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Choux Temptations

Choux Temptations

Choux pastry is one of the most versatile ingredients that you can work with when it comes to pastry. It’s not difficult to make, but it is something that sounds a bit intimidating, so many people don’t jump in and try it when they could be making straightforward cookies and cupcakes. Once you’ve made it, however, you will realize just how easy it is to ... Read More »

Paris Brest with Espresso Cream

Paris Brest with Cream Filling

Paris Brest are a type of pastry that I encountered on my trip to Paris last year. The pastries were created in 1891 in honor of a bike race that ran from Paris to Brest, a city on the Western coast of France. They are made of pate a choux that is piped into ring shapes to mimic the shape of a bicycle tire, as ... Read More »

Toasted Coconut Glazed Crullers

Coconut Crullers

When you walk into a donut shop, you see lots of familiar treats. There are cake donuts with a variety of sprinkles, crumbs and glazes. There are crackly old fashioned donuts, also made with cake donut dough, that have a lot of texture to them. There are yeasted donuts in all kinds of rings, twists and swirls, with glazes, sparkling sugars and other toppings. There ... Read More »

Chouquettes

Chouquettes

I was shopping at Sur la Table the other day when I overheard a saleswoman trying to help a young French woman find a specific type of sugar for a recipe she wanted to make. There was a little bit of a communication problem taking place and as I listened in (I happened to be standing next to them and also looking at baking products, ... Read More »

Low Fat Vanilla Pastry Cream and Mini Eclairs

Pasty cream, or creme patissiere, is one of the staples of a pastry chef. It is basically a thinner, sometime richer type of custard. It is most often used to fill things like donuts and eclairs, but it can be used as the base for a fruit tart or many other desserts. Another great use for it is in pain au raisin. The key thing ... Read More »

Choux Pastry for Cream Puffs

Today was not the most exciting day in class due to the fact that I spent much of my time sitting around waiting. We made souffles and choux pastry. I’ve done souffles before, both at a chooking class and at home, so they were nothing new to me. We made cheese souffles with gruyere, which were not very interesting. I also found them to be ... Read More »

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