What do strawberry marshmallows, lemon drizzle croissants, and salted caramel have in common? They’re all made by our fantastic Blogger of the Month Angela from Patisserie Makes Perfect. We love the story of how she started creating her baking masterpieces and wanted to share this with you.
Angela started her blogging journey when she was gifted a selection of cookery books for Christmas in 2013. This sparked her interest in blogging as she decided to teach herself the fundamentals of patisserie and share her experience via her blog. She keeps surprising us with delicious treats every time since then!
We reached out to Angela and wanted to learn more about the person behind the fantastic culinary treasures. Here’s what she had to say:
1. What inspired you to start your blog?
I began my blog ‘Patisserie Makes Perfect’ after an evening course in Patisserie & Confectionery at my local college was cancelled. Nowhere local ran an alternative course, so I decided I would use my blog to teach myself patisserie. I chose to tackle a recipe a week, working through chapters from a number of patisserie books and documenting it all online. I only planned to blog for a year, to mirror the length of the course, but I ended up enjoying it so much, I’ve decided to continue.
2. Where do you find inspiration for recipes?
I find inspiration from a number of patissiers, William & Suzue Curley, Philippe Conticini and Christophe Michalak. I also take inspiration from other bloggers, seasonal ingredients and adapting British classic flavours.
3. What is your favourite recipe in your blog and why?
My favourite recipe is probably a Stout & Salted Caramel Opera, I love craft beer and salted caramel is one of my favourite ingredients. So to combine the two was food heaven for me. The other reason I like this recipe is because it’s one of the most professional looking things I’ve made. The chocolate decorations were very successful and the colour contrast in the layers looked great.
4. What would be your dream destination regarding food?
It has to be France doesn’t it! Sampling the patisserie and visiting the cooking shops to buy moulds and supplies you just can’t get hold of in the UK.
5. What was your most spectacular kitchen fail?
It has to be choux pastry. It’s my nemesis. I’m getting close to mastering it, but I once tried to make éclairs and I made the pastry 3 times over before I got something barely edible.
We hope you love this blog as much as we do, visit Patisserie Makes Perfect to see for yourself. Also, check out our previous featured bloggers like Culinary Canvas, The Kitchen Shed or Well Worn Whisk. Get in touch if you know any other bloggers out there who deserve a mention, simply comment below with your thoughts and don’t forget to tune in next month where we reveal the next URBAN eat blog of the month.