French Desserts from Dorie's Home to Yours (+ A Giveaway!)

July 13, 2017

From elaborate Tarte Tropézienne (ooh la la!) to homey Custardy-Apple Squares, our Baking Club is traversing France, accompanied by Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi.

French baking sometimes gets a bad rap—the elaborate confections can be described as fussy or time-consuming, but Greenspan’s book combines both the traditional “fancy” French desserts with the simple, comforting recipes that her French friends serve to their families and guests. Yes, there are certainly Macarons, Baked Alaskas, and Pithiviers, but there are also coffee cakes, rustic galettes, and chocolate chip cookies.

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So far, the intrepid bakers in our group have tried recipes far and wide:

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Joy Huang had a bonne idée (as Dorie would say) when she turned the Custardy-Apple Square (thus far a group favorite!) into a stunning custardy-apple rose. Proving that we don’t forget our past, Joy also added that her rose’s beautiful sheen is a result of being brushed with apricot jam—a tip picked up from last month’s book, Classic German Baking.

Rhea Santos also improvised, using her mini-rose bundt pan for her cannéles, resulting in a perfectly-browned, firm exterior and the expected moist, chewy center.

Canneles - my favourite French pastry #f52bakingclub #bakingchezmoi @doriegreenspan

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While the book is chock full of the traditional recipes you’d find at your neighborhood’s patisserie, there are plenty of variations that come seemingly out of left field.

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Top Comment:
“I am currently working my way through "Dorie's Cookies", and would love the chance to bake through "Baking Chez Moi"!”
— Megan

Cardamom doesn’t seem like a flavor commonly found in French baking, but the Cardamom Crumb Cake made Bebe Black Carminito a believer: “Using this Indian spice in the crumb topping and the batter really works beautifully in this recipe,” she says. “I'm adding this recipe to my repertoire for a crowd-pleasing breakfast cake.” Give it a try yourself.

So are you convinced yet? Join the fun and bake along with us for the rest of July!

And better yet, we're giving away four copies of Baking Chez Moi, each with a matching tea towel (shown at the top of the post). To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday night—winners will be selected Monday morning. (Giveaway open to US addresses only.)

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Helen August 22, 2017
Wrong article, my apologies!!
Helen August 22, 2017
Just a question. My meringue cookie ice cream sandwiches were originally posted to this article and are not here anymore. Was there a problem with my post? Just wondering because it's such a great feeling to see your work recognized.
Lindsay-Jean H. July 21, 2017
Second time's... not a charm. :( We've still got one outstanding winner from the second draw that I haven't heard from. Elizabeth C Eshem, email me ([email protected]) to claim your prize ASAP, or I will once again draw another name tomorrow morning (8 am EST).
Lindsay-Jean H. July 19, 2017
Psst: The winners that I have yet to hear from are Ann Konzen, Carol Huang, and Sandy Faye Outler Mathis -- email me ([email protected]) to claim your prize ASAP!
Lindsay-Jean H. July 19, 2017
Attention all: Names were drawn and winners were contacted first thing Monday morning, but I've only heard back from 1 person. Winners have until first thing tomorrow morning (8 am EST) to get in touch or I will be drawing new names!
Barbara H. July 19, 2017
Thanks for the update.
Ben M. July 19, 2017
can you post names here in case email to winners were blocked by spam filters?
Lindsay-Jean H. July 19, 2017
Ben Wa, we have tended towards not printing winners names in the past, but I'll give it a go to see if it helps!
Barbara H. July 18, 2017
Did they post the winners?
devoeas July 17, 2017
Mmm those cannales!
Lauramann July 16, 2017
Loving Dorie month. Yum.
Jeannie S. July 16, 2017
I've never been more excited about my baking now that I hav grandchildren. Spoiling them with these delicious treats is an Oma's job!
Sheila H. July 16, 2017
Amazing that Dorie remains so svelte after doing research for all of her cookbooks. I've just gained a few ounces after looking at those canneles!
Leslie July 16, 2017
More great baking inspiration. Ooh la la!
parker.jacqueline11 July 16, 2017
Would love this book! I have her cookie one and it's great!
Terrill July 16, 2017
What fun! Thanks for opportunity to win something.
Katherine H. July 16, 2017
I borrowed a copy from my local library via inter library loan and would love my own copy. Dorie's recipes are incredible!
Carolsue July 16, 2017
This looks so good! I am not too talented when it comes to baking, but it is fun to try new things anyway!
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Carolsue July 16, 2017
This looks so good! I am not too talented when it comes to baking, but it is fun to try new things anyway!
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Kris W. July 16, 2017
These look amazing. I'm hooked!
Anna C. July 15, 2017
A great welcome gift for just joining the group!
Evain H. July 15, 2017
If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can almost taste the canneles. A sticky sweet burnt carmelized exterior with a dense, moist and soft sweet cake. YUM. I wanna make some.
Melanie H. July 15, 2017
I must bake that crumb cake!!!!