#Trendspotting: Mumbai’s Current Favourite Confection, That’s What You ‘Choux’d Be Eating!

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Remember the time when every birthday at the office was celebrated with mini cupcakes? We all lapped those up, and every neighbourhood aunty started a cupcake business which we willingly patronized. All was well until macarons came along and stole the show, in exotic flavours like sea-salt and passion fruit. Next thing you know, every birth announcement and bridal shower invitation was accompanied by a cute little box of colourful macarons. Safe to say, that Mumbai’s food scene is just as frivolous and fickle as its fashion industry. We may care a little less about our waistlines, but we’re just as eager to welcome new trends! No one’s complaining; change is good. Currently, choux pastry seems to be enjoying the limelight. Still eating a macaron? Sorry hon, that’s so last season!

Eclairs, image courtesy My Little Kettle
Eclairs, image courtesy My Little Kettle

What is choux pastry, you ask? Pardon the French; they spell things funny. The word is pronounced ‘shoo’. It’s not actually the name of one particular confection, but it’s a find of soft, light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth pastry, which is used to make profiteroles, éclairs, French crullers and other delicious treats. Made with a simple combination of butter, water, eggs and flour, but oh so delicious! Sweet elements like butter cream, custard, ganache, frosting, etc. are stuffed in or smeared on top to make desserts with choux pastry.

Butterscotch Crunch Choux from Knead with Love
Butterscotch Crunch Choux from Knead with Love

Richa Lulla, of Knead with Love, and is one of the first home bakers to put these delicious desserts on her menu. I spoke to her about the trend and she made an extremely valid point, Choux pastry has always been served at old bakeries in Mumbai but I guess no one gave them too much importance. Even now a lot of people aren’t aware that profiteroles and eclairs are actually choux pastry.” So don’t sweat it, you’ve all tasted the trend and just didn’t know it. And if you haven’t, just get in touch with Richa. She’s makes profiteroles in six different flavours, including caramel & cashew crunch, and delivers across Mumbai. Contact her on 98334 80814 or email [email protected].

Choux from le 15 patisserie, image courtesy Loves Life Food
Choux from le 15 patisserie, image courtesy Loves Life Food

Le 15 Patisserie, who are always right on the money with dessert trends, began serving profiteroles sometime last year. Just like their cupcakes and macarons, these became an instant hit. They’re definitely one of their most popular items today. Almost every single person I spoke to in light of this story swore by them. Le 15 makes three different flavours, hazelnut, red velvet and Belgian chocolate. They’re light and small, so you’ll probably be able to eat one of each, and then some more!

Profiteroles, image courtesy La Folie
Profiteroles, image courtesy La Folie

Keeping in mind the current trend, La Folie, Kala Ghoda’s newest patisserie has announced an entire festival to choux pastry. The haute patisserie aims at blending fashion and culinary trends, to create visually stunning and exquisitely crafted confections. Now this festival is creating a buzz. La Folie is always innovating and experimenting” they explained, “Choux is the next ‘it’ dessert. It has been described as the next big thing in the dessert world. We thought of having a choux festival so people could come experience what choux pastry is all about. Our collection is inspired by the haute trends in fashion couture of pastels and metallics.”

Edible art, at La Folie
Edible art, at La Folie

During this festival La Folie will serve profiteroles, éclairs and St. Honore tarts in a variety of flavours such as damask rose, lemon curd and strawberry, red velvet, black sesame, praline nutella, dark chocolate truffle cream and more. This is one culinary festival you definitely must attend, and if it’s any consolation, choux based desserts are typically lighter and healthier than most other desserts. The festival starts on the 27th of May and ends on the 1st of June, and judging by the sneak preview, this is one culinary event to look forward to! Check our their Facebook page for more.

The Bombay Baking Co., Sugar Overdose and Gaylord are some of the other bakeries where you can try some choux. Dig in and enjoy this delicious trend while it lasts! Be quick about it though, like all good things, this one too shall pass.

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