Yuzu-Curd Doughnuts

Since visiting Japan yuzu became my favorite citrus fruit with its amazing floral citrus fragrance that you can smell from across a room, and everytime I come across its unique smell I am reminded of the kitchen of Yoshimi Tanigawa in Kyoto where the juice and grated zest was used abundantly when we visited in the [...]

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Chocolate-Caramel-Nougatine Tarts

I spotted this recipe by Francois Payard a while back in a cookbook and what immediately drew my attention to it is the nougatine part. A nougatine is a confection similar to praline made from a light caramel mixed with crushed almonds or hazelnuts, it’s poured onto a baking sheet and when the mixture cools [...]

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Chocolate Soufflé for Valentine’s Day

Here’s for you, little lovebirds. A chocolate soufflé for two, served in a pot. How about that to impress your Valentine? Of course, I would avoid grandma’s rusted old pot and invest in a nice little copper saucepan but look around in your kitchen cabinets, you may already have something perfect for the occasion. I [...]

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Paris-Brest

A Paris-Brest is a traditional French pastry named after an old bicycle race between Paris and the city of Brest in Brittany. The pastry was created in 1910 and its circular shape is meant to represent the wheel of a bicycle. However, it is NOT meant to be used as a spare tire. You’ve be [...]

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Galette des Rois (King Cake)

One of my childhood favorite, a galette des rois is a golden circle of buttery puff pastry filled with almond frangipane, and it is as simple as it is delicious. Inside the cake is a tiny figure or charm called la fève ; the person who gets the charm in his slice is crowned king, [...]

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