Sweet corn masala and tartelette a la mangue

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A fusion version of the Indian dal masala (lentil curry). Really quick and easy. And a gorgeous dessert.

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Stir-fried sweet corn with green soy beans and onion, The spices are a dal masala mix and turmeric.

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Added enoki mushrooms, and some greens (umaina). A little lemon juice.

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The earthiness of the soy beans.

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The sweet freshness of corn.

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With leftovers of dough for the gâteaux basques, I baked the crust of a tartelette and a few cookies. On the crust, big dices of mango. Plus a pinch of ground salt and hot chili. You have to try that, just a pinch on mango, and it enhances spectacularly the flavor of a fruit that is already delicious.
Great dessert.

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Etxeko biskotxa : the Basque pie invasion !

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My etxeko biskotxa. Home-made gâteau basque. No, you’re never too rich. Particularly if you’re a cake. Or if the currency of your fortune is a delicious specialty…

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Yes. I have 5 ! But they are small. And I shared. And they could have been bigger and I could have not shared and eaten them all too…

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Vanilla cream. This is the classic ! There is a good recipe given by the museum dedicated to this pastry.

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Framboise (raspberry) and cassis (black currants). Bought jams.

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Home-made ume plum jam to fill the 4th type :

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Yes, that makes 5. There were 2 vanilla ones.

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Desserts de France…

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Les crêpes !
Crêpes Suzette mandarineCrêpes boisettes (berry) Crêpes little sunCrêpes soufflées tropicales

More : crêpes compilation (sweet and savory)

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Noël et Rois (Xmas and Kings) :
Pompe à l’huile (sweet fougasse)Nonnettes (fluffy gingerbread)Flocon de neige (snowflake cake)Nougat glacé (honey ice-cream) Galette des Rois (Kings’ cake)Galette des Rois au chocolat

More : Christmas dessert compilation

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Les fruits !
Poire pochée au chocolat Baked pineappleFruity papilloteTartelette aux figuesPomme lampion (baked apple) Crémet aux fruits rouges

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Classiques :
GénoiseCygne et choux (cream puffs and swan) MillefeuilleTarte au chocolat Religieuse (cream puff “nun”)

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Regions :
Brioche de Pâques (Easter bread, Provence)Gâteau de Metz (retro chocolate cake, Lorraine)Croustade or Pastis aux pommes (apple pie, Gascogne) Millas (corn and pumpkin, South-West) Farz fourn (butter cake, Bretagne)

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Chocolat.
Coffee sunglassesGâteau truffe aux kumquatsWhite chocolate cinnamon apple cake Raspeberry choco-carob cake

More chocolate sweets.

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Festifs.
Pets de nonne (‘farting nun’ carnival donuts)Mango coco millefeuilleStar anise mandarin chocolate tarte Crémet in mint sauceGâteau de la bergère (Shepherd’s cake made with potato) Petits flans a la betterave (sweet beetroot puddings)

More ? French dessert compilation.

Cygne et choux, puffy swan

Cygne is the name of this cake, it’s swan in French. I need to precise as mine could be a turkey as well… It’s kitsch like an after-school salon de thé visit with granny. They were proposing those when I was a kid…

Kat of The Bobwhites was our August 2012 Daring Baker hostess who inspired us to have fun in creating pate a choux shapes, filled with crème patisserie or Chantilly cream. We were encouraged to create swans or any shape we wanted and to go crazy with filling flavors allowing our creativity to go wild!

BTW, I’ve opened a Daring Baker Pinterest Board. Mostly my posts now, but I’ll add others’ progressively.

So, let’s go, mon chou. The recipe is already here (click on text) :

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Well, the puffs. Very simple, I eyeball ingredients : water, oil, flour, eggs… a little salt, sugar, vanilla. I shape with the hands like a kid with playdo. So that doesn’t look pro.

I garnished them with Chantilly, vanilla flavored whipped cream (veg’ version), slightly colored in red.

Decorated with sugar.

Variations…

La religieuse… de Pise. Pisa tower style…

The bad gag is those jewel sugar lose their color on the cream…

Gourmandises updated

The compilation “Desserts Francais – French Desserts” got a lifting… well for the photos. This is a popular post often revisited, so that was necessary. I hope you enjoy it.
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Eternel fraisier

Voila !
It’s not the season, but freezers make strawberries available year round. They don’t look so nice on the sides. But it’s really good !

It’s this month Daring Baker’s Challenge.
Jana of Cherry Tea Cakes was our July Daring Bakers’ host and she challenges us to make Fresh Frasiers.

Freshly baked genoise cake.
Click for my recipe (very simple).

It was easy to slice it in 2 and punch with a mix of water and raspberry liquor.

Closer ?

Here you are. The cream is creme mousseline :
standard custard creme patissiere (milk, egg, sugar, vanilla, cornstarch) + unsalted butter (softened with fork).
Proportion is 2:1.

La génoise apprivoisée (taming the genoise)

My first génoise ! YEAH !
It’s really silly but that took me decades to decide to make one. I was sure that sponge cake was very difficult to make without pro equipment and I don’t even have an electric egg beater.
I was wrong !

The shape is nice for a first try, I think. I didn’t even put paper in the mold. I only greased it with butter. No problem to get the cake out.

In addition as my kitchen scale is broken, I totally eyeballed ingredients.

1 egg (medium size)
3 tablespoons (very full) of flour
3 tbs of sugar (or vanilla sugar , or sugar + vanilla essence)
1 tbs of unsalted butter

Prepare the flour (sieve it). Put the butter in a cup. Break the egg in a metal bowl, add the sugar, beat.
-Bring a saucepan 2/3 full of water to boil, stop.
Bath the butter cup to melt it, set aside.
-Bath the metal in the water and beat till it triples of volume in a nice foam (10 minutes).
Get out of the water, keep beating a while (5 minutes).
-Add 2 tbs of egg to the butter, mix.
Add the flour to the rest of egg, stir carefully. Add in the butter. Pour in greased molds (2/3 of height).
-Bake at 180 degrees C. It’s done when the top is brown and a toothpick gets out dry. That took 20 minutes.
-Take out of the mold. Let cool on a grill.

Texture was perfect, soft, delicious…