Speaking of the chestnuts, the first thing that comes to my mind is always Mont Blanc Cake. And out of the numerous chestnuts mountains conquered, this globe-shaped Mont Blanc left an indelible impression till today.
There is none of that typical wiggles, only a clean smooth outer layer that wrapped a surprising fruit within - Apricot.
Honestly, the pairing of a summer stone fruit with an autumn nut did not sound quite right to me at first. However, the resulting effect was a pleasant twist on things when the apricot merely added a very mild bittersweet jam taste and did not make this a sugar overkill
But what I love more is the award winning Maple Gateau (600 yen) created by Pastry Chef Katsuhiro Nakano for Competition de Gateaux a L'erable, a special maple cake competition.
This is a delightful combination of apple cubes, hazelnut and maple sweetness, with smooth and crunchy textures all in one. Nothing too aggressive here, just some sticky sweet autumn aroma that evokes nostalgic blues and remind me that the year is coming to another closure again.
Pastry Boutique @ Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055