Hillary Davis has done it again – another gorgeous cookbook spilling over with delectable recipes in her new title, French Desserts. This may be my new favorite from her collection. It’s dessert, people!
Gorgeous photographs, wonderful instructions and unique and exciting recipes that will make any level of baker content are contained within the pages of French Desserts. The book itself is striking from its eye-catching cover of the Giant Break-and-Share Cookie, to the photographs of the vibrant French country side and city markets; it will make you long for a trip across the ocean.
Hélène’s Grandmother’s Rice Pudding Cake Bathed in Caramel, Pumpkin Seed Tuiles, Grand Marnier Mousse, and a stunning Fresh and Dried Fruit Salad in Sweet Basil Syrup are examples of a few of innovative recipes from this title. There are some classics shared as well such as Breton Butter Cookies and Chocolate Sables.
Last Saturday, I made the Orange Madeleines with Orange Glaze. They truly are magical because they disappeared. My husband ate half of them, my son at least four and I had two of the delicious little cakes on Saturday (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). I wanted to behave and have one – but it’s like that cake on the counter – every time you walk by you cut off a sliver. Every time I walked by I snuck a nibble (I walked by a great deal that day). There were a few left when I went up to bed and the next morning – the goblins had eaten them. The madeleines were easy to make and foolproof with Hillary’s great instructions. I’ll be making them again this weekend – they were that good.
Special thanks to Gibbs Smith for allowing me to share this recipe with you. The file can be downloaded here.
These madeleines are just beautiful if I do say so myself — I was quite proud of how they came out – and Hillary’s great instructions are to thank for that.
GIVEAWAY: Gibbs Smith would like one of you to have a copy of French Desserts. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me if you have ever made madeleines before. If you share this post on Facebook or Twitter, leave a second comment telling me you did so. You may return daily to leave one additional comment for more entries. A random winner will be chosen on September 18th.
Thank you to Gibbs Smith and Hillary for providing me a copy of this wonderful book, and to Hillary for kindly mentioning me in the acknowledgements.
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