Monday, March 15, 2010


Last week I enjoyed reading a little,  fat book called "The Patissiers of Paris" (2007) by Jamie Cahill and I also took another look at "Paris Sweets" (2002) by Dorie Greenspan.  Words like Boulangerie, Palmiers, Brioche, Fromage and others were new to me.  I remember in the movie Julie and Julia when Julia Child made the upside down apple tart in the class she was teaching.  I had already looked that recipe up in her book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and found "La Tarte Des Demoiselles Tatin" was it's name.  I haven't made it yet but that would be fun!
I already baked madeleines and knew about the pudding cake Clafoutis.  I have seen in cookbooks the raspberry sauce known as Coulis. Last year I learned that financiers are french tea cakes. Some new words I learned in french were:  Fromage- cheesecake, Palmiers - elephant ear looking pastry, Pommes - apples, and Boulangerie- Bakery.
"Paris Sweets" has a chapter on "Ali-Babas".  I found this very fascinating! I've never had an Ali-Baba or a Baba au Rhum or a Baba anything but found their history at the Oldest Bakery in Paris.  Stohrer's goes back to the 1700's when Nicolas Stohrer was the Royal Baker for Louis XV.  Later he went on to open a pastry shop in 1730. The Ali-Baba is named for the "good guy" in 1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights.  The recipe for the original pastry is modified now with better ingredients and better tasting and therefore selling potential.  The recipe is in "Paris Sweets".

If you are planning a trip to Paris
it would be fun to visit as many Patisserie's as possible!
The Patisseries of Paris would
be an  excellent guidebook!


Martha said...

I love madelines and make them often. That book by Dorie Greenspan is a winner!

Marlena said...

This is a terrible, terrible posting! It not only makes me hungry, it makes me jealous of such gorgeous stuff, but it inspires me to go down and make something yummy, so I s'pose that makes up for it. You do such nice stuff!

Marilyn said...

The first time I visited Paris was for tea. The small group of 8 women went to a different tearoom for afternoon tea for 8 days. What a total delight. I loved every minute of it. I think you would enjoy it too.

Kimberly said...

YUMMY! My mouth is watering! I just love the photos that you have shared with us.

La Tea Dah said...

What beautiful pastries. My favorite is the one with the strawberries in the center --- beautiful! Thanks for sharing on this topic.