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Sometimes you gotta make a tart

Sometimes I will see a recipe for a dessert so spectacularly wonderful that I just have to make it despite knowing that the process will be a continual uphill battle. This particular dessert that I am sharing with you today is a really good example. It’s in the middle of summer in Adelaide, and we are experiencing typical heatwave conditions where temperatures are up around the mid-40’s (close to 110˚F), so it’s reasonably hot. In weather conditions like this, there are certain things one should not make. Shortcrust pastry is one of those things. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Paris-Brest

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!! I hope that you all are having a wonderful day so far and Santa Claus has brought you some awesome pressies! I thought I’d sneak in a quick post to show you what I’ve made for Christmas lunch dessert this year. I picked this particular recipe for two reasons: 1) the name indicates that it’s a French dessert, and I love all things Frenchy, and 2) the Paris-Brest looks a lot like a wreath so it ties in well with the Christmassy theme. Read more…

When at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

I’m a real glutton for punishment. I love to push and challenge myself, but with that attitude comes a tendency to fail when doing things for the first time….a lot. I’m not very good at accepting failure, so I try, and try, and try again until I succeed. This is certainly the attitude to have when attempting croissants. I am obsessed with French baked goods. Now that I am reasonably confident with making macarons, I decided that I needed to up the ante and attempt something a little more difficult. Read more…

A tribute to Bastille Day: The croquembouche

Today, being the 14th of July marks Bastille Day, a French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution. Being a massive Francophile, I couldn’t let today go by without making something Frenchy inspired. I wanted to make something that was as much of a celebration as Bastille Day itself, and nothing encompasses a celebration better than the croquembouche! Read more…

I really miss berries….

It’s starting to feel like winter in Adelaide. It’s cold, grey, rainy….rather miserable actually. And as much as I love this time of year because you can make a lot of great comfort food dishes, I can’t help but yearn for a bit of sunshine and some of the fruits and veggies that go along with summer. In particular, I’m very fond of berries. In a previous post, I talked about using frozen berries as an alternative for when they are not in season. But sometimes frozen berries aren’t enough. Read more…

These are a few of my favourite things – Paris

There is no way I can create a category to blog about my favourite things without dedicating a post to Paris. Yes, I know Paris is not a thing, but it certainly tops my ‘favourites’ list. I fell in love with this city two years ago, when my partner took me to Paris as part of my first trip to Europe. Paris was always a city that I wanted to visit, as I’m sure this is the case for many people, but I never imagined how much this city would affect me from the first moment I stepped off the train at Gare de Lyon. I felt like I was arriving home. Read more…

Challenge Coffee Éclairs

Another challenge flittered into my inbox in the form of a request from a work colleague. “Cooking Chook, can you make something with coffee in it?” the email read. Hmmmm…something with coffee *ponderous look* I was flicking through my stack of recipes recently and saw something that I hadn’t made in a very long time – choux pastry, in particular, éclairs. Being a lover of all things French, this was the perfect recipe to not only satisfy my own greedy desires but also help a friend in need of a coffee inspired dessert. So, here you go Arsha – this one is for you. Read more…

Yearny chocolate croissants

As I mentioned in a previous post, my love affair with all things Frenchy began a couple of years ago. After attending my first pâtisserie cooking class earlier this week, seeing all the Frenchy pictures hanging on the kitchen walls and hearing the French accent of the pâtissier made me feel a bit yearny for France. Yearny for all the great things I enjoyed about France, in particular the pastries. During my last trip to Paris, I would have at least three or four pastries just to start each day. I couldn’t help myself. They were so buttery and tasty. My favourite French pastry has to be the pain au chocolat, also known as the chocolate croissant. Read more…

Pâtisserie course at Mulots Pâtisserie Adelaide – Review

Being a massive Francophile and a lover of food, I’ve had a love affair with French pastries ever since my first trip to France a couple years ago. There’s something about French pastries (probably the massive amounts of butter and sugar) that immediately takes me to my happy place. *sigh* Since then, I have always wanted to do some sort of pâtisserie course but had no idea where to find one. As with everything I do, I decided to do a bit of research (I am a scientist at heart after all) to find what was available in Adelaide. I wanted something casual; no need for a recognised certificate or diploma, but I wanted to learn from a true Pâtissier. That’s when I came across Mulots Pâtisserie located just south of the CBD in the trendy suburb of Hyde Park. Read more…

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