Desserts and cookies

Red currants & almond mini pies

By on July 18, 2018

Mason jar red currants and almond mini pies

Mini pies. Red currants & almond cream.
Two bites of sweetness and less guilt. Or take two or three pies and just own it already! I choose the last option.

Let me tell you that this perfect buttery crust filled with these little sour red currants and an almond filling is just the balance of taste you need in life.

Mini cutie tiny red currants & almond pies

Few reasons for a small batch.

  • So cute to state the obvious: it is just too adorable. It presents very well on a table of desserts or it’s an attractive addition to a potluck with friends.
  • Practical baking: I’ve used this technique before for my vegan chocolate tartelettes, I bake my pies in a mason jar lid. Just tuck some aluminium foil and place your crust and voilà. Quite easy to take of the mold too since the mason jar lids are in 2 parts.
  • Very convincing: not that you’ll need to shove it down someone throat but if you or the person you are offering it to is trying to watch their waist, this would be the bite to be weak on!

 

Stack of red currants and almonds mini pies

The pie crust

Most of my recipes on my blog are in grams. I strongly believe in using a scale while baking. Please please do consider it when making any dessert, it will be way more accurate and therefore way more chance for your recipe to turn out the way you wanted.

Because I do it so often, I can make one in 5 minutes. No joke!  Even if my butter isn’t soft.  I had made a short post here to encourage you to make you own pie crust.  Let me know if you do!

Inside the red currants and almond pies

Side note. Lack of inspiration? 

Where have I been? Keeping up with the blog is always – like all the time – all day, in the corner of my mind. I have so many ideas, so many recipes I want to try and improve. Make healthier version, share my daily hacks that work for me.

But seriously.

I am not Superwomen (although my son thinks so! * heart melts *) and being a mom of 2, having a full-time job, driving around to activities, keeping up with the house chores is taking all my energy. I will figure out a way to be more present here because I really enjoy it.

So not a lack of inspiration but rather lack of time. I am trying to keep a presence on Instagram so you guys know I’m still here! Come and follow me. I haven’t really jump in the Insta stories bandwagon, shall I?

 

Red currants & almond mini pies

Prep Time: 10 hours

Yield: 12 mason jar lids or a 9-inch pie mold

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • - 100g of soft butter or 1/2 cup
  • - 200g of flour or 1 1/3 cup
  • - 60ml of milk
  • - Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of red currants, washed
  • For the almond filling
  • - 3 medium-sized eggs
  • - 100g or 1 cup of almond meal
  • - 100g or 1/2 cup of sugar

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. - Mix the butter, the flour and salt together until it is crumbly.
  2. - Add the milk at once and mix gently to form a bowl of dough.
  3. - Don’t over-work it, just enough so all the crumbs are all picked up.
  4. You are done! It is ready to be rolled!
  5. For the almond filling:
  6. -In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and almond powder.
  7. Assembling:
  8. - In the mason jar lids, where you have spread the crust, place a few red currants in each mini pie.
  9. - Pour some of the almond filling in each - probably the equivalent of 2 tablespoons - give or take.
  10. - I added a few red currants on top of the filling
  11. Bake at 300F for 15 minutes or until the crust and the top is golden.

Notes

I ALWAYS use my scale to bake - I have added the equivalence for your convenience but I can't recommend enough to bake with a scale for accuracy.

http://bonappeteat.ca/red-currants-almond-pies/

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Desserts and cookies | Finger food

French Madeleines

By on December 30, 2014

French Madeleines? Say no more.  It’s French so it’s good, right?  Well, I’m might be biased. But I made it so it’s good!  How about that? And I’m French! Hehe, and quite modest, I may add.

French Madeleines

Although I have been living in Canada for 8 years, I still ask my parents to bring me several French products.  The very first years, the list was long and their suitcases heavy, it was anything from food to my favorite product to remove my make up or a deodorant.  Now, the list is way shorter and revolves mostly around food.

Don’t you love having something that comes from home?  I know that there are things I can find here, but it’s just not the same.  When you are an expat, products from your home country are always ”better”, just because.

French Madeleines

As you might have understood, madeleines were a good that used to be personally imported.  Special request for my breakfast.  In France, it’s also sold in a ”finger” shape, oh-my-god, the perfect shape for dunking!  That’s a little pleasure of life that warms up my heart and makes me feel like I am having a coffee in my Dad’s house with him and my not-so-little-anymore brother.  Yeah, because he is like taller than me and quite stronger too.  Still has been somehow, even though he is 13 years younger than me!

French Madeleines

About those madeleines…  Where shall I start from?  The perfect buttery taste that warms up your mouth?  Or the simplicity of the recipe?  Really, have some butter out of the fridge for an hour or so, so it’s easy to work with.

I got this recipe from my mom, she did it at school (she works in a school) and I have to give the credit to Bénédicte for the recipe that I have adapted.  I reduced the butter and the sugar a little.  Also, I choose to flavor it with some vanilla extract.

Easy and quick?  Yes m’dame!  Just a bowl and elbow grease, although you can use your electric hand mixer but don’t be lazy, it’s fast enough that you won’t need it.  Make sure your oven is preheated while your prepare the madeleines mix and there you have it.  Perfect French Madeleines!

French Madeleines

See, Little Princess had enough of my talking to convince you there are super tasty, she just grabbed it while I was taking a picture.  She is a 2-year-old-opportunist like that! 🙂

What is your little weakness that reminds you of home? Even if home is around the corner.

French Madeleines

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Serving Size: 18 madeleines

Ingredients

  • - 1 cup of soft butter
  • - 3/4 of a cup of sugar
  • - 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • - 2 eggs, medium size
  • - 1 cup of flour

Instructions

  1. - Preheat the oven at 405F.
  2. - In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar until it looks like a creamy spread. Add the vanilla, mix some more.
  3. - Incorporate one egg and then the other. Mix well.
  4. - Sift the flour and mix until there are no lumps.
  5. - Put one tablespoon of the mixture in each madeleine mold and place in the oven at 405F for 9 minutes or until slightly golden.
http://bonappeteat.ca/french-madeleines/


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Desserts and cookies

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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