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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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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In Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 06:09
Bakery Bites Launch
I’m sure you’ve experienced my passion for food, feeding people, cooking and baking. With the encouragement of my sister, I’m trying my hand at offering up my baked goods for sale. My plan is to provide students with delicious, unique treats, at student-friendly prices. For my first month trial period I’ll be selling my goods at a discount rate ($1-4!) in exchange for your honest feedback. I’ll supply the edibles, you guys, the commentary. By the end of February, if the response is good, I will roll out the goods at a slightly increased (to cover costs, but still affordable) price to the general public. Invite your friends!
Here’s how it works: Each week I will bake 1-2 bakery bites, such as: cream, fruit or chocolate tarts, small cakes, French pastries – shortbreads, napoleons, & financiers (nut butter cakes)… the works! Some you’ll never have heard of before, but I promise that they’ll all be worth consuming.
I will send out a Facebook and email update to a subscription list on (SATURDAY) with the pastry of the week and a brief description for order by (MONDAY) midnight. Common allergens like nuts will be noted in the description if they are in the ingredients. Feel free to email me for more ingredient details. By (THURSDAY) your pastry will be ready for pick up at Southside location of the corner parking lot of Dwight & College Ave. (The lot borders a pink house & is filled with Zipcar or City Carshare vehicles.) Or you can feel free to come by my Northside apartment later on Thursday afternoon, or by pre-arrangement. Times and details for pickups TBA. (Locations may change if demand grows or better suggestions are offered)
With any luck I will introduce you to some new favorites and develop my skills along the way. I would also greatly appreciate your help in telling your friends in the area about my endeavor. I will offer a free sample along with your order to share with any friends you’d like to introduce to “Bakery Bites”. Just make a note to me in your order and provide their name and email.
Stay posted for the first week of treats!