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Authentic Pithiviers Cake (Award Winning Recipe) Video Recipe
My childhood friend Alexia and her husband Olivier are visiting. Olivier is an amazing cook and I've had the privilege to learn his grandma "Mamie Françoise"'s secret Pithiviers cake recipe. A Pithiviers is a cake made of almond flour, eggs, sugar and oranges. It originates from the town of Pithiviers, in the Orleans area of France, where Olivier and his family are from. According to his grandmother, there are many variations of this original classic French dessert but this one is the authentic recipe. The traditional version calls for candied fruits on top (fruits confits in French) and absolutely no top puff pastry crust. It is best eaten after resting for a few days. I can't tell you how long the baked Pithiviers can be stored because it didn't last long in our home! Whether you're a beginner or a professional pâtissier, this Pithiviers cake is easy to make at home, once we let you in on the secrets of this authentic recipe. Follow the instructions from this video and you'll have the pleasure of eating this moist cake that won the Pithiviers cake contest back in the 1930s. Mamie Françoise was the proud winner!
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S'more-Inspired Dessert Recipe Recipe

S'more-Inspired Dessert Recipe

05.30.14 by Jackie

I'm not sure  who  invented the s'more dessert or when. What I do know is it's an abbreviation for "some more". 

It's our family's tradition to light a camp fire right after using our barbecue. Since my childhood friend Alexia and her family are visiting from Paris, I wanted to give them the very American experience of molten marshmallows tucked with a piece of chocolate in between graham crackers. 

We had leftover marshmallows, so I made a variation, an "indoor" s'more, combining a vanilla cake, marshmallow, peanut butter, raspberry liqueur, chocolate and a few dried fruits. My guests did, indeed, ask for some more!

 


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Deconstructed Cherry Pistachio Trifle Recipe Recipe

This is my artsy interpretation of a deconstructed trifle. We had lovely guests flying in from Atlanta and I wanted to finish our meal with a wow factor. I displayed a wide array of colors using pistachios and cherries (the first ones harvested from our garden). 

The cake portion of the dessert is an almond croquant. The thick custard was made with vanilla beans, sherry, mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. I also wanted to contrast the warmth from the croquant with Indian pistachio ice cream. The dessert was the perfect balance of flavor, texture and heat.


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Xoi La Dua (Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe) Recipe

Xôi lá dứa is a very popular snack/dessert in Vietnam. It's made of pandan-flavored steamed sticky rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk. Sticky rice can be flavored in many ways and there are plenty of savory versions as well, but our favorite is the one prepared with pandan leaves. To save time and add extra flavor, I used store-bought pandan paste in addition to the pandan leaves and also added coconut powder and coconut milk. Don't be fooled by the vegan aspect of this festive dessert, I serve it in small portions because of its rich properties. 

The more authentic way of serving xôi lá dứa is to present it family-style on a large platter and to pair the sticky rice with freshly-grated coconut shreds and powdered, sweetened peanut and sesame garnish.

 

 


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Marble Cake Recipe (Marbre au Chocolat) Recipe

If you were born in the 80s and lived in France, you probably know of the marble cake called Le Savane de Papy Brossard. Ça a bercé mon enfance, which I'd translate to "it sweetened my childhood". This coffee cake is a marbré cake. The beauty of this cake is its appealing look once sliced with its gorgeously marbled, streaked appearance made of vanilla and chocolate.

A generous amount of quality butter and a little milk made the cake moist and fluffy while milk chocolate provided the contrast in color needed for this sweet treat. I think the result was very close to the one I had when I was a child. My hope is that baby Aria will keep the same fond memories of this chocolate marble cake once she grows up!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0jUuEgNMrw

 


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