These highly delightful lemon tarts from The Bouchon Bakery cookbook let everyone at the table have their own dessert. Pile the meringue high or low; the sweet tart dough, lightly spongy madeleine layer and tart lemon filling combine texture and taste in a marvelous way.
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According to Keller, this is the easiest recipe in the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook. It's also one of the most fun. Toasty vanilla crepes sandwich layer upon layer of thick, orange-zested pastry cream.
Even though it's January, a sign of spring is always welcome. And these pretty little lighter-than-air eggs give us something to look forward to. Nothing more complex than marshmallows and decorating sugar, but they're worlds better than anything store-bought.
TKOs are Sebastien Rouxel's design on the classic chocolate sandwich cookie. Both the size and quality are on a grander scale; they measure three inches in fluted diameter, and are elegantly filled, drop by drop, with a piping bag. You can follow all these delicate steps yourself, or take a couple shortcuts: the results will be impressive either way.
In the pantheon of modern chefs, Thomas Keller has carved out a unique niche for himself. A signature combination of passion and whimsy infuses his work, making his vision edible. The Bouchon Bakery cookbook, co-authored by Keller's executive pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel, is an amalgamation of French and American baked goods. It's as much of a pleasure to pore through Bouchon Bakery as it is to bake from it. Any effort you make will be richly rewarded.
"So I want to make a train," Ed says one day. "Out of buches de noel." "You mean with yule logs?" "Yeah, with yule logs. We'll make a train."
So a train we made. And it was awesome.
In SENY's Chocolate Chip Cookie Championship: Uptown Edition, Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery received extraordinary praise. Fortunately, you don't need to be in New York to sink your teeth into the cookie's chewy edges and molten, gooey center: a mix is available at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide.