Chefs Eat Toasties Too is a celebration of that most enduring of comfort foods, the toasted sandwich - but taken to new heights by internationally renowned chef Darren Purchese.
While crafting elaborate dessert and pastry confections by day, by night Darren secretly perfects the art of the toasted sandwich. In this book, he reveals 50 of his masterful creations: from the the perfect Maple Bacon, Pear & Camembert on Sourdough, to his Pulled Pork, Fennel Slaw & Chilli Mayo Sliders on Brioche Buns. He has also developed sweet recipes for the ultimate in comforting indulgence, such as Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Salt on Olive Bread, Apple, Vanilla & Lemon Parcels and Salted Caramel on Sourdough. For those wishing to take their toasties to truly cheffy heights, there are even recipes to make the condiments from scratch, including pear dressing, pickled onions & chutney, chilli caramelised onions, vanilla cherries and rose raspberries.
Chefs Eat Toasties Too caters for all manner of cooking methods: from grill, to pan, to sandwich press, to oven. Now, the guiltiest foodie pleasure can be perfected with pride!
British-born pastry chef Darren Purchese has won a loyal, enviable following over five years with his Sweet Studio Burch & Purchese, on Chapel Street in Melbourne. Together with wife Cath Claringbold, he has built a reputation for stunning feats of sugary deliciousness combining jellies, sponges, mousses, cream, crumbles and spreads. Many creations are works of art as much as they are a birthday cake or celebration dessert. Darren has played a prominent role on MasterChef over successive years (he was responsible for the passionflower pressure test, one of the highest rating episodes in 2015), and had a cameo role in Neighbours in 2015 - playing himself. With Lamingtons & Lemon Tart, his most recent book, he demonstrated to fans that he was not all about high-end theatrics in the kitchen - and that he loves comfort food and treats as much as the next sweet tooth. Chefs Eat Toasties Too is an extension of that premise, filled with delicious and inventive sandwich combinations that he loves to eat.