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Christophe Adam is a fan of vanilla's distinct flavour and aroma. - AFP
Chef Christophe Adam shares his insights on vanilla.
IN Relaxnews’ “One chef, one ingredient” series, we feature Christophe Adam who speaks about his favourite ingredient, vanilla.
Christophe Adam is among the most eminent French pastry chefs of his generation. After studying under Laurent Jeanin, he rose through the ranks to become head pastry chef at Fauchon in 2001. Today, he offers his pastries in his own boutiques in Paris, L’Éclair de genie and Adam’s.
What led you to choose this ingredient?
Vanilla is my favourite ingredient. Specifically, Madagascar vanilla, for its floral aroma. It is one of the essentials. I always keep a few vanilla beans in my kitchen.
What is your best kitchen memory associated with this ingredient?
A Napoleon accompanied by fingers of flaky pastry, a recipe I’ve revisited for Adam’s.
When is this ingredient in season?
All year round!
What is the best way to prepare it? Can you share a recipe?
The simplest way is to infuse milk with vanilla, or to crush it into sugar to make vanilla sugar (20g vanilla for 100g sugar). These two methods bring out the flavour of vanilla to the fullest.
What other ingredients can be combined with vanilla to delight and surprise the taste buds?
I recommend combining it with Norway lobster, flavoured with vanilla and lime.
What are the most common mistakes made when preparing this ingredient?
Not using enough vanilla. Don’t hesitate to really accentuate the vanilla flavour.
How do you offer this ingredient on your current menu?
At L’Éclair de Génie we offer a vanilla and pecan éclair.
What wine (or other alcohol) is best married with this ingredient?
Champagne! – AFP Relaxnews
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