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Vol au vents with creamy leek and mushroom filling on eatlivetravelwrite.com

How to make homemade vol-au-vent shells

Vol au vents. Light flaky puff pastry cases filled with a warm (usually savoury) filling. Ubiquitous on the 70s cocktail circuit. Oh so exotic (at the time). Where have these gone? I remember being able to easily find these at a supermarket but now not so much. You can find them if you search, but […]

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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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