Bak­ing Made Easy

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style Food Chef, baker and patissier Lor­raine Pascale used to be a model. When she gave up the cat­walk, the still at­trac­tive black woman tells us she tried her hand at all kinds of things, in­clud­ing be­ing a car me­chanic and an in­te­rior de­signer. Then she found cook­ing, and wham bam, her own show. Who said it doesn’t pay to be good-look­ing if you want a ca­reer in TV? All right, Pascale trained as a chef so she has as much right as any­one to host her own show. First up, the quick­est and eas­i­est thing she knows how to bake — parme­san and pop­py­seed lol­lipops. Pascale ad­mits they sound crazy but is cer­tain they are the per­fect canape. At least they look ed­i­ble. Then there’s her soda bread — no knead­ing, no ris­ing. Or what about her blueberry and lemon cream mille-feuille, fol­lowed by in­fal­li­ble short­crust pas­try for a fig, cream cheese and mint tart. But wait, there’s more. For the big fin­ish, her ‘‘ I can’t be­lieve you made that’’ choco­late cake, be­cause that’s ex­actly what peo­ple say. I can’t be­lieve it ei­ther.

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