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French Pastry Chef  

Review by Debbie Mazo


French Pastry ChefIf you've been lucky enough to visit Paris, you've probably stopped into one of the city's world-famous patisseries displaying their skillfully arranged confections. with a rich selection of classic desserts, French pastries offer some of the best choices when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth. Bring the aroma of French pastries into your kitchen, when you visit the French Pastry Chef.

Launched in August 2000, the French Pastry Chef was designed to share the culinary procedures, secrets, and formulas of preparing French pastries. Hosted by a former French pastry chef, the site offers recipes and tips collected over a lifetime career of thirty years.

Before you master the mysteries of French pastry, explore the site's interactive Equipment Page highlighting essential baking tools like steel tart rings. Use these rings for sugar dough when preparing tarts. Find out about other equipment like a mousse cake mold. Assemble the cake upside down inside the mold, then dip the frozen cake into a bowl of hot water to allow the cake to pop out.

At the French Pastry Chef, you can browse an extensive collection of recipes including photographs, serving sizes, and complexity levels (beginners, advanced, and expert). Try standard petit fours like Chocolate Éclairs coated with chocolate fondant or Napoleon with vanilla pastry cream. Or, sample the variety of cake recipes including large cakes like Chocolate Rum Cake or holiday versions like Cericette (a large cherry log with Triple Sec). with over 100 tempting recipes, the French Pastry Chef will help you recreate masterpieces you never dreamed you could make at home.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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