A new éclair, frosted berry French toast and croque monsieur are among the creations in Patisserie Valerie’s autumn/winter menu.

The business has teamed up with former Bake Off: The Professionals contestant Reshmi Bennett, from cake makers Anges de Sucre, to launch new items:

  • Winter Spiced Cheesecake: with a biscuit crumb base topped with an orange spice cream cheese, finished with golden candied pecans. This will also be available as a whole cake.
  • Hand-dipped éclairs: two éclairs in pink raspberry and green pistachio
  • Salted Caramel & Chocolate Bombean: an all-butter chocolate pastry case filled with salted caramel and dark chocolate ganache, topped with a chocolate cremeux dome coated in rich dark chocolate ganache. It is finished with salted caramel Swiss meringue buttercream.

Bennett said she was excited to collaborate with the Patisserie Valerie team on the collection.

“It’s amazing to be able to push the boundaries and share these flavours and designs nationwide. I really hope people enjoy what we’ve done,” she added.

Patisserie Valerie is also extending its all-day brunch menu with a brioche French toast with either frosted berries or crispy bacon and maple syrup.

And the company has partnered with Neal’s Yard Dairy, which is supplying two English cheeses, Ogelshield and Montgomery Cheddar, for Patisserie Valerie’s new croque monsieur. The sandwich also contains béchamel sauce, cured Wiltshire ham or mushroom, and is finished with freshly grated nutmeg.

Patisserie Valerie is now trading from 75 sites following the collapse of owner Patisserie Holdings in January. Dublin-based private equity firm Causeway Capital bought Patisserie Valerie in February.

“We’re really pleased to launch this collection which marks a bold step,” said Patisserie Valerie managing director Paolo Peretti.

“It’s great to be able to partner with fantastic producers and suppliers like Neal’s Yard and talented pastry chefs like Reshmi. Working with like-minded partners like this will really help Patisserie Valerie to deliver amazing quality and creativity for our customers throughout the country.”

The business is also launching new-look branding and packaging in 12 of its flagship stores at the end of the year, with a planned roll-out across the rest of the company in 2020.