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TASTES & TRADITIONS: THE HOLIDAY SEASON & A SWEET FINALE

By Mara Papatheodorou, Your Tastes & Traditions Expert

 THE TASTES & TRADITIONS OF THE CHOCOLATE OPERA CAKE

The holiday season has arrived and with it comes the decadent delight and appreciation of a sweet finale. And at this time of year, the most popular finish of all seems to involve chocolate. The classic Opera Cake with chocolate ganache makes taste buds sing! It hails from famed French bakery Dalloyau, whose baking heritage goes back to 1632 in the royal court of Louis XIV.

The family gastronomy business continued and in 1802 the Dalloyau Patisserie opened on Rue Fabourg St Honore where it still is today. In the mid 50’s as a tribute to an Opera Ballerina, a patissier from Dallyou created a layered rectangular pastry consisting of sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, made with almond cream and topped with chocolate ganache.  To this day, it remains an eternally classic fantastically French dessert. 

Chocoholics rejoice as the rich chocolate ganache remains present in this modern interpretation of the Opera Cake but a traditional element has been replaced. See what it is!

As a professional chef, you know that divine desserts leave a lasting impression and chocolate hits the mark. For a holiday twist, Executive Pastry Chef Sally Camacho Mueller has taken a classic and added a California touch with her Pistachio Opera Petit-Fours and Mendient Mint Chocolate Discs. Read More >

As a professional chef, you are guaranteed a perfect outcome for your own chocolate creation when you use Matfer’s baking tools! See our Kits for Making Chocolate Tuiles and Discs and other great Matfer chocolate products!


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