Monday, January 4, 2016

A pastry year in review and looking ahead

Wow!  It's already January 4 (one of Steve's favorite lines after the new year is "this year is flying by!), and I'm excited about a couple of recently purchased pastry books, compliments of a Schuler's gift certificate from my book lover husband.

Here's a little new-book-preview before I look back at some of the favorite things that I baked in 2015.

Dominique Ansel's The Secret Recipes caught my eye, not because of his cronut fame, but because he shares the history of his pastry profession as well as some of his innovative recipes.  I've just started working my way through the book, and I'm already inspired.

Samantha Seneviratne's the new sugar & spice spoke to me since I'm always trying to think a bit outside the box when it comes to spices and flavor combos.  And her stories of family life in Sri Lanka only serve to enhance the collection of recipes that focus on specific spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and more.




And so I look forward to plunging into some new baking adventures.

The cover recipe of Samantha's book is first on my list - pistachio and chocolate butter cake.  Of course I must get some cardamom in the house!




Dominique's "magic soufflé" looks really interesting (and challenging) - brioche dough wrapped around a chocolate ganache filling - man oh man, that should be fun.  I love doing new things with brioche dough, so stay tuned folks!




Now here's a brief pictorial of some of the favorites from this past year.

Galette des rois . . . .


served with chantilly, toasted almonds, fresh citrus and caramel drizzle.


My first English muffins . . . .


served toasted with butter and jam.


Brioche craquelins . . . .


oh so citrusy and crunchy with a crumb to die for.


 Chocolate génoise entremet . . . .


Golden raisin toast apple tart . . . .


Millefeuille chocolat . . . .


 Tarte aux fruits rouge pistache. . . . 


Cannelés bordelais . . . .


Crunchy topped choux  . . . .


Rustic summer crostata . . . .


Gateau Breton . . . .

au naturale
and . . . .

avec crème d'amandes et confiture
Tea flavored shortbread . . . .


Thanksgiving citrus cream tart . . . .


And last but not least a Christmas coconut cream tart . . . .


But I simply can't sign off without a reminder of the perennial favorites . . . .

croissant et pain au chocolat


chausson aux pommes

croissant aux amandes

kouign-amann

Here's to a fantastic year of baking and pastry for 2016!!

1 comment:

  1. Everything is so perfect, happy I found your blog , blessings !

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