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Choux puffs filled with jam and cream and topped with chocolate on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Reinventing the lamington 2014: Lami-choux

Being Australian, I grew up knowing and loving lamingtons.  And, well, eating them. But not so much making them. In fact I hadn’t made them until a few years ago when I did a kinda sorta tutorial (please excuse the bad photos, it was way back at the beginning of my blogging journey!) in preparation […]

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Decorated éclairs on eatlivetravelwrite.com

The Art of the Eclair at Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts

I’m a HUGE fan of éclairs. Actually I am a huge fan of choux pastry – it’s so versatile – you can make éclairs and profiteroles, gougères or fancier desserts like Paris-Brest.  But as well as being a huge fan of making choux pastry, I love to eat it. A lot. Eclairs are something I’ll […]

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Paris Brest for French Fridays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.com

French Fridays with Dorie: Paris-Brest

Paris – what? I hear you asking about the name of this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Paris-Brest, p 475).  Basically, it’s a large choux-pastry ring, filled with crème pâtissière, created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris–Brest bicycle race. It’s supposed to represent a bicycle wheel and apparently became popular with riders on the […]

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Making shortcrust pastry by eatlivetravelwrite.com

Making pastry: Simple comme bonjour!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know I love a good galette But did you know that just a little over a year ago, pastry intimidated me? Even though I bake macarons quite often and teach others how, other seemingly easier baking projects, like pastry, eluded me.  Until last year […]

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Les Petits Chefs make tomato and goat cheese tartelettes

I think it was this moment, when I watched Kate Hill make an apricot tart from scratch, very casually, whilst in Gascony this summer which made me realise that pastry is not to be feared, rather, befriended. Pastry is a magical thing and when you show up with something with pastry *from scratch* it’s guaranteed […]

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