Gateau Breton

It's only fair to share…This is a very simple cake with rum-soaked prunes.  Do not overwork the dough — it is meant to be quite crumbly.  Also, fight the impulse to add water to the dough when mixing it. I found it perfect for breakfast.  Here is a brief slideshow to demonstrate assembly.  The recipe…

Pave au Chocolat and Financiers

It's only fair to share…Continuing on my French patisserie journey…If you are looking for an easy way to enter the world of truffle-making this is it.  Pave au chocolate  are essentially named after pavers or bricks because they resemble little bricks in a cobblestone road.  This is taken from “Patisserie made Simple.”  You simply make…

Chocolate Baklava Redux

It's only fair to share…For Valentine’s day I decided to revisit chocolate baklava and create a how-to-assemble slideshow.  It is my husband’s all-time favorite dessert and he’s been begging me to make it for a long time so this is part of his Valentine’s day present. Refer to my original post for the recipe. Tips:…

Rough Puff Pastry Part Deux: Chausson aux Pommes or Apple Turnovers

It's only fair to share…This morning, I pulled out some of the rough puff pastry I made yesterday and set out on another adventure for breakfast.  Again,this recipe is  taken from Edd Kimber’s book, “Patisserie Made Simple.” Here is a brief slideshow on how to assemble apple turnovers.  One thing I modified was to glaze…

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