March 31, 2017

Lavender Honey Madeleines {Simple Recipe}

Little shell-shaped cakes, madeleines are a classic French treat to serve with tea. Marcel Proust immortalized the madeleine in a famous passage of his novel Remembrance of Things Past: "squat, plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines," which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted valve of a scallop shell.

But don't be intimidated by the literary pedigree. The elegant look and rich, buttery flavor belies a simple preparation.  Madeleines are so simple to prepare that even beginning bakers can produce perfect results.

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.