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French Chocolate Pot de crème

By on July 8, 2017

chocolate pot de creme

Chocolate Pot de crème. French dessert? French name? This sounds fancy! Don’t you feel that it will impress a crowd? If anything, it will please a crowd and that’s actually the most important. I truly think you can go wrong with chocolate, any season, any time of the day, any gender, any age, it’s a magic word!

Cho-co-lat.

Ouh lala! Also, a pot de crème is the cousin of the crème brûlée and the brother of la crème aux oeufs.

Not only it’s the decadent dessert you’ll want to do again soon as you bring the first spoon to your mouth but also because it’s so simple you’ll want to make a ‘pot de crème’ to your loved ones and use your sexy French accent.

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Rustic chocolate pear tart

By on February 2, 2015

Or shall I call it Poire Belle-Hélène tart?  You see, a Poire Belle Hélène is a pear served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.  Sounds good, eh?  Well, I am offering it to you in a slice!

Chocolate pear tart

That’s the decadent dessert that you want to end your dinner.  This recipe is a small batch. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner for 2 or in our case it was 2 adult sizes and 2 small ones for the kids.  Score!

You need it in your life now!  It has the comforting chocolate, the juicy pears and a flacky chocolate crust, does life get any better than that when you take a bite of it?  Probably not!

Chocolate pear tart

On top of those pears, there is some white chocolate and then some shaved dark chocolate.

Sometimes, in life, this gets rocky and you have some ups and downs and I am part of those people who eat their emotions and need comfort in my plate.  Mostly sweet but I also love savory-feel-better-dishes.

I always talk about me.  Well, I know it’s my blog but I’m wondering.  You, how are you?  Are you in need of my tart?  Since we ate it all (oops sorry), please spend some time in the kitchen, which by the way is therapeutic and enjoy dessert!

Chocolate pear tart Pssst!  Also, save, pin, bookmark this recipe for Valentine’s Day.  You better half will love you more for it!

Rustic chocolate pear tart

Yield: 2 love birds

Serving Size: A small 3 inch tart pan

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • - 1/4 a cup of soft butter
  • - 3/4 cup of flour
  • - 2 teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • - 30 ml of milk
  • For the filling;
  • - 2 pears, medium sized, in cube
  • - 1/4 of white chocolate chips
  • - Some shaved dark chocolate to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the butter, the flour and cocoa powder together until it is crumbly. Add the milk at once and mix gently to form a bowl of dough. Don’t over-work it, just enough so all the crumbs are all picked up. Roll it (add a little bit of flour to prevent from sticking but very little) and place onto a pie plate.
  2. Place the pears on top.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 375F.
  4. Put the white chocolate chips in a ramekin with a table spoon of water and melt it in the microwave and drizzle it on your tart.
  5. Allow to cool down and place the shaved chocolate for presentation

Notes

I used my veggie peeler to shave the chocolate!

http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/02/02/rustic-chocolate-pear-tart/

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French Galette des rois

By on January 6, 2015

Because we don’t eat and indulge enough during the holidays, here’s an excuse for you to eat some more today, on January 6.  It’s a French tradition, la Galette des rois, or Kings’ cake, is eaten on Epiphany Day.

Galette des rois

No need to twist your arm to eat it, I promise.  It’s just amazingly good stuff.  A nicely golden puff pastry filled up with a frangipane.   Frangipane is a filling made with almond, it also has butter and sugar.  Admit it, you can’t go wrong.

La galette des rois is the reason you need to push your new year resolution to later.  How can you resist that buttery pie?

Galette des rois

Speaking of which, I am not a big believer in New Year resolutions, why do people feel like a resolution should be taken on a new year, new month or a new week? I know that there is this sense of clean slate but I kinda of think I can be on a Tuesday, 14 of the month, in March? or July? Why not?

Regardless, El Cubano decide to get healthier since he tends to be the picky eater of the house and started exercising.  So to encourage him, while he exercises downstairs, I do cardio upstairs.  The kids love it, they jump for 30 minutes.  Let’s see how long we last!

Galette des rois

Back to this Kings’s cake, I took a few pictures along the preparation.  I don’t do it ofter but I’ll try to do this more.  I do like to see it on other blogs so…

First, some little hands helped me rolling down the dough.  My Princess was too cute!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recognize those little colored fingernails, just like Maman.

Galette des rois the making

Galette des rois, the making

I don’t mean to put the fault on my daughter (kinda :)), I meant to make nice decoration, French bakery like but she kept call me and grabing my arm.  Doesn’t matter, this did not alter the taste!

She’s been my little assistant lately and quality controller!

galette des rois the making

Please do join this French tradition!   Normally, in France, a mini charm would be hidden in the filling and the person getting it (without breaking a tooth) would be king or queen for the day.

How wonderful are we, French people? 🙂

 

French Galette des rois

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 small pies

Serving Size: 5 inches diameter

Ingredients

  • - 400g of puff pastry
  • - 1 cup of butter
  • - 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar
  • - 1/4 of a cup of white sugar
  • - 1 and 1/4 cup of ground of almond
  • - 2 eggs
  • - 1 egg yolk for the dough.
  • -

Instructions

  1. - Roll down the puff pastries and make 5'' circles (I used a bowl), You should be to make 16 circles for 8 small pies.
  2. - In a pot, melt the butter.
  3. - In a bowl, put the sugars, the ground almond and mix. Pour the melted butter on it and whisk.
  4. - Add the eggs one by one. You now have your frangipane.
  5. - On 8 dough-circle, pour some frangipane, equally on all the dough.
  6. - Cover the 8 pies with the other 8 circles you had left. Using a fork, press the borders to seal the pies.
  7. - Take your egg yolk and with a brush, spread some of all the tops of the pies.
  8. - Place in the oven at 380F for 20 minutes.

Notes

I used a whole box of puff pastry of Tenderflake for this recipe (http://www.tenderflake.ca/en/Products/Tenderflake/Pages/PuffPastry.aspx)

http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/01/06/french-galette-des-rois/

Galette des rois

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Salted caramel Tarte Tatin

By on September 22, 2014

I know, just with the title and you’re drooling already.  It’s okay, it’s not embarrassing, it happens when it sounds that good.  I mean, who can resist the perfect flaky crust?  The juicy fall apples cooked in a salted caramel butter?  NO ONE obviously!

Gala apples

Of course, Fall is around the corner and bloggers are sharing their best pumpkin Latte or an apple recipe.  Groceries stores are no different and are pushing to buy pumpkins, squashes or apples.

In an effort to cooperate with the rest of North America, I’ll give you an A-MA-ZING recipe.  You asked for it.  Of course, being French ”cocorico”, I’ll give you this French Tarte Tatin that will blow your mind!

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A monday morning secret: Chocolate Vanilla marble cake

By on July 21, 2014

Monday mornings can be tough!  So how about something sweet – but not too much – to go with your coffee or tea?  So this recipe of a vanilla-chocolate breakfast cake will bring you some love to start the day!

It is moist and chocolatey but… oops, some vanilla there!  Great sensations in a bite!  You might want another piece if you are a dunker, you will love it!

Chocolate vanilla marble cake

Breakfast, snack, dessert, you pick.  Even the day of the week, Monday is a suggestion to get the week rolling.  I do need some incentive to get through the week sometimes.

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