Payard's Mikado Cake
I wanted to make a spectacular dessert for yesterday's dinner, so I turned to Francois Payard's "Simply Sensational Desserts" and settled on his Mikado Cake. It was a smashing success, even though I failed miserably at making chocolate "cigarettes" and ended up with simple shavings instead.
Layers of hazelnut meringue, praline paste (I substituted Nutella), bittersweet chocolate mousse and dark chocolate glaze.
I have had great success with the Payard dessert book and highly recommend it. I often make the apricot tea cakes that are sold in the store and featured in the book. However, the recipe called for small papers to bake them in and I found the cakes stuck to them. I emiled payard and he suggested I go to J.B.Prince and purchase flexipans, as that is what they use at the bakery. It was worth doing as the recipe is easy, but delicious and impressive on a dessert buffet.