Moka Dupont, page 65

I bought the Petit Beurre the last time I was in France so I could make this cake.  This was easy to make and my two boys loved it, not so much the grown ups, but still very good.



Lamb Tagine, page 199 and Lemon-Pistachio Israeli Couscous


How perfect was this?

After my son’s first bite he asked if we could have this again.

I cooked the lamb for 3 hours and it was just perfect.  I totally forgot to use the honey, I also forgot the salt for the fougasse before baking.

I loved the couscous it is the first time I cook Israeli couscous.  It is also very nice cold the day after as a salad.

We are so having this again and then I will remember the honey.

Apple Weekend Cake, page 14


This was an easy bake.

I used one sweet apple and one green a bit sour one.  I sprinkled some granulated sugar on top, like I do for Dorie’s  quatre  quarts from AMFT.   I will make this one again, it is more kids friendly than Marie Helen’s apple cake from AMFT.  It has 3 tbls of dark rum and my son’s are not too happy with it.  The grown ups love it.  This cake is perfect to finish off some apples in the fridge.  It was even better the day after it was baked.

Chocolate and dried cherry fougasse (266)

What a beauty.

I loved this one.  My DH was rather surprised when he got home and there were no olives in my version of fougasse.

I did not have any cherries so I used dried cranberries.  I did cut the chocolate into large chunks I don’t like cutting chocolate.  I was worried that my dried yeast was old and would not work but it was OK.  I did not have any orange on hand so I used one teaspoon of orange blossom water.  Orange blossom water is very common in the south of France.  Like in Navette .

The first fougasse was over the same day as I made it.

Cheesecake, Alsace style page 31

This was a very light cheesecake.

We had it for desert and loved it.  My DH would have liked some whipped cream to go with it so maybe I will do that for the leftovers.  (It was all gone before we could try it with the whipped cream)

We went to France  in the beginning of February and I did stop at Carrefour for some raisins and vanilla beans.  I was very careful not to buy any soap as I have to finish my stash at home.  I was given one bar that I took home with me.  I bought dark rum at the duty free as I was all out.  You cannot be in a french baking club and be out of dark rum and vanilla.  I also bought one kg of buckwheat flour as it is very hard to come by.

I had a little problem with the shell but it turned out OK.

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Carrot cake page 277


I really liked this one.  Not all members of my family did though,  the one who does not like cinnamon loved the frosting.  It was very light and not too sweat.  I did not have  10 inc cake pans but I did have 9 inc.  The cake did rise a bit  so I had to cut a rather large section of the top.  I loved it and would make it again for a party.  It was a bit  big for the 5 of us.