Baking Chez Moi

Baking Chez Moi

Recipes From My Paris Home to your Home Anywhere

Book - 2014
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Greenspan explores the world of French desserts, bringing together a mix of contemporary recipes, including original creations based on traditional and regional specialties, and drawing on seasonal ingredients, market visits, and her travels throughout the country.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780547724249
Characteristics: ix, 477 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


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Oct 22, 2018

I first heard about this book through the recipe for Custardy Apple Squares, a magical kind of pudding made of thinly sliced apples and a light batter. The title brought to my mind the legendary French yogurt cake that's supposedly the only thing French people bake at home because it's so extremely simple and good. I hoped the rest of the recipes would be equally simple. Instead, this is a collection of recipes for recreating elaborate French bakery treats at home. Most of them are way too fussy for me (so many different pans and molds!) and/or don't really appeal. Ms. Greenspan's favorite is a tartlet filled with custard and fresh fruit, which wouldn't take me out of my way, and then there are a lot of chocolate recipes--our tastes don't match. I've enjoyed her other books but I can't see myself using this one again.

mauve_butterfly_265 Jun 06, 2015

I cannot wait to use the this book all the recipes...I probably will have cavity afterward:)

Feb 24, 2015

How I would love to have the time & room in my kitchen to make every recipe in the book. As Ms Greenspan says, the French don't bake at home much--they don't need to!

Most of the recipes are more complex than beginner bakers might be willing to attempt. But I would.

Feb 23, 2015

Dorie Greenspan's books always make me picture Dorie in my kitchen coaching me while I bake. She's saying, "Go on girl, you got this. No problems." She writes about each recipe so that anyone can make the presented treat. And everything I've baked from her books has been delicious.

Dec 09, 2014

A most wonderful and varied array of glorious desserts. Some are simple some more elaborate but all within scope of home baker. She is a most accommodating cook offering substitutes for ingredients etc. This is a keeper.

ksoles Nov 26, 2014

The fact that Julia Child asked her to write the compendium of baking techniques and recipes to "Baking with Julia" (1996) notwithstanding, Dorie Greenspan has developed a diverse fan club because of her incredible understanding of French and American desserts. In her newest book, "Baking Chez Moi," Greenspan deconstructs the illustrious and intimidating facade of French patisserie.

Apparently, it took Greenspan five years to collect the recipes for this book; her French friends showed reluctance to hand over their secret methods claiming, "You don't want this recipe - it's too simple." But therein lies the point: this book does not tout recipes to slave over all day. Instead, within its pages readers will find weekend cakes, custards, and sablés. Nary a sheet of homemade puff pastry in sight.

Though simple to prepare, these recipes boast complex, interesting flavour combinations as evidenced by Slow-Roasted Spiced Pineapple with liquor, pink peppercorns, and fresh ginger; custardy, chocolate crunch-topped Cream Cheese and Toast Tartlets and Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars. Throughout, Dorie displays a genuine desire for her readers to succeed. She walks us gently through the recipes and proves that we can create delicious products using free estimation, ignoring weights and measuring cups. Certainly, the book will attract thrill-seeking, experienced bakers too: think chocolate-glazed, chocolate-filled, multi-layered Carrément Chocolat.

Furthermore, Greenspan gives practical advice on serving and storing your finished product, offers tips on timing and equipment and suggests ways to personalize each dish. Finally, she asserts that the desserts "do not have to impress anyone." What a relief to know that these dishes aren't meant to be perfect.

Nov 25, 2014

I enjoyed the recipes in the book. My one complaint is there were not enough pictures. I like having a visual with any recipe I try.

Nov 20, 2014

Wonderful and lush recipes both simple and more challenging from an expert baker that gives you a taste of France and the travel stories accompanying the recipes are fun too. Try the plum tart...magnifique!


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