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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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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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Plum & Cream Roulade

In cake, fruit on June 29, 2010 at 07:22

Week 20 | 6.28.2010

Small, sour plums are raining down from above. Thud, squish, thud… The garden is a sticky mess with plums peeking out, between the rosemary and behind the kale like Easter eggs on a hunt. That’s just fine, I’ve jammed and jarred them in retaliation with a nugget of ginger and a few handfuls of sugar. Read the rest of this entry »

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, 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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Croque Monsieur Tart

In cheese, savory, tart on June 2, 2010 at 10:29

Week 16 | 5.31.2010

It’s picnic time! The weather is beautiful and warm again, never a better time to be outdoors enjoying the sun.

Savory tarts make the perfect picnic food, an exciting alternative to a ham and cheese sandwich. But simple ham and cheese can also be wonderful! The Croque monsieur, French for “Mister Crunch?” is a hot sandwich of melted swiss cheese and ham.  I’ll be dressing it up a tiny bit more with a flaky crust and an eggy custard to hold together the bits of ham and cheese.

Let’s picnic!

Thursday

Gluten-free tart shell. It works? It works! Flaky, flavorful, buttery and tender. Gluten-free (baking) is the latest rage. A mix of half a dozen different flour alternatives – brown rice, quinoa, spelt, tapicoa, potato – mustard, eggs and herbs for flavor, and a good knob of trusty butter to keep it all together.

Cheese and ham speak for themselves.

* Where’s the picture? Ooops… Excitement + forgetfulness = no photo this week.

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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Gougères

In cheese, savory on May 10, 2010 at 20:19

Week 13 | 5.10.2010

It’s the last week of school. Ready, set, go! Bakery Bites, I’m ready to take you to another level…

I have received several more requests for savory bites since vols-au-vent week. Excellent. Savory pastries often means adding cheese. “Cheese Gromit! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!” Read the rest of this entry »

Quince Financiers (Friands)

In cake, fruit, nuts on April 12, 2010 at 10:09

Week 9 | 4.12.2010

There used to be a small European bakery in my hometown that my mom would bring us girls to on occasional weekends. An Indian restaurant has since moved in but I still remember the almond teacakes that we would buy by the piece when we visited, the best I’ve tasted. Read the rest of this entry »