with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

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Gateau Basque

Gateau Basque

Gateau Basque is one of the most famous desserts from French Basque country. And with good reason. A tender, sweet, cookie-like dough encloses a thick pastry cream flavored with vanilla and orange zest. A special cherry jam is often spread over the pastry cream before the top crust goes on. It is exquisite. I learned how to make Gateau Basque from Bernadette Irribarren, a native of the area, who has been baking the cake regularly for decades. At the time I was collecting recipes from immigrant bakers for my cookbook, “A Baker’s Odyssey.” Bernadette invited me to her home so that I could learn first-hand how she makes this special dessert.

Clafoutis, French Sweet Cherry Dessert

Clafoutis, French Sweet Cherry Dessert

Clafoutis, sometimes spelled clafouti, and pronounced cla-foo-tee, is a French dessert of sweet cherries baked in a custardy batter.  It is served warm dusted with powdered sugar and is very easy to make.  You don’t even have to pit the cherries!  At least that’s what […]

Sour Cherry Streusel Tart

Sour Cherry Streusel Tart

Fresh sour pie cherries are as precious as rubies. Bright and shiny like the gems they resemble, the sour Montmorency cherries have a short season (only 2 to 3 weeks in July) in western Montana, so I always pick some off a neighbor’s tree to […]