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Dessert University (post #63352)

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Did anybody try anything  from  Roland Mesnier's "Dessert University?"


I started baking from this book and can't stop.  So far everything comes out better than I expect;  he seems to have all these unexpected  twists that make me question the accuracy of his recipes.


I  was sceptical but tried making Croisants with bread flour.  Yum! I don't make them very often because of time and freezer space,  but this is the only way I will be making them from now on.  Also his carrot muffins are unbelievably light and airy.  I no longer  frost them, they disappear real quick.  I can eat half of his Marjolaine  by myself, and I am not a dessert person.  Bal


 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

doyenne's picture

(post #63352, reply #1 of 18)

Just ordered it. Glad to know the recipes are good.

 

Where is Monica Lewinski when you need her?

Ballottine's picture

(post #63352, reply #2 of 18)

I think you will like it.  Let me know what you make. Bal


 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

Biscuits's picture

(post #63352, reply #3 of 18)

Making croissants (or any other laminated dough) with bread flour is how I was taught to make them (?)  I didn't know people made them with AP flour. 

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Ballottine's picture

(post #63352, reply #4 of 18)

You are so lucky to have been to a real good cooking school.


I learned to cook from my mom, Jaques Pepin and Julia, in that order.  Mom never made Croissants, but Jaques Pepin and Julia's recipes I have been using call for AP flour. 


Happy Holidays!


Bal.


 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

Jean's picture

(post #63352, reply #5 of 18)

Meeeoooowwww

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


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(post #63352, reply #6 of 18)

Fa la la la la, la la, la, laaaaaaaa!


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63352, reply #10 of 18)

...Don't we know archaic barrel, Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou....

(extra presents under the tree for the first person to recite the next line)

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63352, reply #11 of 18)

Trolley Molly don't love Harold, Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63352, reply #7 of 18)

Jean, am I missing something here?


 


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(post #63352, reply #8 of 18)

Ditto... color me confused.


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SallyBR's picture

(post #63352, reply #12 of 18)

I must be out of the loop too.  (not that I'm THAT surprised... :-)

 

 

MadMom's picture

(post #63352, reply #9 of 18)

Sort of reminds me of the infamous book dedication: "To my parents, God and Ayn Rand."

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63352, reply #13 of 18)

Sweety, that is a stretch.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63352, reply #14 of 18)

Biscuit, I love you to death, but how on earth did you find something to take offense in Ball's post?! 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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jwoods's picture

(post #63352, reply #15 of 18)

Ballotine,  I had the good fortune to assist at one of his public classes.  What a wonderful man!  I know several people who worked with him at the White House and all of them respect him highly. 

Ballottine's picture

(post #63352, reply #16 of 18)

Good to hear from you.


"Good fortune" indeed.  I am green with envy.  I would take time off work and wash dishes if I could "assist" him. 


Lucky you! I hope you learned something special from him.  Besides being a great pastry chef, he is truly a very nice person, very comfortable with himself: no airs, no pretending, very humble.   When DD was 9 or 10 we attended an event studded with famous chefs.  I told her that standing in the corner by the door all by himself was the man who made all those Gingerbread houses at the WH.  We approached him.  She had  a lot of questions to ask him and he was so nice.  Obviously, he was not there to talk to us, but he was so kind and genuine.   I have a very good memory of that encounter. 


I do love his Desserts book. His Madeleines recipe  (with grapefruit glaze) forced me to buy the madeleine pans.  They came out so good in baby cupcakes pans, that I decided to go for the "real thing."  I hope he will do a pastry book too.  Any word?


PS:  I hope you are enjoying  your cooking school.   How is it going? Bal


 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

sandermom's picture

(post #63352, reply #17 of 18)

His Madeleines recipe  (with grapefruit glaze)...


Have you posted this?  Color me drooling...if you can would you please? 

Klaatu Barada Nikto

Ballottine's picture

(post #63352, reply #18 of 18)

I did not post the recipe, but I will be happy to type it up for you right after the  dinner on Saturday.


I am making his Creme Brule which he makes on the  stove top and then pours into molds to cool.  Never heard of anything like this, but I am giving it a try.   Happy Holidays.  Bal.


 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.