Bake the Book: 'Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop'

20110620-157030-miette.jpgDecorated in pastel shades of pink and green, with shelves lined with candy jars and cake stands, there is nothing about San Francisco's Miette that isn't charming. (In case you were wondering, miette translates to "crumb".) Miette's owner Meg Ray has created a dreamy bakery where cakes are carefully iced and dotted with pink roses, tiny tarts are baked in perfect crusts, and birthday cakes are garnished with satin ribbons.

Ray's newly released cookbook, Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop brings the bakery's magical treats into your home kitchen. The book itself brings a bit of the bakery with it—it's a sweet pink volume with scalloped pages and ethereal portraits of Ray's confections. It's filled with a mix of American and French pastry techniques and concise recipes for replicating Ray's creations at home. And for the next two weeks we'll be doing precisely that.

First off, we'll be baking a cherry-topped Old-Fashioned Cake, piping pastry cream into Éclairs, and whipping up rich Chocolate Pots de Crème.

Win 'Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Chronicle Books, we are giving away five (5) copies of Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop over the next two weeks.

All you have to do is tell us about the sweetest bakery you've ever been to in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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