The day has come where we accomplish the croquembouche!
A whole lot of work and effort, but all so worth it in the end...
First off, what is a croquembouche?
For all of you who do not know, a croquembouche is a French pastry that is traditionally served at weddings and religious events. It is a high cone of pate a choux filled with pastry cream and then dipped in caramel and bound together. Traditionally the layers are alternated with sucre gran (sugar crystals). Other components also include sugar work, flowers or ribbons!
Shall we begin...
We started on Thursday by making our pate a choux and nougatine for the base or basket that the tower would set into.
Then we made a sugar piece out of isomalt to ask a topper for our tower.
An organic fountain shape:)
Now time to stack the choux for our tower.
Chef Kristens example of the tower. See we added the tower inside the basket of nougatine and topped it with the fountain and added the orchids we made last week.