Category Archives: Recipes

Tarte aux poires et aux amandes (pear frangipane tart)

The French writer Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) noted during his travels in 1580 that innkeepers of Bâle, Switzerland served “cooked pears with the roast” and that the locals “mixed cooked plums, apple and pear tarts with meat.” While the noble pear has a long and illustrious culinary history, today pear tart is of course served … Continue reading Tarte aux poires et aux amandes (pear frangipane tart)

Macarons with Praliné Filling

The invention of pralines dates back to the 17th century and is most often attributed to Clément Jaluzot, master chef to César de Choiseul, Comte du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675). Chef Jaluzot is said to have hit upon the idea of coating almonds with caramelised sugar, producing a sweet and crunchy treat that delighted his employer’s palate. … Continue reading Macarons with Praliné Filling

Gâteau au Chocolat (Chocolate Cake)

The first chocolate cakes in Europe date back to the 17th century, when bakers began adding cacao powder, newly imported from the Americas, to their traditional cake recipes. During the 19th century, pastry chefs, notably in France and Austria, concocted sophisticated chocolate desserts to be enjoyed by the privileged elites. For everyone else, chocolate in … Continue reading Gâteau au Chocolat (Chocolate Cake)

Tarte au Chocolat (Chocolate Tart)

Ganache is said to have been invented sometime in the 1850s when a chocolatier’s apprentice accidentally poured boiling cream over some chocolate. Furious, the master chocolatier chastised his apprentice, calling him “ganache,” a term that at the time meant “dimwit” or “moron” in French (it also refers to a horse’s jowl). But as it turns … Continue reading Tarte au Chocolat (Chocolate Tart)