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Goûter d’anniversaire de La Pâtisserie des Rêves!

So last weekend La Pâtisserie des Rêves celebrated it’s 5th birthday with a huge picnic! Come dressed in pink and white, bring your blanket and get a box of free pastries! There was space for 5000 people (you had to register) and the party that was dressed the best with the nicest picnic props could win a private party at the salon de thé! So some people really made an effort to impress.

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Tea time at Les Heures – Le Prince de Galles

After a break from testing pastries in Paris I’m back in the game! A week ago I checked out the bar Les Heures inside the palace hotel Prince de Galles. The bar is the “casual” dining place of the hotel and where the afternoon tea happens. I took the “French tea time / thé a la française” which consists of a hot drink, a pastry of choice and a selection of cakes for €32. Read more…

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Coconut buns

Hmmmm.. checked my drafts today and this one was never posted. This is a post from December 2012!! >.< Here it is now. Just over one and a half years later….. Ahum. I won’t be posting recipes for a while probably. I just started my internship (it is part of my program at school). I work 5 days a week now and don’t feel like making a mess in the kitchen and cleaning it up when I’m at home. :p

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Millefeuille

Millefeuille is a traditional French pastry. I believe the English speaking world knows it as a Napoleon. Traditionally, a millefeuille consists of three layers of puff pastry and in between those layers, two layers of pastry cream. There are many variations of the traditional one with fruits, chocolate, caramel or anything really. I enjoy eating millefeuille, I like the crisp buttery layers of puff pastry in combination with the cream. yummm. The traditional way of making this pastry takes a lot of time, here is a quick and simple version for you!

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Birthday sweets

My birthday was a while ago now (July 6th) but I haven’t posted the birthday cakes I made yet. If you are following me on Facebook or Instagram you might have seen them already, but for those who don’t: Here they are! I made all of the cakes, except the roll cake, myself. Started to prepare everything on Saturday and finished all on Sunday morning. Everyone enjoyed eating the sweets and I had a great birthday.

At the top of this post is a gallery with all the pics.

Strawberry dacquoise: A classic french pastry in a new way with strawberries and a basil pastry cream.

Strawberry Basil Dacquoise

Hey there! I’m back home and I have been baking a lot for my birthday, a bbq and some cake orders. Last Friday we had a BBQ with the neighbors and I made this summery dacquoise cake for dessert. A dacquoise cake is made of whipped egg whites, sugars, almond and flour. I think it tastes quite like a macaron shell, as it has the same ingredients. You should try it!

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5 months in Paris

Five months in Paris have passed. I’ve had five months of pastry training in school and I have gained a kilo for each month. These five months were most definitely the fastest five months in my life. Everything went super fast. Days, classes (except for wine class which always seem to take 10 hours) and gaining weight. Oh well. #YOLO? No, I have a plan. I’m going back home for 1,5 months, will eat healthier and workout more (which is easy because right now, me working out is equal to none).

I haven’t updated my blog about school for a long time now. I don’t think I will blog about those weeks or maybe months anymore. Instead, I will tell you what I did last week and what I will do after this week.

Monday, last week, we had our final exam. This exam consisted of us making an apple tart, eclairs and religieuses in 5 hours. Everything went well but, my apple tart crimping edge still needs improvement. Tuesday we had a day of nothing, at school. The only thing I remembered is drinking some champagne that day.

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Weekend Tasting: Dessance

A couple weekends ago I went to Dessance with some friends. This is an all-dessert restaurant. Yes dessert only. The chef is Christophe Boucher (ex chef patissier of Ledoyen and Grand Vefour). Dessance opened somewhere in the beginning of this year.

The restaurant offers a menu carte blanche which consists of a mise en bouche, and 4 desserts of chef’s choice. We took the opportunity to share this experience by ordering the menu for two. They also offer a drink/wine pairing. (we did not try)

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Weekend Tasting: La Galerie at George V

Last weekend we had tea at Four Seasons George V hotel. We took the set Goûter à la Française (€60) at La Galerie, the salon du thé.
This includes 1 glass of champagne, an assortment of sandwiches, petit gateaux and petit fours. On the top level were a scone, canelé, madeleine and financier. Second level had a macaron aux mûres (blackberry), millefeuille, chocolat tart and verrine with mango pineapple (I think). The bottom level had 4 kinds of sandwiches with different kinds of bread.

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Week #UNKNOWN

I’m not even sure what school week we are in. I tried to count, and apparently it’s week 10 already Ö …  Somehow time flies very very hard and I lost track of everything that’s been happening. I even forgot to take pictures of some things. But now I gathered all the photo’s I have, so this post is for me to keep track too.

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