Friday, September 08, 2006

3 is Company

This vanilla Bavaroise is served with a selection of 3 red fruits and a Strawberry Coulé. The soft texture of the Bavaroise, freshness of the berries and the crunchiness Cigarette Russe is brought together with the sweetness of the Strawberry Coulé to form quite a dish.

The secret to making a good Bavaroise is making sure you fold the whipped cream, the egg whites and the mousse at the correct setting point. The key is preparation and timing. Only whip the egg whites in the last minute or they will collapse. Do not let the mousse mixture over-set before folding and it should be just before setting point when pouring in to molds. That is before it gets lumpy. If this happens put the mixture over hot water in a bain-marie just for a moment to get it back.

Bavarian cream or Bavaroise as better known is a cold dessert of egg custard stiffened with gelatine, mixed with whipped cream and sometimes with fruit purée or other flavours, then set in molds or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.

No one is sure about the origin of Bavarian cream, but during the late 17th and early 18th centuries many French chefs worked at the court of the Wittelsbach Princes, a German family that ruled Bavaria from the 12th century to 1918. The famous French chef Marie-Antoine Carême (1783-1833) gives recipes for it in the early 18th century. There are many variations, flavored with chocolate, lemon, kirsch, etc.

So the most likely origin is that the French chefs working for the Bavarian rulers learned something either the same or very similar while working in Bavaria, and when they returned to France continued to make it, and called it Crème Bavaroise which means Bavarian Cream.

7 comments:

Danielle said...

Impressive!!! :o

dil said...

Hey Can you PLEEEASE give me the recipe for this because it loooks sooo incredibly tasty and drool worthy (i want to eat the screen)!! *droool droool* and since your a chef any idea how to make a easy tasty *slurp* blue berry cheese cake???

Sands Rocks said...

Yep will do. What type of blue berry cheese cake did you have in mind? a cold one or a baked one. Both are amazing although quite different. Will post the recipe up for the 3 red berry Bavaroise soon.

cheers

dil said...

well can I have them both if its ok with you!!! if it isn't much trouble that is..

Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank you *hail*hail*

Sands Rocks said...

Can do both but will publish the baked version first. Bit tied up with work at the moment. lol

dil said...

thank you so SO very much!!! i shall try this out and let you know how it turns out!!! yum!!!