French Buttercream, which is a rich and velvety cream, is made using the technique called Pâte à bombe.
Pâte à bombe is a French term for a base which is necessary in many recipes which call for raw eggs.
In order to pasteurize the eggs, a hot syrup is made which is added to the whisked yolks. The syrup must boil until it reaches the softball stage. If you have a candy thermometre, the ideal temperature should reach around 120o – 125o C.
Because of the yolks, the buttercream has a yellowish colour.
This buttercream can be used as a filling for cakes, to sandwich biscuits or macarons, as a frosting on top of cupcakes, etc.
This buttercream can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container for upto two weeks or in the freezer for a couple of months.
In order to use it, bring it back to room temperature. Never heat it in any way.
Don’t discard the egg whites. You can store them in he fridge for a few days or for months in the freezer. I had some leftover in the freezer which I thawed and used these ones the next day to make my husband’s birthday cake.
Apart from the French buttercream, this mixture is also used to make ice cream, mousse desserts, tiramissu, semi freddo, parfait and many more.
French Buttercream using a Pâte à Bombe Base
Adapted from Washoku.guide
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 ¾ cup buttercream
- 60 grams sugar
- 30 ml (2 tbsp) water
- 4 egg yolks
- 250 grams butter, room temperature
- ¼ tsp citrus essence
- Put the sugar with water in a frying pan or a small pot and bring to a boil mixing now and then.
- When it starts bubbling turn the heat off. It is ready just before it starts caramelizing (softball stage).
- If you have a candy thermometre, the ideal temperature should reach around 120o – 125o C.
- Beat the egg yolks with a hand mixer until they become creamy.
- While whisking the yolks, add the syrup gradually. Set aside to cool.
- Add the butter gradually and whisk until incorporated. Finally add the flavour you prefer and mix.
- Cover with cling film and refrigerate until ready to use.
The first recipe I made with this buttercream was a birthday cake for my husband. Recipe will be posted separately.
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