Here are some more of Adriano Zumbo's Summer collection. They weren't in the store when I got my first fix, but one of the benefits of living local is being able to drop into the patisserie when the mood strikes. And it strikes, oh, a couple of times a week...
First, we have 'Alessia, I like big buns'. I saw this on the Zumbo description sheet and was fascinated by the name most of all, then by the ingredients. Then I actually saw the cake and, wow, it looks fantastic.
So how does it taste? Unfortunately it didn't do it for me. The green pistachio creme mousseline tastes like marzipan (not my fave), and the centre of pale yellow Dijon mustard creme Anglaise is unusual but does not go with the rest of the cake. The strip of brown dukkah in the centre is crunchy and not unpleasant. To me, the best part of the cake are the fresh raspberries around the edge. All up, I'd give this one 8/10 for looks, and 4/10 for taste.
Picture below is of a sleeping Tabitha cat being used as a TV tray:
Today, we had 'Nancy's Crumbed Cloud'. Like the previous Clouds, it is meringue on citrus in a sable shell. This one has citrus curd, yoghurt and green apple pieces. The meringue was sort of runny on the one I had, though I did like the 'crumbed cauliflower meringue', which were crunchy bits on the meringue, blowtorched to a dark hue. There was a hint of gas or butane in it that reminded me of a barbeque, for some reason.
I give this one 7/10 for looks, and 7/10 for taste.
And have you seen Adriano Zumbo's feature in Gourmet Traveller (Dec 2009)? Lots of Christmas sweets that are as exotic as they are picturesque - passionfruit, lychee and coconut buche de Noel, anyone? Yes, please!