, I was an instant convert!

  10. Sophia Miller

    I’ve recently bought my first ever Matcha tea (Bloom Matcha tea) It’s amazing!!

  11. Jess Maryy

    Nope, I haven’t cooked anything with Matcha yet but I would really love to!

  12. debbie

    i have never cooked or eaten anything made with Matcha but it sounds great x

  13. Arabella Bazley

    I’ve never cooked or eaten anything made with Matcha but I would love to try making some sorbet with it.

  14. Lucy Parissi

    I grew up listening to the Miserables (the original musical recording) so every time I hear the score I am a little girl again. Never heard of this type of dessert but it looks pretty incredible as your bakes tend to do! I have experimented a little with matcha but not as much as I would like!

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      I’d never heard of this desert either, until I saw it in a couple of patisserie books. It’s really hard to find any information about it online, as any searches bring up cakes with Les Miserables pictures on them!

      Thanks for the comments, I shall be baking more with matcha hopefully, it’s really tasty and I love the green hue it gives everything.

  15. PatisserieMakesPerfect

    you’re too kind Louise 🙂 You should’ve seen the abomination I created last night. It was edible, but it wasn’t pretty. It won’t be appearing on the blog. I was a victim of my own impatience!

    Good Luck in the comp and continue to avoid Russell’s singing. x

  16. Katherine L

    i actually haven’t had matcha on that many occasions, but I did once have a fantastic matcha ice cream!

  17. Christine Dodd

    I’ve never used it, although I’m seeing a lot more of it about in blogs these days

  18. Hannah Hossack-Lodge

    I’ve never tried baking with matcha before, but it seems to be so popular in the blog world that I’d really love to give it a try, and it’s such a lovely colour! Your Les Misérables looks delicious 🙂 x

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      It’s really great Hannah. The green colour reminded me a bit of seaweed at first, but I got over that. It’s definitely worth experimenting with.

  19. Ruth Harwood

    Not yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it 🙂

  20. Jaye- Cardiff in a Tea Cup

    I actually had a baguette (bread was matcha flavour), a matcha brownie, a matcha latte, matcha bubble tea and a matcha doughnut yesterday! That much caffeine is probably why I’m still awake at this time! I also bought some matcha Pocky to eat at a later date and stocked up on matcha from Postcard Teas! I bake/ cook with it a lot and have at least one matcha drink everyday.

  21. Beeta @ Mon Petit Four

    What a lovely, lovely les miserables, Angela! Good to know it has nothing to do with Russel Crowe 😉 I have yet to bake with matcha but have seen all the rave about it here in the blogosphere. Your pastry looks perfect, and I totally understand what you mean with dacquoise. Spitting the meringue gives me anxiety. I think another thing that really helps to prevent cracks is using a really long, super sharp serrated knife. When you give the meringue one long cut vs. a tiny bit of the sawing action you get with a shorter knife, you can prevent less cracks or any cracks at all. I like using America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for a less fussy dacquoise. Beautiful job as usual, Angela!

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      You’re so right about the blogging hype Beeta. I think I would’ve been scared to try it had I not seen it in my William Curley book – which is amazing if you’re looking for a patisserie book recommendation!

      Thank you so much for the dacquoise tips, I did use a pastry knife that is serrated, so I think that helped.

      Thanks for the lovely comments. xx

  22. Theresa Parker

    I’ve never tried it but after reading your blog I’m feeling adventurous enough to give it a go!

  23. Andrea Storey

    I havent tried it myself but Im feeling inspired to now.

  24. Sarah-Jane Laycock

    I actually hadn’t even heard of it prior to reading this post but very curious about the subtle flavour and would love to try it x

  25. Rosie Dunningham

    I’ve never baked with matcha, but when I was living in Thailand working as a divemaster I would have a matcha green tea latte every single day. They make it with condensed milk, it was the most heavenly drink in the world! Rosie x

    • PatisserieMakesPerfect

      That sounds amazing Rosie! I love condensed milk. Not to mention being a divemaster, you sound like some kind of wonder woman. I’m so jealous! x

  26. Tracy K Nixon

    No I haven’t but I am very much looking forward to trying now thanks to your post!

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