Chouquettes

Chouquettes were another discovery of mine when we lived in Paris.  While we were living there I was studying french at the Alliance Francaise and opposite the metro stop that I would get off to get to the Alliance was a boulangerie (bakery) filled with all kinds of deliciousness.  Each time after class on my way home, I would pop in to the boulangerie and sneak in a little snacky snack before lunch which initially was generally a pain aux raisins (one of my faves – recipe here).  But every time I would get to the counter to make my pain aux raisins order there would be platter sitting on the counter with a giant pyramid of these little choux pastry puffs sprinkled with sugar whispering ‘pick me! pick me!’.  So one fateful day I decided to forego my usual fave and try these little sugar puffs that were begging me to eat them.  A love affair began…

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Best ever carrot cake

Sometimes I am completely deluded.   The upshot is that I am completely aware that I am deluded (just so you know I’m not crazy) but I just choose to ignore my awareness.    One such instance where I delude myself is when I make or order desserts or cakes with any sort of fruit or vegetable in it, I convince myself that I’m being healthy and making a good choice.  Surely ordering the berry tart is better than ordering the chocolate éclair right?….yes yes, I hear you all scoffing, wagging your finger at me telling me that they still have a crap load of fat and sugar, blah blah blah.  As I said, I am aware I just choose to ignore.

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Oeufs Brouilles – The creamiest scrambled eggs in the world

So it seems that everyone I know is either in Paris at the moment or heading to Paris during the European Summer.  Ok… so not EVERYONE, but a significant proportion of people that I know are heading to the city of awesomeness and the point is that I’m not.  I know I know, jealousy is not an attractive trait and I’m obviously excited for everyone that is getting to experience one of my favourite cities in the world and love that I get to share my favourite spots with them but I am incredibly green with envy that it’s not me who’s going.

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Pain aux raisins

Pain aux raisins has got to be my absolute favourite pastry.  I loved it before we moved to Paris and while we lived there I almost ate one of these on a daily basis (god knows how I was still able to fit through a doorway by the time I left Paris).  I noticed while in Paris that pain aux raisins was typically made one of two ways, either with a brioche type dough or with croissant dough which is more common.  Prior to making this recipe, I had a strong preference for the pain aux raisins made with croissant dough, but these, warm, straight out of the oven, I have to say are one of the best things I’ve eaten for a while.  I think the Dr and I even did a fist bump after our first mouthful!

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