August 16, 2016
"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Summer afternoon tea parties are the loveliest of occasions! Refreshing fruit tarts make an appearance for the season, and even on a warm day, a hot beverage served in fancy tea party-worthy vintage china is a welcome luxury. For a fashionable touch, try channeling Parisian-tea-party-style with dainty French-made porcelain pieces from Bernardaud or Haviland.
May 5, 2016
In the repertoire of French pâtisserie, the tarte aux fraises is considered a basic dessert. In fact, this was one of the first recipes taught in my Cordon Bleu pâtisserie diploma course in Paris. Yet sometimes the simplest of preparations are the very best. This is especially true of strawberry tart if made in season when the fruit is at peak ripeness. In France during May and June, beautiful berry tarts are displayed in the windows of pâtisserie boutiques, often enticing passersby to enter the shop.
December 18, 2015
Every year in autumn when barrels of apples fill up produce stands, I begin to think about the various desserts that I will bake with the different varieties. I have several favorite apple recipes on my list: classic apple tart, Tarte Tatin and Ina Garten's Apple Crostata. But this French grandmother's-style apple-spice cake is unique and special. It's especially satisfying served with coffee or tea on a chilly December day.