February 8, 2014

Austin's Trace eatery gets new pastry chefAustin’s Trace eatery just welcomed a new pastry chef, Angel Begaye, to its kitchen. According to Zagat, Begaye recently showcased her baking chops by celebrating National Pie Day on Jan. 23. She placed individually portioned banana, chocolate and peanut butter pies inside jars, among others, to honor the holiday. While those treats were only available for a day, she is lending her talents to Trace’s prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.

As the ultimate finish to Trace’s four-course dinner that includes tempting entrees such as seafood risotto, gulf snapper and south Texas antelope loin, there will be three special dessert dishes available. If you like a mix of sweet and savory you can enjoy Begaye’s Sweetheart Coconut and Basil Escape, which includes a coconut sponge, basil vanilla panna cotta and blackberry creameaux. Another richer dessert option is the Romantic Chocolate Decadence. This treat consists of a blackout cake, Kallari dark chocolate mousse and chocolate caramel tuille. Lastly, if you prefer a fruitier end to your meal, you can enjoy the Hearts Full of Love Gateaux, which is made of raspberry jaconde, framboise creme and white chocolate raspberry macaroon.

If you attend Austin pastry school you most likely can understand the jargon used on Begaye’s menu. If not, check out baking and pastry classes to learn more.