Ever thought about what is awaiting you this season in the pastry department? Here are some of the upcoming pastry trends, for the sweet-tooth that is going to hit the market this year, by Chef Vivek Chauhan – Pastry Chef, The Imperial New Delhi. Use of Seasonal ingredientsFresh ingredients accentuate flavor and enhance the taste of patisseries. Seasonal ingredients with fresh herbs, fruits, fruit purees and cress instantly give a garden fresh punch and create an indulgent affair. This trend will see an up rise this year with home bakers to expert chefs, using garden produce in their baking process. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIntroduction of Modern Gastronomic ingredients and techniques:Use of innovative techniques and exotic ingredients had already knocked baking doors and is surely an upcoming trend in the years to come. It not only offers a variety to pastry lovers but also enhances their sensory experience. So whether it is freeze dried fruit or organic vegetables, what comes on plate is unique and exquisite. For instance freeze dried raspberry offers a crunchy taste and sharpness while powdered cheese helps in boosting the flavours, for creating a delectable dessert. Apart from this a texturiser and an airing agent gives volume to one’s bakery innovation. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIntroduction of Dietary Allergens:Labelling of 14 potential allergens as per the European Law started in 2014 itself. This will be an asset in Indian hospitality industry too with increasing number of foreign travelers and guests having different set of allergies. It is important to adequately label each product offering to make the guest/customer aware of the ingredients used in making it. For instance: Lime Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote and Chocolate Soil (G) –Gluten,(E)-Egg ,(M) –Milk Health in pastries Use of high fibre content, sugar alternatives like honey, palm sugar, jaggery amongst others are much loved by people who opt for healthy variants while pleasing their sweet tooth. Boxed baking ingredients delivered to one’s doorsteps for healthy cooking, like in Europe, will also be soon seen in India. 2017 will also see come back of traditional recipes crafted in new versions.Innovations in Restaurant DessertsInnovation is the key when we talk of baking. From flavours to presentations everything makes for an experience especially when the awareness is high amongst people looking for luxury dining. Fresh home-made breads, artisan breads, palates bursting with essence, have raised the bar of expectations and will surely evolve further in the coming years. Even the ways Petit Fours are presented with a meal now make for a lasting impression.Regeneration ovens for buffetsBuffets are becoming more formal and dining more eloquent now, making one feel truly special and taken care. Use of regeneration ovens has added on to the experience of relishing hot deserts in big volumes. The ovens retain the food serving temperature till plated, satiating you to the last bite.Exotic PatisseriesFrench pastries and cakes will see an upsurge in produce and demand accompanied by generous use of herbs and select ingredients. One can look for some awesome unheard innovations in this year.