Frenchies Bakery & Patisserie: the best of French baking in Sydney

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Riding the wave of success from their pop-up bakery during Sydney’s COVID lockdowns, the ingenious minds behind Frenchies Bistro & Brewery proudly introduce their latest venture, Frenchies Bakery & Pâtisserie. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Frenchies Bistro & Brewery (@frenchiesbb) Located two doors down from the acclaimed Frenchies Bistro & Brewery, the Bakery & Pâtisserie is set in Rosebery’s The Cannery building. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 7am to 3pm, this vibrant, boutique café-style establishment welcomes both busy office workers during weekdays and those looking for a leisurely indulgence over the weekend. This chic, light, and airy space boasts an extensive array of sweet and savoury products that can be enjoyed in-store or ordered online for takeaway. Their offerings include long fermented organic Khorasan, rye, and multigrain sourdough, and single and double baguettes, baked fresh daily. If you find pleasure in French viennoiseries, their buttery croissants, pain suisse and kouign-amann are a must-try. For patrons with a sweeter tooth, seasonal fruit and banoffee tarts, pistachio and raspberry religieuse, and chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla entremet are among the tempting delights. For a savoury lunch, choose from baguette sandwiches with fillings like house-made pork rillettes, or freshly baked pies and quiches. To uplift your moments of celebration, Frenchies Bakery & Pâtisserie presents a range of Celebration Cakes, including the millefeuille, croquembouche, and pavlova, all made fresh to order. Co-Owner, Thomas Cauquil, shares, “Our approach is to use the highest quality ingredients, showcase classic French baking techniques, and shine a spotlight on fresh, local… Read More

Celebrate World Chocolate Day with a recipe from Le Cordon Bleu

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It’s World Chocolate Day on 7 July and to celebrate, something even more precious than the humble cacao bean is being gifted to us: a recipe from Le Cordon Bleu. Le Cordon Bleu will release a recipe from its global Chocolate Bible. Titled ‘The Marvel’, this mouth-watering chocolate masterpiece features chocolate sponge, caramelised walnut cream, chocolate praline mousse and chocolate shards. Created in 2008, Le Cordon Bleu’s Chocolate Bible contains 180 recipes with a range of techniques illustrated in step-by-step photographs. Le Cordon Bleu Executive Dean, Professor Alan Bowen-James says, “It’s a very rare occurrence for us to release a recipe from the Chocolate Bible, but we thought World Chocolate Day was the perfect opportunity to invite you into Le Cordon Bleu’s decadent world of chocolate. For more information about Le Cordon Bleu and to unleash your inner chef-in-waiting, head to Le Cordon Bleu’s courses section.

Enjoy the Bon Fromage Festival of European Cheeses from the comfort of your own home

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Things are being done a little differently this year, including the Bon Fromage Festival of European Cheeses, which is being held online for the first time.  Running from 21 – 29 November 2020, the virtual festival is a celebration of the finest French fromage and provides cheese lovers with access to order exclusive French cheese packs and participate in free online masterclasses. There are many masterclasses to choose from including Blue Loves, Strong and Stinky, The Classics, Soft and Creamy, and  Elevated Cheese Snacks. Take a look at the full line up here.  These masterclasses are free of charge and you can sign up anytime during the festival.  If you want to take this culinary experience to the next level, there is a limited selection of VIP Packs with exclusive workshops also available. Each VIP Pack and masterclass has been curated by some of Australia’s leading artisanal cheese and beverage merchants including Sydney’s Simon Johnson Quality Foods, Adelaide’s Smelly Cheese Shop, and The Drink Hive. What’s included in the VIP Packs? These exclusive culinary packs and masterclasses are curated by Bon Fromage and some of Australia’s best artisanal cheese and beverage merchants. The packs range between $85-$140 including shipping.  The VIP Packs can be ordered up until Sunday 22 November.  The Drink Hive – a collection of perfectly paired French cheese and wine. Masterclass on Friday 27th November at 7pm. Simon Johnson – a collection of very different French cheeses and paired condiments. Masterclass on Saturday 28th November at 5pm. The Maker and Monger –… Read More

Best crepes in Sydney for Vivid Festival: Four Frogs Creperie

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The countdown is on to Vivid Sydney, where spectacular light exhibitions transform the city over a three week period commencing Friday 24 May. While there will be events taking place all over the city, Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and The Rocks will no doubt take centre stage during this iconic light festival. As the city illuminates from 6pm each evening, you’ll probably want to grab dinner before, after or in between discovering the inspiring light installations. The nights will be cool, so what better way to warm up than indulging in a warm glass of mulled French cider and a delicious crepe at Circular Quay’s Four Frogs Creperie. Founded by four Frenchmen who fell in love with Australia, Four Frogs Creperie is the real deal when it comes to mouth-watering sweet crepes and galettes (savoury crepes). With over 50 variations of a mix of crepes and galettes on offer, even the fussiest eaters amongst us will find something to satisfy. For those seeking a traditional French galette, you can’t go past the La tartiflette which is produced with bacon, Swiss and raclette cheese, potato and onion slow-cooked in cider. You can choose to add an egg to the topping, which is highly recommended if you really want to enjoy the complete ‘la tartiflette’ experience. We’ll also let you in on a very important tip, particularly during those cold evenings by the harbour: the homemade mulled cider is exceptionally good, so why not spoil yourself and order a glass to accompany your meal. Made with… Read More