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Just a little bit about me and why I started this blog. I’m a middle-class, middle-aged (ok-maybe Late-aged!), mid-western retiree, and I can tell you why I’m doing this in just 2 words. Bucket List. Yep. I always wanted to learn to make exquisite little desserts to WOW my friends and family….so I better get at it before it’s too late !
I picked the recipe book “Modern French Pastry” by Cheryl Wakerhauser for 2 reasons. One, it’s only 41 recipes. Do-able (I hope). And Two, each recipe is rated by difficulty. Although the book is laid out by category chapters, such as Cakes, Tarts, etc…… I intend to do them in order of difficulty, starting from least difficult to most.
Each week I will try to recreate these recipes, starting with the picture from the book, of how it SHOULD look, following by one of how it turned out, along with comments from my tasters, any problems,and tips! Let’s start this journey !
Remember this? These Pate a Choux balls were served on a sweet tart crust with a mint pastry cream. I thought they looked so festive when I made them for the tart….so this time I just filled them with a little raspberry jam and made them solo. They maybe aren’t as vibrant as I wouldContinue reading “6th Adaptation: Confetti”
This was sooo pretty the first time I did it, but sooo time consuming. I rounded off some corners, but yeah. Still time consuming. Here’s what they looked like after my first attempt… Now…. And before I cut them… I used a cake mix on this one with a layer of premade pie crust inContinue reading “5th Adaptation: Cancale”
Remember these ? They were one of the first recipes I tried. There was whipped ganache infused with tea, chocolate almond tart dough and candied orange peel. Not terribly difficult, but who really has that kind of time? These were fun to remake because I really made them easy and my hubby LOVED them. First….skipContinue reading “4th Adaptation: Earl grey Napoleons”