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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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Fig, Goat Cheese & Thyme Shortbreads

In breakfast, cookie, fruit, nuts on December 16, 2010 at 16:20

Week 42 | 12.16.2010

Wow, what an incredible outcome. This is an involved, multi-step pastry but much of it can be prepared in steps ahead of time. Figgy jam poached in wine and spices, sweetened goat cheese layer, herb-citrus shortbread and a nutty crumble topping. Too much? You might think so until taking a bite, and then another, and perhaps a tiny slice more.

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Matcha Sables (& Financiers)

In cookie, nuts on October 21, 2010 at 07:06

Week 35 | 10.21.2010

Oh my goodness, is it already Thursday? It’s been a hectic few days and I haven’t managed to pull together a post for this week yet. Luckily in anticipation, I’ve already prepped my sable dough and financier batter, which are awaiting afternoon baking in my fridge. Smile, pat on the back.

Matcha. Maccha? 抹茶. I love the fragrance and slight bitterness of this musty-green tea powder. I recall my trip to Japan – my traveling group and I met with a couple of Japanese students and observed a traditional matcha ceremony. The thick, frothy liquid that we were offered was rich and bitter, no milkiness or sugar to dilute the flavor.

But…I will be adding both butter and sugar (and eating my French-style cookies with a cup of milk tea). Afternoon come sooner!

Almond Poppyseed Teacake

In breakfast, cake, fruit, nuts on October 12, 2010 at 12:48

Week 34 | 10.12.2010
It WAS cold, a few days ago when I thought of this treat. Cold enough to dream about a cup of tea warming my hands at any hour of the day. Tea with a teacake… at least that was the plan. Today it’s hot hot hot. I had the fan rumbling at 6:30 this morning, not a baking mood. But maybe you can persuade me.

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Lemon & White Chocolate Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, fruit, nuts on October 4, 2010 at 10:52

Week 33 | 10.4.2010


Another week for macarons. Why? Because they’re all the rage, and fun to make. I’ll be trying a different flavor (no surprises here) with some lemon zest ground in the almonds and lemon curd folded with white chocolate ganache for the innards – at least that’s the plan. Stay tuned!

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Oven Out-of-Service – a Trio of Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, nuts, Uncategorized on August 25, 2010 at 14:19

Week 28 | 8.25.2010
Oh oven, we were getting along so well. I made a batch of macarons for a dinner party, then another, and then another. We were having such a good time together that I decided to make a chocolate granola snack to round out our day-long companionship. But somewhere in between macaron batch #3 and rotating the granola at the halfway point, you gave up on me and turned cold…

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French Macarons II

In chocolate, cookie, fruit on June 23, 2010 at 07:44

Week 19 | 6.21.2010

About a month ago I dished out the latest American trend in French treats. Macarons. (Find a fun pronunciation guide here). They’re everywhere, but still not enough to go around! So here they are again.

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Cherry Pistachio Frangipane Tart

In fruit, nuts, tart on May 26, 2010 at 09:57

Week 15 | 5.24.2010

Summer is truly rolling in (regardless of how the weather chooses to protest). Classes are finished, the garden is planted, and cherries have made their way to the market! All of these are reason enough to smile.

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French Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, nuts on May 22, 2010 at 10:04

Week 14 | 5.17.2010

Macarons, macarons.

These darling little bugger cookies have a bunch of despicable characteristics. They are temperamental and inconsistent. Yet in spite of their drama, French macarons, with their nutty shells and creamy, yielding fillings are small mouthfuls of casual sophistication. Plus I’ve discovered after many a batch that they taste a lot better after all the trouble I spend fussing over them.


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Caramelized Almond Tartlette

In nuts, tart on May 4, 2010 at 18:50

Week 12 | 5.3.2010

I’ve been enjoying my nearly routine switching-off between cake and tarts – there are so many treats to explore of each kind. However I think next week may be a return to the savory side, so get ready.

Meanwhile it’s another week for sweets. I love the combination of almonds and caramel, or caramelized almonds – praline, brittle, toasty in granola, in a recent ice cream I sampled… Almonds and caramel make a happy match. And for me, nothing makes a better base for such a happy match than a tart : ) Read the rest of this entry »