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Hung, Betty

French Pastry 101: Learn the Art of Classic Baking with 60 Beginner-Friendly Recipes

French Pastry 101: Learn the Art of Classic Baking with 60 Beginner-Friendly Recipes

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French baking is now more approachable than ever with Beaucoup Bakery co-owner and Yummy Workshop founder Betty Hung's beginner-friendly, easy-to-follow recipes.

Start with basics like pastry cream and pâté sucrée, then work your way up to indulgent all-time favorites such as Lemon Madeleines, Crème Brûlée, Éclairs, Lady Fingers and Chocolate Torte. You'll learn how to simplify recipes without sacrificing taste--like using ready-made puff pastry--or, if you prefer, how to whip up these sweet treats from scratch.

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"French Pastry 101: Learn the Art of Classic Baking with 60 Beginner-Friendly Recipes" is a delightful and informative cookbook that beautifully simplifies the art of French pastry making for the novice baker. This book is a treasure trove of accessible, well-crafted recipes that demystify the elegance and complexity of French baking, making it achievable and enjoyable for beginners.

The author's approach to French pastry is wonderfully pragmatic and encouraging. Recognizing the often-intimidating reputation of French pastry, the book is designed to ease beginners into the craft with clear, step-by-step instructions and practical tips. Each recipe is thoughtfully selected to build the reader's skills gradually, from simple pastries to more intricate creations.

The collection of 60 recipes in this book is impressively diverse, covering a wide range of classic French pastries and desserts. From flaky croissants and delicate madeleines to sumptuous éclairs and tarts, each recipe is a gateway to mastering the fundamental techniques of French baking. The instructions are concise and easy to follow, ensuring even those new to baking can achieve delicious results.

One of the key strengths of "French Pastry 101" is its focus on beginner-friendly methods. The author breaks down complex pastry techniques into manageable steps, making the process less daunting and more accessible. This approach empowers readers to tackle recipes they may have previously thought too challenging.

The book is also visually stunning, with beautiful photography that not only inspires but also serves as a helpful guide. The photographs showcase the finished pastries in all their glory, providing a visual benchmark for readers and adding an extra layer of instruction.

Beyond recipes, "French Pastry 101" provides a solid foundation in the basics of French pastry, including essential tools, ingredients, and terminology. This foundational knowledge is crucial for anyone looking to delve deeper into the world of baking and pastry making.

The author's passion for French pastry is evident throughout the book, adding a personal touch that makes the journey into baking more engaging and enjoyable. The inclusion of anecdotes and historical notes about the pastries adds depth to the recipes, making the book not just a cookbook but a celebration of French culinary culture.

Whether you’re a novice baker or someone looking to expand your baking skills, this book will guide you through the delightful and rewarding world of French pastry.