I got really excited about this challenge. Not long ago my Great Aunt was getting rid of some cookbooks, and she let me take this one:
So, channeling my inner Amy Adams (just kidding, it’s universally agreed that her half of the movie was pretty meh), I dug through this massive cookbook and had . . . no clue what to make. I could’ve done the traditional Julia dishes: Beef Bourguignon, Coq au Vin, Clafoutis, lots more French things that are way more complicated. But, Lisa was throwing a housewarming part this weekend, and I wanted to make something I could bring, and something sweet. I went with Puff Pastry filled with Pastry Cream.
I used my go-to recipe for Pastry Cream from Williams Sonoma, it’s my go-to baking cookbook. I actually consulted it a few times because Julia Child’s cookbook was a little difficult to follow.
I struggled a bit, with the piping bag, and the size of my oven (it’s small with only one rack). I like to think Julia would’ve been impressed with my ingenuity. Kidding. They got a little soft, lacking that crunch that is always so yummy.
Lisa’s Housewarming was a blast!
Things I learned:
- I need to improve my pastry cream – figure out how to thicken it.
- I need to keep trying with the pastry – I think trying a different recipe?
- I could probably learn a lot from more recipes in this cookbok.
Lisa will be back with Alton Brown!