February 26, 2017

Cult of the Cruffin {Review of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse}

Sign inside Mr. Holmes Bakehouse 

Normally I am suspicious of establishments that attract visitors with red lights. Casinos and houses of ill-repute come to mind. However I forgive Mr. Holmes Bakehouse for this offense because they make incredibly delicious French p√Ętisserie (including some innovative modern twists). The pastry chefs obviously had French training, and the pastries are as good as those you'd find in France. Delightfully fresh and made with the finest ingredients including plenty of butter, Mr. Holmes pastries are truly irresistible. 

January 12, 2017

Chocolate-Apricot Tart {La Maison du Chocolat Recipe}

Creative rendition of the Maison du Chocolat recipe for Chocolate-Apricot Tart with handmade chocolate decor.

Chocoholics, be forewarned! This tart is addictive. The recipe comes from La Maison du Chocolate, my all-time favorite chocolatier in Paris, which means it is my favorite shop in the entire world! La Maison du Chocolate (House of Chocolate) was created by Robert Linxe, the renowned Parisian chocolatier who is legendary for his perfection of the chocolate-making craft, especially his exquisite chocolate truffles. 

December 16, 2016

French Gingerbread Cake {"Pain d'Epices" Recipe}

Aromatic spice-laden "pain d'epices" (gingerbread) is a traditional cake with an illustrious history. Gingerbread dates back to the Middle Ages when European Crusaders returned from the East with ginger and other spices. This recipe is adapted from a version made by P√Ętisserie Lerch, a well-known pasty shop in Paris. Six different spices (allspice, anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg) give the cake a beautiful fragrance. Especially satisfying on chilly days, gingerbread cake is delicious served toasted with butter to accompany tea or coffee. Whipped cream also makes a perfect pairing with the warm cake.