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How to Make Chocolate Éclairs: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Recipe

How to Make Chocolate Éclairs: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Recipe

Have you heard that éclairs are the new macarons? The classic dainty French pastry, described by the Larousse Gastronomique as a “small elongated pastry made with choux pastry, filled with cream, and glazed with fondant,” has taken the pastry world by storm this year. For most of its 160 years of existence, the éclair was aContinue Reading

How to Make Gougères, a Step-By-Step Recipe (With Flavor Variations)

How to Make Gougères, a Step-By-Step Recipe (With Flavor Variations)

I have long been addicted to gougères. These cheesy savory choux-like confections that are light as air, with a slight crunch on the outside and a moist, tender interior are like the posh version of cheese puffs and they taste better than your favorite cheese crackers. They’re the perfect finger food, guaranteed to wow guestsContinue Reading

{Food on Film} See How a French Artisan Makes Croissants and Classic Danish Pastries

{Food on Film} See How a French Artisan Makes Croissants and Classic Danish Pastries

Usually, the first thing we do after dropping our bags in Paris is to go out to our favorite neighborhood café for a petit déj’, the classic Parisian breakfast. Consisting of an orange pressée (freshly pressed orange juice), coffee and either a croissant or tartines (sliced baguette with butter and jam), I find it theContinue Reading

Artichoke and Prosciutto Lasagna (and How to Prepare Artichokes)

Artichoke and Prosciutto Lasagna (and How to Prepare Artichokes)

No, Sicily is not out of my head yet. Do you remember the gorgeous, fresh artichokes I saw at the market? Seeing mountains of these gorgeous buds on display every day made me long to find a Sicily-inspired, artichoke-based dish to make once I got back home. I found this recipe for Artichoke and ProsciuttoContinue Reading

March 20, 2012: Happy Macaron Day!

March 20, 2012: Happy Macaron Day!

What a sweet day it is when you get the excuse to indulge in delicious, colorful macarons! Macaron Day was created 7 years ago by Pierre Hermé in Paris to celebrate the French delicacy, but especially to benefit a good cause. On March 20 every year, dozens of pastry shops around Paris give away macarons,Continue Reading