ffwd – Happy Birthday Dorie! Palets de Dames

This week in our French Fridays with Dorie group, instead of making a recipe from Around My French Table, we were able to chose one of four recipes from Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook, Baking Che Moi. All of them looked wonderful, and I would like to make the other three when I have a bit … Continue reading ffwd – Happy Birthday Dorie! Palets de Dames

ffwd – gâteau basque

Home made strawberry jam, wrapped in a crunchy, buttery cookie-like cake. An oh so elegant version of a simple jam cake. That said, this was really quite easy, split into 2 steps, with a chill in between, But it made for a dramatic presentation. The dough was simple: butter; brown and white sugars; vanilla and … Continue reading ffwd – gâteau basque

ffwd – vistadine

This cake was a revelation. I didn't really love the concept of a cake in a pie plate, and while the photo in the book looked yummy with the berries and cream - well, the berries and cream looked like they were the highlight. And then, it looked super easy - with just a few … Continue reading ffwd – vistadine

ffwd – butter and rum crepes

I might as well just start with... this was an epic fail. I made the batter ahead. I felt fairly confident that they would be nice. But I just couldn't get them to cook right. I haven't made crepes for a long time, and to be honest, probably my most consistent efforts have been using … Continue reading ffwd – butter and rum crepes

ffwd – baked apples filled with fruit and nuts

Baked apples are a real favorite. This particular recipe does take it to another level by adding chopped dried fruits and nuts, along with a bit of honey. In this preparation, the apples are cored partially, and then peeled halfway. The exposed flesh gets a wash of lemon juice. The fruit (here cranberry, cherry and … Continue reading ffwd – baked apples filled with fruit and nuts

ffwd – orange almond tuiles

I got a bit of a late start on these this week, and have been interrupted by a couple of circumstances in get my post done. These cookies are easy enough to put together. I was surprised that it was only orange juice for the orange flavor, I was completely expecting to get out my … Continue reading ffwd – orange almond tuiles

ffwd – sugar-crusted french toast

French Toast. Real French Toast. I suppose. This is definitely a different version than I would typically find here in the states. But, then again, this is also presented as dessert. The real departure is the amount of sugar in the egg batter. Here we have eggs, an egg yolk (I only made 1/3 recipe), cream … Continue reading ffwd – sugar-crusted french toast

ffwd – compote de pommes (two ways)

I've made this recipe a number of times. It really is applesauce, and growing up in the midwest, that was certainly something I made as a kid as well. It's simple and homey - but also a great alternative in the fall & winter to my normal berries over yogurt with home made granola for breakfast. Plus … Continue reading ffwd – compote de pommes (two ways)

ffwd – Happy Birthday Dorie! World Peace Cookies

I have been wanting to make these cookies for a very long time, but just haven't gotten there. So, for Dorie's birthday, as I thought about what recipe to make as a treat for her celebration, I thought about these cookies. Cookies, as opposed to other treats, seem to be a good fit, since Dorie bakes … Continue reading ffwd – Happy Birthday Dorie! World Peace Cookies

Whole Meyer-Lemon Tart

This is one of the easiest, and most delicious recipes for a dessert that I've made. The crust is oh-so-simple, and the filling is just as easy. The real trick, though, is a meyer lemon. I've tried making this with regular lemons (even using only the zest and the fruit/juice), but it really isn't as … Continue reading Whole Meyer-Lemon Tart