12 months, 52 weeks, 52 pastries

Okay, I should have written this post some time ago as the 01 January 2019 is looming and I haven’t documented my challenge as yet.

As you will be aware, it has been over a year and a half since I completed my Diploma in Professional Patisserie and to be honest, I haven’t really used much of what learnt on the course.  I have been largely baking rather than doing patisserie since I left Ashburton Cookery School all those months ago.  Okay, so I may have dabbled a bit more recently – I have made meringues, short-crust pastry (a variety), caramel, praline, profiteroles etc. but I haven’t really indulged in the art of patisserie.  Concerned that I may lose my skills (I hope I haven’t already done so), I have decided to set myself a challenge for the New Year – 12 months, 52 weeks and 52 patisserie items.

A few days ago, I started scouring my cookery books for suitable pastries.  To date, I have scoured three of my patisserie books for ideas (Patisserie at Home by Will Torrent, Patisserie Made Simple by Ed Kimber and Patisserie by Christophe Felder) and have come up with a list of 32 pastry challenges so far:

  1. Almond and honey friands
  2. Breakfast brioche buns
  3. Brioche
  4. Chocolate and hazelnut sables
  5. Chocolate fondant
  6. Coffee and chocolate madeleines
  7. Coffee tart
  8. Creme caramel
  9. Croissants
  10. Croquembouche
  11. Flan parisien
  12. Framboisiers
  13. Gateau au chocolat
  14. Gateau opera
  15. Kouign amann
  16. Macaron a l’ancienne
  17. Milk chocolate and hazelnut praline Buche de Noel
  18. Millefeuille
  19. Raspberry and pistachio financiers
  20. Paris-brest
  21. Pear and chocolate tartlets
  22. Pear tart
  23. Pistachio & cherry souffles
  24. Savarins
  25. Salted caramel and chocolate tartlets
  26. Spiced rum babas
  27. Tarte au chocolat
  28. Tarte au citron
  29. Tarte au pommes
  30. Tarte aux fraises
  31. Tarte tatin
  32. Tarte tropeziene
  33. Viennese biscuits

I am not sure what I will start or finish with or what order I will bake the pastries in, or whether I will change my list during the course of the year.  What I am sure of is that at the end of 2019 I aim to have 52 pastry attempts under my belt, notwithstanding any acts of God.  This of course will be along with any other bakes that I do during the year.  If you want to get involved and set me a pastry challenge, please let me know.