Tempting Tea Treats
The Pastry Chef Cornwall
Red Letter Days are few and far between during lock down, so it was an exciting moment to welcome Bake Off Professional Finalist Darryl Collins bearing gifts. Following humble beginnings washing dishes at the Tredragon Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Darryl went on to study at St. Austell and Camborne Colleges. His career as a patissier soon took off and saw him building his reputation in top class establishments across the country.
Recognised as one of the industry’s finest, Darryl has returned to his roots and is taking the next big step by launching his online Click & Collect enterprise Yumii Patisserie. To begin with, Darryl will focus his artistic craftsmanship on Afternoon Tea – a delight which has seen a resurgence in popularity. English Afternoon Tea was first introduced in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford who shocked, and quickly impressed, other society ladies by inviting them for tea. The Duchess always felt hungry between lunch and dinner and hit on the idea of serving 4 o’clock afternoon tea with slices of bread and butter and, of course, cake.
Fashions change and things have moved on from those stuffy high society days and Afternoon Tea no longer involves delicate bone china cups or tea drinking – our modern sugary treats are more likely to be served with Prosecco or Gin!
Darryl has created a variety of seriously tempting treats to satisfy every palate, they are so beautifully presented that it seems criminal to bite into them. However, for the purposes of the taste test, someone has to do it. I wasn’t too greedy and shared my bounty with neighbours who enjoyed 2 varieties of Macaron – Salted Caramel and Malted Milk along with another variation of Strawberries and Cream; they also shared a Triple Chocolate Brownie. The unanimous decision was short and to the point - gorgeous and delicious.
I didn’t know where to start on my treats, so I made a blind choice and picked up the Lemon Curd Mini Loaf; Lemon Curd was a sandwich favourite when we were kids but this was Lemon Curd from another planet. Encased in the fluffiest lemon sponge topped with cream cheese and lemon buttercream it was akin to eating fluffy little clouds.
Next up a Classic Eclair filled end to end with vanilla crème patisserie and a sticky chocolate glaze. This is my first éclair in a long time as I find them too thick and heavy, not so the Yummi version which is the lightest and most divine pastry éclair.
And finally a Raspberry and Vanilla Slice - 3 Layers of raspberry jam, the creamiest white chocolate ganache and the softest Victoria sponge which literally melts in the mouth.
Darryl also bakes amazing scones for a proper Cornish Cream Tea.
Starting a new venture in dark times is brave, but Yumii has success written all over it – a Master Patissier with a magic touch, hand making treats that burst on your taste buds like an explosion of fairy dust. What’s not to like?
Yumii Afternoon Tea launches on 10th August with online booking and Click & Collect service, Darryl also offers 1 to 1 coaching and consultations.
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Social Media: Yumii Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yumii_dc/
Yumii Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yumii-Patisserie-1061829311743
Darryl Collins Twitter: https://twitter.com/darrylc72
Yummi APP is live from 10th August 2020 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.stampapp.consumeryumii