Clotilde Dusoulier

  • Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés

    Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés

Chocolate & Zucchini’s Canelés

  It was love at first bite. Sorry I can’t resist a cheesy play on words. Back to the batter at hand (tee hee). I first made canelés, if you might remember, at Bonnie Gordon’s School of Confectionary Arts. I signed up for the two-day course mainly to learn how to make macarons. And I did, and they were delicious, and I had rave reviews. But. As soon as I had learned how to make the macarons, all I could think about was how delicious these unassuming canelés are. Sure enough, they are near-impossible to find in Toronto (only at Nadege Patisserie I believe – that’s Nah-dej, not Nah-deh-jeh). So I had been craving them ever since. Even the stash I brought home didn’t  last very long because these are best eaten hot, on the same day. You should know however, that the crepe-like batter is forgiving and will stay in the […]

  • Hazelnut-almond financiers redux Hazelnut-almond financiers redux

    Hazelnut-almond financiers redux

Hazelnut-almond financiers redux

  I am a micromanager at the best of times and one of the ways that manifests itself is my obsessive checking of my blog stats. I can’t help but wonder – who keeps misspelling my surname as Nercessian to come to this blog? And who are the readers in Afghanistan? Also, are financiers molds really that hard to find that so many people find my blog by Googling those keywords? (Please, for the love of all things chocolate, reveal yourselves!) In fact, they are hard to find and I bought my silicone financiers molds at eBay from a purveyor in New York City. And after many, many, many months I used them.Many moons ago I used the recipe from Clotilde Dusoulier’s book to make financiers and blogged about it. I followed the recipe almost exactly last time, and they were delicious and impossibly moist, but I couldn’t help but think […]

  • Pear and chocolate cake-tart Pear and chocolate cake-tart

    Pear and chocolate cake-tart

Pear and chocolate cake-tart

I came across this recipe in food blogger extraordinaire Clotilde Dusoulier’s book “Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris.”Dusoulier, the blogger behind Chocolate & Zucchini, a delectable compendium of recipes and anecdotes has never steered me wrong before.Be it the chocolate-dipped hazelnut marbles; tarte tomate a la tatin or pistachio and chorizo cake; or the mini-financiers au miel, I often refer to this French foodie’s cookbook for some inspiration. So when I saw her recipe for this cake-tart hybrid, I was smitten. I love poached pears, and I love deep, dark chocolate, and a marriage between the two seemed like fate. If you can’t find Dusoulier’s book at your local library or bookstore, you can find the recipe for this tarte-gateau here on the MSNBC website.   Substitutions: I didn’t make any.   Would I make this again? Indeed I would, but for the right crowd. If your guests don’t have a […]

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  • South of France-inspired brunch South of France-inspired brunch

    South of France-inspired brunch

South of France-inspired brunch

  It’s been nearly ten years since I stepped foot in the south of France, but the tastes still linger in my culinary memory: aromatic olives, sun-kissed red tomatoes bursting with juice, the hint of lavender in Herbes de Provence.As much as I’d love to hop on a place to take a stroll on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice right now, this bun in the oven is keeping my feet on the ground for now, so what better way to honour the foods of France than to recreate some of those flavours in my own kitchen? I served the following menu at a brunch for some friends:   Tarte tatin a la tomate, a savoury upside-down tart of oven-roasted tomatoes, a layer of olive tapenade, goat cheese accented with Herbes de Provences, and a buttery pastry dough. If you are looking for one show-stopping tart, this is it. Prepare […]

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  • Chocolate and Zucchini’s chocolate-dipped hazelnut marbles Chocolate and Zucchini’s chocolate-dipped hazelnut marbles

    Chocolate and Zucchini’s chocolate-dipped hazelnut marbles

Chocolate and Zucchini’s chocolate-dipped hazelnut marbles

  Pressed for a last-minute sweet for dinner guests, after my macarons failed miserably, I turned to my copy of “Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian kitchen.” Penned by food blogger extraordinaire Clotilde Dusoulier, I read this book cover-to-cover on a train ride from Paris to Amsterdam. It holds a special place in my heart for several reasons: Clotilde’s was the first food blog I ever read and bookmarked; I bought this book at Paris’ legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore; and finally, all the recipes I’ve tried, so far, are divine.To find some inspiration for my after-dinner sweets, I turned to the chapter entitled Mignardises, French for the “sweet bites” that you get with your coffee at a high-end restaurant. Clotilde says in her blog that the word comes from mignard, “an old-fashioned word which, as a noun, means a small child, and as an adjective means delicate, […]

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