Hazelnut Praline Financier

What are they? Presumably, the rich little cake was named for the rich financiers who frequented Lasne’s bakery on the Rue St.-Denis which was near the Bourse, the financial center of Paris. The cake’s rectangular shapes resembling golden bars also kind of supports that theory. The financier is a light and moist almond sponge cake…

Hazelnut Praliné Paste

It was 1910 when pastry chef Louis Durand created upon request one of the most famous French desserts of all time, the Paris-Brest. The request came from the organizer of a popular “Paris-Brest-Paris” bicycle race (which still exists today but is only open to amateurs) who wanted a dessert to be served at the arrival. I attempted to recreate it in October 2017…

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake Mousse.

[Historical Flashback] It was the year 1946, a few months after the end of the World War II, a young confectioner had a vision; an affordable luxury made of a small amount of cocoa and lots of hazelnuts. He created Giandujot, or Pasta Gianduja. Produced as loaves wrapped in aluminium foil, giving the opportunity for both the…

12 Days of Baking – Day 7: Chocolate Hazelnut Kisses

I’m editing this post a few hours before my flight home. I didn’t manage to finish those 12 days of baking, before I leave, but I will be finishing them from the original kitchen that started this all ❤  How many times do you skip a recipe that calls for 4 egg yolks just because…