Cronut so 2013, eclairs treat du jour

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

The reign of the cup­cake, the mac­a­roon and the cronut is over. The clas­sic eclair has taken the sweet treat throne.

Martha’s Pantry owner and high tea ex­pert Mary McLeod serves at least 100 high teas a week and has seen the com­ing and go­ing of many trends in the bak­ing world.

‘‘It’s a 21st Cen­tury thing that we like change,’’ she said.

‘‘ In the past it was very much tra­di­tional things, [but] so­cial me­dia makes for rapid trend changes.’’

McLeod, who opened Martha’s Pantry seven years ago, said both mac­a­roons and cup­cakes were reg­u­lar fea­tures of their popular high tea.

She said they ex­per­i­mented last year with the now popular eclairs, but the cream filled del­i­cacy did not take then.

De­spite the trends, McLeod and her team fo­cused on the New Zealand clas­sics, be­cause they were child­hood favourites. ‘‘That’s what peo­ple love.’’ She said scones were al­ways popular and chil­dren could never go past an iced treat.

High teas have be­come a trendy thing to do on a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or just as an ex­cuse to hang out with the girl­friends.

‘‘They treat it as a spe­cial oc­ca­sion – they wear their best clothes and their pearls, which we love,’’ McLeod said.

The eclair is en­joy­ing its mo­ment on the top tier, but what will be the next baked good to rise to sweet treat fame? Ru­mour on the street is the biskie, a com­bi­na­tion of the best bits of a cookie, cake and a bis­cuit.

Tea fame: Martha’s Pantry owner, right, Mary McLeod with her star baker, Le Cor­don Bleu grad­u­ate, Sarah Simp­son.

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