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  • Dorie Greenspan’s coffee eclairs Dorie Greenspan’s coffee eclairs

    Dorie Greenspan’s coffee eclairs

Dorie Greenspan’s coffee eclairs

  I never really liked eclairs until recently, when I discovered coffee eclairs (aka eclairs au cafe) at my local tea shop. They were a revelation. Until then, I always equated eclairs with those whipped cream-filled spongy concoctions you can find slowly drying out behind your nearest donut shop counter. You know the type. You take a bite and get a mouthful of too-sweet cream and cake. I gag slightly just thinking about it and I have a serious sweet tooth. But the real thing, authentic Parisian eclairs, are airy eclairs filled with the lightest of light custard or pastry cream. With eclairs au cafe, both the glaze and pastry cream is accentuated by the inclusion of espresso, introducing just the right amount of sharpness to mellow out the high sugar content.I know what you’re thinking. I haven’t yet addressed the rather interesting shape of these eclairs. I have no idea why but […]

  • 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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