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Bake Your Way Through Dorie's Trusted French Recipes

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July 20, 2017

Dorie Greenspan is providing members of our Baking Club a glimpse into the kitchens of home bakers in France, with her thorough instructions and heartening narratives in July’s book of the month, Baking Chez Moi.

Luckily, she took the pressure off of readers quickly, stating that in a country like France where elegant pastries can be found in nearly every street corner patisserie, the true French home baker is not compelled to compete with the professionals. (WHEW!)

Dorie confides that her friends aren’t baking fancy pastries at home, but rustic, simple treats that any home baker can replicate. With her reassurance and regular presence in the Club, members jumped into Baking Chez Moi with both feet, and have been pleasantly rewarded for their efforts!

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Monita Sen chose the Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake, stating “This cake, in my opinion really sparkles when served with fresh strawberries, as recommended by Greenspan. She also suggests a side of fluffy whipped cream, but I wasn't in the mood for anything to come between me, my candy-like rhubarb, and the berries.”

Dorie Greenspan's Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake from her cookbook #bakingchezmoi . . A substantial cake, with a nice moist crumb of brown sugar and buttery goodness, pairs beautifully with the tart and sweet rhubarb. This cake, in my opinion really sparkles when served with fresh strawberries, as recommended by Greenspan. She also suggests a side of fluffy whipped cream, but I wasn't in the mood for anything to come between me, my candy-like rubharb, and the berries. I found some great rhubarb at Whittamore farms and decided to make this for the #food52bakingclub, as my first contribution. This month they happen to be featuring one of my very favourite cookbook authors. Greenspan's books have been well used and referenced for almost 10 years in my kitchen. If it weren't for her cookbook Paris Sweets, I would never have learned to go outside of my comfort zone and learned to make Fresh Strawberries and Orange Blossom Water Marshmallows, or the best scones for afternoon tea, or my favourite celebration cake, or Katherine Hepburn's Brownies. Thanks to her, I bring the treats and the major intimidation factor to other people who claim they like to bake. I'm not referring to my fellow IGers, just the civilians out there who talk a lot of smack about their so called "skills". If you want to be a good baker, you definitely need a Greenspan book on your shelf. Not only is she an incredible baker, her stories and anecodotes make reading her textbook sized baking books a pleasure. I can't wait to show you what else I have lined up from this excellent repository of cakes, cookies, tarts, confections, and more. . . #seriouseats #thehub_food #epicurious #indianfooddiye #thefeedfeed #beautifulcuisines #foodgawker #bakersofinstagram #cuisinesworld #bonappetitmag #tastingtable #f52grams #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood  #buzzfeast #foodandwine #still_life_gallery #yahoofood  #sweetcuisines #feedfeed #buzzfeedfood #foodieflatlays  #trellingfood #top_food_of_instagram #fbcigers #tophomecooking  #hautecuisines #foodblogfeed

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Other popular everyday creations so far, this month have included tarts, like the Cherry Crumb Tart, and MANY varieties of loaf cakes!

Double Chocolate Marble Cake, Cherry Crumb Cake, and Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake Photo by Rachel Nelson Rodrigues
Photo by Catherine Cozzarelli
Photo by Victoria Castan

Of course, there are also a couple of recipes that push us out of our comfort zone.

Anna Hashizuma wrote, “I've fallen in love with cannelés over the past year but I never thought I could make them. One of those 'leave it to the pastry chefs' moments. I'm so glad I found this group I've had the courage to experiment! This recipe is a winner!”

Anna’s excitement was met with resounding pride from Dorie in her response on Facebook: “This makes me so happy—three cheers for you and your beautiful cannelés!”

Cannelés! Photo by Anna Hashizume, James Redden

If you have been intimidated by French baking, it is not too late—let Dorie (and our Baking Club members) guide you!

Head over to Facebook to join in or over here for more information on how to participate. You can also catch up with the Baking Club on Instagram, using the hashtag #f52bakingclub—keep scrolling for a few more samples of what members have been whipping up lately.

Hope you will join us soon, we can’t wait to bake with you!!

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