BAKE, Thailand's most exciting and stylish contemporary bakeries, is serving up some fresh secret-recipe desserts for chocolate lovers to sample and share. A perfect treat for Valentine's Day, or any special occasion needing a sweet indulgence.
WOW! Chocolate is a crispy dark chocolate orb that contains a multi-layered burst of flavour with each bite. WOW! brings together five different recipes into a singular, beautifully glazed dessert that looksalmost too precious to eat.
But try it you must, and with each nibble the mix of biscuit, praline wafer and chocolate cream dance together in your mouth for a memorable taste. At the core is a sweet surprise - an Earl Grey tea crème brûlée that accompanies the semi-bitter chocolate cream and adds a rich, creamy texture.
For BAKE's Jivara Milk Crispy Log, a unique, finely-honed process is also at work to create this rectangle of confection perfection. Soft chocolate sponge, cream, a hand-made crispy almond paste and Jivara milk chocolate are layered and topped by a sprinkling of cocoa powder and a signature BAKE white chocolate square.
BAKE's chocolate dessert secret recipes have been created by Executive Pastry and Bakery Chef Felix Mueller and his team, who worked hard to find the best-quality ingredients and perfect their techniques to make just the right blend of taste and texture.
Chef Felix brings nearly three decades of experience in conveying great tastes to food lovers, from his childhood family cafe in Germany to the world's finest patisserie and confectionery shops including Peters Pralines and Jaedicke in Germany, Sprüngli in Switzerland, and Harrods of London. Since joining BAKE two years ago, his inventive flair has made it Phuket's premier spot for divine desserts.
The process of creating a BAKE chocolate dessert starts well before the blending of ingredients in the kitchen. Chocolate-making is as intricate an art as that of creating a fine wine.
BAKE sources its raw chocolate from French premium chocolate maker Valrhona, which has its own secret method for roasting and blending the cocoa beans. The beans, in turn, have been selected from the world's most renowned and distinctive cacao plantations.
WOW! Chocolate's foremost ingredient is Guanaja dark chocolate cream, named after the Caribbean island where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502, which has an intense, rich and lingering taste.
The Jivara milk chocolate cream used to make the Crispy Log, meanwhile, comes from exceptionally aromatic and powerful beans chosen from the Forasteros plantations of Central America. Its characteristic flavour, with caramel and vanilla notes, makes Jivara a highly sought-after product for chocolate connoisseurs.
In a world where the mass-market junk-food makers are selling cheap sugary snacks that they deceptively brand as 'chocolate', BAKE is a welcome refuge for those who love real food and appreciate the craft and skill in creating a truly divine taste. Using only the world's best, purest ingredients, BAKE desserts are a flavourful, natural escape from an over-processed world.
These dark desserts may look simple at first glance, but like any great design, deep within are an amazing complexity and variety of flavours at work. The sheer effort involved from plucking the cocoa from the tree to processing the beans to the alluring dessert appearing on your plate and the many stages of development in between is a fascinating creative process that has been built up from centuries of cumulative knowledge.
Romance, indulgence, art, passion - all superbly presented in a single chocolate treat. Savour our chocolate, savour the pleasures of life ... at BAKE!
WOW! Chocolate and Jivara Milk Crispy Log, plus a great selection of other gourmet desserts, are available at both BAKE Chalong and BAKE Cherng Talay.
26/6-7 Moo 6, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: 076 381 461, Fax: 076 383 405
58 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket
Tel: 076 271 016, Fax: 076 325 673
BAKE British International School
58 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Rd., Koh Keaw, Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: 076 204 012