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'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

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'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

PEPPERMINT: Chef Katie Lusk presents the luxurious Peppermint Dusit Signature Cake, available whole for $40 and $8 per slice. The cake is layered with gluten free chocolate decadence, white chocolate peppermint mousse and covered with red cocoa butter spray. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

PRESENTING PISTACHIO: Chef Marivic Capati displays the Pistachio Strawberry Present ($45). Strawberry shortcake is paired with pistachio mousse and covered with white mirror glaze and colored cocoa butter spray. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Like Santa’s’ elves at the North Pole the pastry department at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort has been working around the clock to churn out unique, gourmet pastries for the holiday season. While the staff of 20 lead by Pastry Chef Katie Lusk is currently busy creating the delectable treats to be unveiled the day after Thanksgiving, the planning started many months in advance.

“We started in January of this year coming up with ideas and then we did our tasting in August. So we have pretty much had this all set ... for about half a year," Lusk said. "We pretty much finished Christmas last year and then started thinking about Christmas for this year right away." 

For the second year in a row the Dusit pastry department has rolled out incredible creations to wow the holiday crowds.

“Nothing looks exactly like it did last year," she said.

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

PLENTIFUL PUMPKIN FLAVORS: The Pumpkin Pecan Tart is built on a base of caramelized pecans and layered with pumpkin filling and topped with Chantilly cream. Individual 4-inch pies are $6, and full 8" pies are $35. It's topped with a signature Dusit chocolate. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Customers request: More to love 

This year, Lusk said they researched new trends from around the world for a contemporary look.

“Pastries have come a long way. They are very modern nowadays. So we try and grab inspiration from everywhere,” she said, “We are trying to do some new techniques ... that people have not seen before. That is always our goal.”

To help them reach that goal, they went to their customers and factored their feedback to help ensure they produce more of what customers love.

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

COCONUT: The Coconut Crunch Igloo ($6) is built with coconut mousse, vanilla coconut crunch and coconut jelly. The bottom is fringed with coconut flakes. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“One of the big (pieces of advice) we got was there was not enough cake it is all very moussey so with our new Yule Logs we added some cake inside,” Lusk said.

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

CREATORS: Pastry chefs Katie Lusk, left, and Marivic Capati create new pastries every year for Christmas. The new pastries will be available tomorrow. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Classic holiday flavors and local and tropical tastes can be found in the Mango and Lime, Cookies and Cream, and Red Velvet Yule logs; a perfect addition to any holiday party or family feast. The Pecan Pumpkin Tart blended the “best of both worlds,” she said.

Yummy and fun for all ages 

Lusk and her team kept the aesthetics sophisticated yet fun to appeal to adults and children.

“I think that is where some of the decorations come into play. Like the Santa hat for instance, it looks very classy but kids will recognize that right away,” she said.

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

OH SO VELVET: The Red Velvet Mousse Cake is available by the slice for $8 and the entire log is $35. The interior layers consist of red velvet sponge cake, cream cheese frosting, raspberry marmalade and white chocolate mousse. It's decorated with gold crunchies and white chocolate shavings. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

MAKE IT DOUBLE: The Double Chocolate Ornament ($7) is chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache and covered in a chocolate/gold wrap. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The realistic Caramel Chocolate Santa Hat is made with chocolate mousse with a caramel filled truffle in the center.

“So when you cut it open the caramel oozes out of it,” Lusk said.

Coconut marshmallow is piped along the brim of the hat and a fluffy marshmallow pompom placed is placed atop. It's an example, she said, of staying up-to-date with trends "so we can keep things nice and modern.”

Keeping it light

Lusk and the team thoughtfully approached each dessert taking care to let the flavors shine.

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

LAYERS OF FLAVORS: The Red Velvet Mousse Cake is $8 per slice. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

AT THE CORE: The interior of the Coconut Crunch Igloo is filled with creme brulee and coconut mousse. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

"People try our desserts and they are like wow this isn't as sweet but it still tastes really good and still feels like you are eating dessert but you are not getting that heavy feel," she said. "It’s not as sweet and you can taste the flavors of each ingredient. It’s not just a sugar bomb in your mouth." 

'Tis the season for Gourmet holiday pastries from Dusit Thani

SCRUMPTIOUS SANTA HAT: The Chocolate Caramel Santa Hat ($7) is topped with a house-made coconut marshmallow and consists of chocolate mousse surrounding a caramel truffle. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The pastries come in a variety of sizes so smaller items can be served individually like the adorable Coconut Crunch Cake igloos and the Peppermint Éclairs topped with crushed peppermint sticks. Hand decorated extra-large Gingerbread cookies also make a great stocking stuffer.

Whatever your heart and sweet tooth desires this season, the Dusit Thani pastry department is ready to deliver this Friday.

“We have our Christmas tree lighting the same night so everything will be ready to go before the tree lighting so when people come for the tree lighting this will all be available for them to purchase,” Lusk said.

Sweet.

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