Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Le Cream Puff - A Patisserie Delivery Treat

Getting flowers out of the blue is a treat. A surprise box of chocolates is even better. A box of freshly baked salted caramel filled choux pastries arriving at my door? Well, that just sounds about the best thing ever. We’re lucky enough in Edinburgh to have Le Cream Puff deliver their delicious choux puffs to any address within the Edinburgh city bypass. These delicious bites of light pastry are filled different flavours of crème patisserie and covered in chocolate, icing or a dusting of sugar. If you’ve never had a choux puff before, imagine the loveliest profiterole you’ve ever had and then double your pleasure – these puffs are freshly baked on the day of delivery and have the most amazing flavours. Their core flavours are chocolate, hazelnut, lemon, pistachio, coffee and the most delicious vanilla & salted caramel.

I had a selection of lemon, hazelnut and caramel delivered and was delighted to discover they arrive by bicycle courier (Pronto Pedal Power) and these arrived in a cute wee box with instructions to keep them refrigerated. The lemon was my favourite – a custard with real citrus flavour was delicious with the sweet icing. The caramel was pretty special as well, with a generous dollop of salted caramel sauce inside the crème patisserie, giving it a sticky oozy sweetness. The puffs tasted heavenly and were the perfect wee treat size.  They also have weekly specials which include classic favourites such as banana & chocolate, chocolate & passion fruit, and ‘tiramichoux’ with a nice, fluffy mascarpone cream infused with coffee and amaretto. Other planned weekly specials include the luscious sounding caramelised pineapple and coconut and maple & bacon, which I’d imagine tastes like a bite of American style French toast and I can’t wait to try.

I asked Dan, who co-runs Le Cream Puff about his passion for patisserie and he tells a bittersweet tale. It started with a love affair with Paris and the amazing range of patisserie available there and then exploring France further lead to living in Normandy. Dan and his wife happily settled into their beautiful home, and were soon joined by his father in law, however the best of times sadly turned into the worst of times, and Dan’s father in law became seriously ill. Dan and his wife cared for him until he passed away and baking became a cathartic focus in his life. Working for a local patisserie for six months, Dan learnt to make all kinds of French pastry but maintained a love for choux which continued after a move to Edinburgh. He left his former career in journalism and tv production with plans to start his own choux pastry business and so Le Cream Puff was born!

Le Cream Puff have plans to open their own bakery one day, however for now you can order these little beauties via Facebook or by e-mail to bakery@lecreampuff.com.

4 comments:

  1. I'm sold! I'll be placing my order soon - I really like the sound of the hazelnut!

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    1. The hazelnut one was divine Chiara. DIVINE.

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  2. Oh NO! Patisserie delivery?! I'll never leave my house again!

    Toad & Feather

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    1. I know! It's what will keep me going over Christmas for sure x

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