Olivier's Grandma's Pithivier Dessert Recipe Recipe

If you follow the blog, you've probably noticed the "pithivier cake" cooking tutorial my childhood friend Alexia, her husband Olivier and I filmed during their visit to Silicon Valley. We've received great feedback, but many of you asked for the recipe in print for easier readability. So without further ado, here it is. 

I've baked another pithivier; they're so easy to assemble (we've made four already since I learned Olivier's grandma "Mamie Françoise's" 1930s award-winning pithivier cake recipe). It originates from the small town of Pithiviers, in the Loiret département in north-central France where Olivier grew up. As we mentioned in the video, "shhh," this recipe is a secret! It's only made with almond flour, eggs, sugar and oranges. There is no butter; the richness comes from the abundance of almonds in the batter. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvBX8yONCLI&var=0

 


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Mango-Glazed Shrimp Recipe Recipe

Mango-Glazed Shrimp Recipe

06.12.14 by Jackie

My childhood friend Alexia, her husband Olivier (they called themselves "A et O") and their cutie Alice finally went back to Paris on Monday. Olivier, who's an avid foodie, really enjoyed eating his way through California. One comment he made to me is that he noticed  many savory dishes in California cuisine feature sweet notes.

His remark inspired me to apply a touch of sweetness to seafood for today's meal. I pan-seared jumbo tiger shrimp, then coated them in a spicy, ginger-y mango sauce. I used it first as a marinade for the shrimp, then used the remainder to baste them to a sweet and spicy glaze. 


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Pandan Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies (Video) Recipe

No one can argue with the fact that American cookies are the best. When I lived in Paris and came to the US, I kept bringing a ton of American cookies home to my friends and relatives. My childhood friend Alexia, who came to visit us this month, came home with 8 dozen of American cookies to gift to her relatives!

Cookies are always a nice treat no matter the age of the cookie monster or the occasion being celebrated. Several years, I came up with this new recipe for homemade cookies with an exotic twist  (pandan extract) for a change and they've become my signature cookies for special occasions. Follow the instructions from this video and you'll have our family's favorite French-Asian fusion cookies.

Check out my other video cooking tutorials and more.


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Gourmet Mushroom Risotto Recipe Recipe

Gourmet Mushroom Risotto Recipe

06.09.14 by Jackie

I feel super lucky to live in the Bay Area; there's such an abundance of incredible ingredients. The wide range of gourmet mushrooms available at my local market, The Milk Pail of Mountain View, makes me giddy. 

The possibilities when presented with such fine ingredients are nearly endless.  I could have prepared a simple, flavorful omelet, but I decided to go for a more delicate dish: vegetarian risotto.

To do so, I used whatever the Milk Pail carried on that particular day (I didn't select everything because  the prices of some of the mushrooms gave me the chills). In the end, I included fresh morels, maitake mushrooms, Hegehogs and brown crimini mushrooms. I loved how this gastronomical adventure was able to please and feed my loved ones!

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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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