In my opinion, the main point of differentiation with Adriano Zumbo Patissier's cakes is the incredible variety and combination of flavours. The pairing of savoury tastes (of herbs, spices and salt) with the traditional sweetness of cakes keeps us on our toes and constantly surprised.
So it is an obvious step for Zumbo to present 'Classics with a Twist' - old favourites that are given the 'ooh, what's that?' treatment. Here are some tastes from the 2-week range that graced the patisserie.
Tart Tatin [sic]- apples in sage, brioche pudding, celery jelly, brown sugar crumble.
I really don't know about this one, the sage lends a strange flavour to the apple tartin, and the celery jelly is unusual (you can tell it's celery), but overall, it doesn't work for me.
Belle Helene Millefeuille - Chocolate, mascarpone creme, poached pears, caramelised puff pastry.
The puff pastry in the one I had was slightly burnt, and the chocolate was very rich, so probably not the best of the batch. Not sure where the 'twist' is, maybe it's the chocolate or pear?
Fraisier - Maple pecan creme mousseline, sponge and fresh strawberries.
The maple creme is smooth and honey/maple flavoured. Delightful.
My only criticism is its size - for it's an incredibly small cake for the price ($7.90).
Opera - Coffee-soaked jaconde, coffee buttercream, liquorice ganache, passionfruit ganache.
The liquorice is the twist in this cake (it's the greyish layer), and it contrasts beautifully with the coffee cream. The passionfruit square on top is sour-tangy and perfect. Again, it's a bit small, but worth every bite.
There are several more from this range that I haven't tried yet. I'll try to get them *fingers crossed*, but the range does finish this weekend.