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Pithiviers for the Epiphany

In cake, nuts, pastry, Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 at 13:29

Week 45 | January 3, 2011

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Happy New Year! Welcome back!

It’s good to be back in the kitchen at the start of a new year. Scrolling back through the archive of treats I realize it has almost been a full year since I started Bakery Bites. What a year it has been, and more to come!

It is the perfect week to introduce pithiviers. I made a version of these way back in March using chocolate pastry and pistachio cream filling. This time I’ll stick with tradition and pair it with the backstory.

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Sable Breton & Ganache Mini Cake

In cake, chocolate, pastry, recipe, Uncategorized on September 20, 2010 at 08:23

Week 32 | 9.22.2010


I’ve been spending much too much time thinking about homemade graham crackers in the past few days. My dear friend, who can apparently read my mind & mood, invited me to come along to a fire-pit s’more eating event last night. A delicious, toasty & bright evening of meeting new friends and smelling of campfire (and making my pillow smell of campfire…). All this to say I’ve been inspired by meringue, chocolate and a sticky-sweet child’s dessert.

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Cherry, Chocolate & Hazelnut Napoleon

In chocolate, custard, fruit, nuts, pastry on June 15, 2010 at 08:49

Week 18 | 6.14.2010

I spent the past week waging war on the blistering heat with ice cream experiments. That leaves me LOTS OF EGG WHITES. Not quite ready to launch into another round of macarons, but a light meringue speckled with some chocolate cake crumbles and toasty hazelnuts might be just the thing. It seems condemnable to rely only on nuts and chocolate when the markets are overflowing with ripe fruit. I’ll find a way to sneak some cherries into the mix.

Tartlette pics from last week soon to come!

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Fruit Galettes

In fruit, pastry, tart on April 19, 2010 at 11:01

Week 10 | 4.19.2010

It is an awkward in-between season for fresh fruit. Whichever fruit (screams) out to me the loudest when I visit the market will make it into these little rustic tarts. Most likely I won’t be able to decide, in which case a variety of galettes will be made : )

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Puff Pastry

In pastry, recipe on April 11, 2010 at 11:09

Pâté feuilletée. Hm, where to begin. Prepare for a wordy post.

Puff pastry is a delicious base for any number of sweet or savory pastries. It’s hard to go wrong when you start off with a pound of butter! Despite its impressive puffy transformation from 1/8″ to inch(es) and the laminating technique of layering butter between the flour-water detrempe, the dough is not difficult to make.

The recipe below is from a one-day pastry class with the owner of La Bedaine, a tiny French bakery-deli-prepared meals shop on Solano Ave. in North Berkeley. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun-dried Tomato & Ricotta Vols-au-vent

In cheese, pastry, savory on April 3, 2010 at 19:26

Week 8 | 4.5.2010

Vols-au-vent, “blown by the wind”. What a playful image. It reminds me of the Dutch phrase Uitwaaien, “walking in the wind for fun,” from the fun language book In Other Words. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Eclairs

In chocolate, custard, pastry on March 28, 2010 at 09:37

Week 7 | 3.29.2010

Let’s talk eclairs. I love eclairs. I don’t remember how I first came across them – something along the lines of my mom bringing home a fancy treat for us kids to try…

Not all eclairs are made equal. The variations appear in endless combinations of cream-filled ugh, and custard-filled, chocolate or vanilla, glazed with fondant or glazed with ganache, skinny and fat forms… A few years ago I scouted out a perfect eclair, a pretty stellar creation from the iconic Tartine Bakery of the SF Mission district. Puffy, eggy choux dough, runny vanilla custard, thick and dense dark ganache, and a sprinkling of cocoa for some glamor. Read the rest of this entry »

New Indie Bakery!

In chocolate, pastry on March 16, 2010 at 18:41

A mention from BumblebeeLabs dinner party review from last Saturday. My pithiviers from last week made it onto the dessert menu =D

“Luckily for me, I wasn’t in charge of the dessert course. One of the guests is friends with the founder of Bakery Bites, this awesome indie bakery in Berkeley. The concept is every week, they make a different bakery treat and sell them through their website. These were pretty awesome and it was great that I didn’t have to think about dessert.”

Chocolate Pistachio Pithiviers

In chocolate, nuts, pastry on March 6, 2010 at 12:07

Week 4 | 3.11.2010

I baked up a pithivier to send to my sister last week so the finished product can be viewed ahead of time!

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