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French Desserts

French Desserts
By Laura Washburn

I’m not ashamed to say that desserts are not my forte. If eating out, I’d always opt for a starter and a main course, and be happy to pass on the dessert. That is, unless cheese counts as a dessert? The thing is, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, or so I thought.

For the last few years, probably since being with my sugar loving girlfriend, come to think of it, I’ve been developing a bit of a taste for sweet things. With this has come a new interest in creating desserts, and finally broadening my repertoire beyond the easy to make pancakes.

Luckily for me we already had the French Desserts recipe book, and it’s proven useful in my quest to make great looking desserts, that taste delicious too. After all if we’re honest, can anyone create better looking desserts than the French?

The book is short and sweet at 63 pages, but it’s all about quality, not quantity. It covers the main areas, light desserts, tartes, gateaux and basics – the recipe for sweet pastry is a great base to build upon, and add your own fillings too.

Each recipe is coupled with a full page photo, expertly taken, which is definitely beneficial. It’s a lot easier to know what you’re doing, if you can see what the finished article is like. Not to mention, a great way to imagine what it might taste like. You can see the lightness of the chocolate mousse, and the smoothness of the raspberry bavarois.

If you’re just after the classic recipes, don’t panic. Crème caramel, crêpes, tarte tatin, poached pears and tarte aux pommes are all there, each with a mouth watering photo. I’ve slowly been working my way through the book, and haven’t found a dud yet, although I haven’t attempted the souffles.

This recipe book will keep me going for some time. It’s helped me discover a love for working with pastry, and especially how to make desserts that are worthy of a photo, without having an icing sugar coating, to cover the burnt bits.

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  1. Just a small point, but this is MY book! I love it as much as I love my sister. I know there are a lot of books on the market at the moment about how to make sweet treats – mainly how to make cupcakes and the like – but this book is so much better than any of them. I have never known a recipe to fail, and I am not the best cook in the world. It’s a classic!

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