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Gruber, Sylvie

Bite-Sized French Pastries for the Beginner Baker

Bite-Sized French Pastries for the Beginner Baker

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From the publisher

This collection of mouthwatering French pastries packs all the flavor of your Parisian favorites and none of the fuss. Using simple language and detailed directions, Sylvie Gruber helps you learn the ins and outs of French pastry on bite-sized canvases. By shrinking the scale of these delightful baked goods, you get more practice at the foundational techniques to make expert level delicacies. These little tarts, cakes and cookies are faster to make and easy to share--perfect for any beginner baker.

Sylvie's easy-to-follow instructions and troubleshooting tips make mastering base recipes like Pâte Sablée, Crème Pâtissière and Pâte à Choux a cinch. Try your hand at favorite bakes like Sablés Bretons, Tigrés Financiers or Mini Cherry Clafoutis that are a perfect pick- me-up or addition to an afternoon tea. Wow your friends with decadent, yet deceptively simple, desserts like Mini Vanilla Éclaires, White Chocolate and Lime Madeleines and Coconut Crémes Brûlées.

With 60 mouthwatering, easy-to-tackle recipes to choose from, this will undoubtedly become your go-to guide for delicious French pastries that'll always hit the (sweet) spot.

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From Chef Scott

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This book is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever dreamed of creating exquisite French pastries in their own kitchen, but felt intimidated by the complexity of these culinary masterpieces.

Gruber's approach to teaching the art of French pastry is refreshingly accessible and straightforward. The book starts with an engaging introduction, setting the tone for a journey into the heart of French baking. Her passion for pastry is evident in every page, making the reader feel as if they have a personal mentor guiding them through each recipe.

The layout of the book is thoughtfully designed, with clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by stunning, high-quality photographs that make the process visually appealing and easy to follow. The recipes range from classic favorites like croissants and éclairs to more innovative creations, each broken down into manageable steps that even a novice baker can confidently tackle.

What sets this book apart is Gruber's emphasis on the 'bite-sized' aspect of pastries. It's a brilliant approach that makes the pastries more approachable, not just in terms of baking but also in serving and enjoying them. The smaller portions are perfect for gatherings, gifting, or simply indulging in a variety of flavors without the commitment to a larger pastry.

The ingredients used are easily accessible, and Gruber offers practical tips and tricks throughout the book, addressing common baking challenges and providing solutions that are both simple and effective. Her encouraging tone throughout the book reassures the reader that with patience and practice, the art of French pastry is within reach.

One of the highlights of the book is the section on flavor combinations and decoration techniques. Gruber doesn't just teach how to bake; she inspires creativity, encouraging readers to experiment with flavors and presentation, turning each pastry into a work of art.

This is a must-have for anyone who loves baking or aspires to create beautiful, delicious pastries. It’s a book that sparks joy and creativity in the kitchen, making the art of French pastry enjoyable and accessible to all. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned baker, this book is bound to become a cherished resource, filled with recipes that you'll return to time and time again.