November 19, 2016
On a recent trip to Paris, I was inspired by Poilâne's amazing apple tart. I researched recipes online and found one created by Patricia Wells in 1988! I wouldn’t be surprised if the recipe hasn’t changed much. However, I made a few adjustments to the recipe—adding some wholewheat flour and reducing the sugar in the crust, because I believe that this is closer to the current recipe at Poilâne.
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 porcelain pieces.
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.