Choux Far, So Good
Cream puffs with a cookie crust and macarons inspired by nature: Class of 2020 CIA graduate Ashwathy S Kumar’s bid to enthrall tastebuds
Newly launched in February 2021, Even If is a home-based artisanal dessert business helmed by The Culinary Institute of America graduate and pastry chef, Ms Ashwathy S Kumar, selling Choux au Craquelin by the box.
Ashwathy’s Choux au Craquelin are essentially cream puffs with a cookie crust, bearing an assortment of luscious fillings. They come in a set of four at $38; the flavours are Raspberry Passionfruit, Pistachio Orange, Hazelnut Espresso, and Salted Cheese Earl Grey. “I like that each ingredient has its own unique flavour and together with its ideal pair, they create a symphony of flavours in each bite,” she said.
Her love for pastry began at 15 when she experimented with making a cake that turned out to be “a disaster”. Following her curiosity into the culinary world, she went on to complete Temasek Polytechnic’s Culinary & Catering Management diploma course before taking a gap year to work in a cake studio, and finally enrolling in The Culinary Institute of America’s baking and pastry degree programme offered at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). She said her 3-week trip to California as part of her CIA programme further deepened her love for the culinary world. “I loved how passionate the individuals were for their craft, and in educating people about what they did.” The trip also helped her to really understand the process behind her creations and the ingredients she works with, said Ashwathy, who graduated in 2020.
A New Treat for Mother’s Day
Even If will be debuting its newest product – macarons (set of 6 for $28) for their exclusive Mother’s Day collaborations with Singapore-based creatives such as Papeteree and Autumnlust. The flavours include Oolong White Chocolate, Cassis Lemon, Pistachio Cranberry, Caramelised Cheesecake, Earl Grey Orange and Smoked Chocolate. The macarons will stay on the menu after Mother’s Day weekend, and there are plans to expand the product range.
Even If currently operates on a bake sale model, with sets being released for sale on a weekly basis, till they sell out. Get your hands on delectable creations via the weekly bake sales on Even If’s website at www.evenifsg.com.