We're celebrating the Dorie's birthday, the release of Dorie's new book (Baking Chez Moi) and four - count them - four years of cooking together.
First of all - we are celebrating with a few surprises from the upcoming book (yes, the pictures are a spoiler alert) - more about that later.
Now, I am headed on vacation in less than 7 hours (as of the time I start writing this post). Since we have all been hanging together for so long, I thought I would play a game of "what would Cher do"...
Q) It is seven hours until I have to leave for the airport and the following chores need to be done: packing, FFwD post writing, house cleaning, sleep. In what order do I accomplish these tasks?
A) If you guessed post writing, house cleaning, packing and sleep - then you know me well. Yes, I am procrastinating.
Q) I have one set of items ready to go. What is it? a) toiletries, b) socks, c) breakfast to take on the plane, d) chargers and cords for my devices.
A) c) Breakfast, of course. Airport food is so sketchy.
Q) The control freak side of me refuses to leave one thing to chance. Was it a) printed directions between all planned destinations (plus a map and GPS for good measure), b) reservations for dinner each night (who wants to take a chance on that?) or c) back up power sources for all devices.
A) Printed directions - I don't mind detours, but I really don't want to make national news as "that tourist" who got lost in the wilderness.
Bonus Question: The French Fridays with Dorie wants to celebrate. What do they make? a) aspic cake; b) salmon in a jar; c) desserts, lots and lots of dessert; d) beef bourguignon.
A) Desserts, lots and lots of desserts.Although, I was a little bit scared that the aspic cake was up for consideration...
Yup, this week the FFwD crew is celebrating all of the events listed above with desserts from Dorie's new book Baking Chez Moi.
I went straight for the chocolate cream puffs with mascarpone filling (which had the added benefit of using up some of that infamous rose extract) and the brown-butter peach (and mango) torte. Why make one dessert to celebrate when you have two?
Now, the highlight of the cream puffs was chocolate choux. These were made protiferole style, but I can totally see some chocolate eclairs with raspberry cream filling in the future. (Liz, do you know where I can find some?) P.S. I followed the directions.
Now, for the brown butter-peach (and mango) torte, I went a little off the beaten path and threw in some mango chunks in with the peaches. I also went all Mardi on this this recipe and mini-fied the one large torte into four small tortes. (And used the leftover filling to make a crisp).
If this is a sampling of what's to come, I think every one is in for a real treat.
Now, if I ever want to get any sleep tonight, I need to stop talking about cream puffs and tortes and get that dishwasher loaded so that I can pack!
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The recipes for Chocolate Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling can be found here. The recipe for Brown Butter-Peach Torte can be found here. And of course, Baking Chez Moi is coming out October 28th.(Tuesdays with Dorie is going to start baking from the book in November, so now is the perfect time to order a copy and start baking along).
Here is what everyone else baked this week!