The Belgian chocolatier’s latest collection of bright and beautiful patisserie – Desires – taste just as vibrant as they look
Pierre Marcolini may be best known for his superlative chocolates, but this year he is returning to his first love, patisserie, for an eye-catching new array of mini cakes.
Taking inspiration from the components of a chocolate bonbon, the colourful creations present a scaled up version of the sweet treat – both in size and in flavour. Available in eleven different hues and flavours, each sees a mix of biscuit, tangy fruit compotes, decadent mousses, ganache or caramel encased in a thin chocolate shell, creating a delicate blend of textures.
Just as the colours span the rainbow, the choices run the gamut of the flavour spectrum. Light and fresh combinations fitting for spring include a modern take on a lemon tart, blending lemon cream with a hazelnut dacquoise and white chocolate shell, as well as classic offerings placing berries at the centre, from strawberry and raspberry versions to a mix of red fruits. For the more adventurous, the Désir Yuzu combines the citrus fruit with similarly eastern-inspired flavours including matcha and a puffed rice Pain de Gênes cake, while in the Fruits Exotiques it is matched with mango, a sesame meringue and vanilla mousse.
Of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without some full-on chocolate indulgence from the bean-to-bar maker. Here it comes in the form of milk chocolate paired with piedmont hazelnut, enhanced further with the addition of caramelised creme brulee and Chantilly cream. For the biggest hit, however, opt for the Désir Chocolat, a black forest biscuit, chocolate cream, and hazelnut and chocolate croustillant centre all encased within a dark chocolate shell.
The collection is available in store at the Pierre Marcolini boutique in Marylebone; marcolini.com