jueves, 8 de mayo de 2008

Le Matin de Paris Korean-style French bakery

I just found a great review of a Korean-style french bakery that also makes french desserts, and is called Le Matin de Paris (morning of Paris):

"Le Matin de Paris is a Korean-style French bakery in Annandale, VA. The bakery is decorated in bold yellows and blues, evocative of a French country home. Now imagine taking the quaint charming colors, and giving the decor a modern face-lift. Voila, you have LeMatin de Paris, charming and cozy yet sophisticated and young at the same time. This is a great place for a first date, or second, or third… It’s generally pretty quiet, so it’s also good for catching up with friends or casual meetings."

Le Matin de Paris is located in 7236 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

Link: DC Flavors Le Matin de Paris

martes, 6 de mayo de 2008

French Desserts basics: how to make genoise (light spongecake)

French desserts basics: how to make genoise (light spongecake)

Genoise is very important in french desserts it is a kind of spongecake that does not use any baking powder to leaven, it only uses the air that is created when you mix the ingredients, it's really easy to make but it is recommended that you learn to make a really good genoise before you can attempt to make more complicated desserts because it is the basis for so many of them, like layer cakes, roll cakes, ladyfingers and many others.

This is a dry kind of cake typically and is perfect to be soaked in syrups creams liqueur etc.

Next is the recipe and a video of the whole process.

Basic Genoise recipe:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 225 grams Sifted Flour
  • 125 grams sugar

  1. Place a bowl with the eggs and sugar in a "bain marie" ( the bowl placed on a pot with hot water, be careful that the temperature of the eggs only is warm if not they are going to cook)
  2. Beat it with an electric mixer until it turns pale yellow.
  3. Add the flour and mix it slowly with a spatula in circular folding motion.
  4. Line a 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper and grease it very well.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan.
  6. Bake at 350º F for about 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

There are also variations to this recipe:

Genoise with butter recipe

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Same procedure as above only add the melted butter an vanilla at the end.

And here's the video enjoy: