Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Cakes and Pastries

The celebrated chef pays tribute to the satisfying extravagance of cakes and pastries with a recipe for lemon tea cake and the secrets of the perfect macarons.

Celebrated chef Raymond Blanc welcomes the cameras back into his working Oxfordshire kitchen to share the culinary secrets he has collected and cherished over the past 35 years. The programme features a variety of recipes for cooks of all abilities that are inspiring and achievable.

In this episode Raymond pays tribute to the sweetly satisfying extravagance of cakes and pastries. To kick off, a feather-light lemon tea cake, generously coated in sticky apricot jam and a tangy lemon glaze.

Next pure chocolate indulgence - crisp, fluffy choux pastry filled with a cooling chocolate cream and covered with a glossy chocolate icing. The secrets of the perfect macarons - the fashionable and delectable almond based pastries - are shared and used to decorate a flourless chocolate cake.

For the finale, Piece Montee Croquembouche: the quintessential French celebration cakes that stand a metre tall. Raymond also goes to Paris to visit protégé and world famous patissiere Laurent Duchene.

30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Raymond Blanc
Executive Producer Chloe Soloman
Series Producer Melanie Jappy


  • Mon 28 Feb 2011 20:30
  • Sat 5 Mar 2011 11:30
  • Thu 18 Aug 2011 01:00
  • Fri 22 Mar 2013 15:50
  • Fri 22 Mar 2013 15:55
  • Sat 24 May 2014 13:00