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The Scoop: French patisserie opens in Grand Center

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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French pastry fans have a new place in Grand Center to satisfy their cravings. Mother and daughter duo Christine and Clemence Pereur, who hail from Conde-Sainte-Libiaire, France, opened Like Home French Café & Pastry on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 3855 Lindell Blvd.

 

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The small shop, which seats about 20, has a daily rotating menu of various macarons and pastries, plus breakfast and lunch offerings like soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches and tartines. Clemence Pereur, who formerly held the pastry chef position at Saint Louis Club, handles pastry duties while her mother, Christine, bakes all the breads. Hours of operation for the patisserie are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Baked: Tropezienne Tarts

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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My husband and I recently returned from our honeymoon in the south of France. Tropezienne tarts were one of many French delicacies we indulged in during our travels. These heavenly cream-filled brioche buns originated in St. Tropez, and many flavors exist like the original orange blossom cream.

I made a filling that reminded me of another favorite from the trip: Nutella-strawberry crepes. The bun is fluffy and soft with a crunch from the pearl sugar on top. The filling is luscious and not too sweet. Watch your dough; my buns to rose a little too much on my first try, so they resemble little burgers. Luckily this doesn’t affect the taste – and I adjusted the recipe so you won’t have the same result!

Tropezienne Tarts
8 to 10 servings
Adapted from a recipe at Joe Pastry  

9 oz. flour, divided
2 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1½ tsp. instant yeast, divided
4 eggs, divided
½ tsp. kosher salt
10½ Tbsp. butter, softened and divided
Pearl sugar, for sprinkling*
6 oz. chocolate hazelnut spread
½ cup heavy whipping cream, plus more if needed
½ cup sliced strawberries

• In a large bowl, stir together 3 ounces flour, the milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon yeast, and 1 egg with a fork until combined. Let rest 1 hour, then refrigerate overnight.
• Transfer the batter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 6 ounces flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1¼ teaspoons yeast and the salt until combined. Pour over the top of the existing dough and let rest 2 to 3 hours, until the dry mix starts to look cracked on top.
• Add 2 cold eggs and mix on medium speed until combined, 2 minutes. With the mixer running, add 8 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon at a time, letting the dough absorb each addition before adding the next tablespoon. When the mixture is combined and the dough is smooth, about 2 minutes, scrape it into a large well-oiled mixing bowl.
• Let rise 2 hours, then cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to push the wrap gently into the dough. Refrigerate the dough at least 2 hours or overnight.
• Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Divide the dough into 8 to 10 equal pieces and place them 1 to 2 inches apart. Use your hands to gently flatten the dough, then let rise 1½ hours.
• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
• In a small bowl, beat 1 egg. Brush the rolls with the egg wash and sprinkle with the pearl sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until golden. Let cool completely.
• Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the chocolate hazelnut spread, heavy cream and the remaining 2½ tablespoons butter on high speed until fluffy, adding more cream as needed if the mixture is too stiff.
• Slice the rolls in half and evenly divide the filling among the bottom halves, then top with a few strawberry slices. Replace the top halves and serve.

*Pearl sugar is available at Global Foods

 

Amrita Song is the owner and baker at Mila Sweets and blogs at Chai & Dumplings

First Look: Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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Internationally renowned pastries are now available in Kirkwood. Pastry chefs and co-owners Nathaniel and Lee Lee Reid opened Nathaniel Reid Bakery at 11243 Manchester Road on Aug. 1, serving up sweet and savory breakfast pastries, sandwiches and colorful tarts and cakes.

Nathaniel Reid’s career is studded with accolades and stints in prestigious kitchens. Dessert Professional magazine named him one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America in 2012, and he received U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year at the 2010 Paris Gourmet Competition. Mostly recently, he served as pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis, and he has crafted sweet confections at Joël Robuchon Restaurant at The Mansion at MGM Grand, as well as The Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas.

Despite his successes in the fine dining and hotel industries, Reid said he’s always wanted to open a community bakery. “This was the goal since I started 15 years ago, to get to this position,” he said. Reid designed and constructed the 1,920-square-foot space from scratch, knocking down the wall between the former clothing store and neighboring office to create a small retail space and expansive pastry kitchen visible through a large window behind the counter.

That window showcases baking techniques of all kinds. Reid and the kitchen team create pastries from delicate laminated dough, fresh crusty baguettes for sandwiches, vibrant tarts and cakes, a rainbow of macarons and more. Patrons select from the day’s offerings on display in four pastry cases and can pair with a Kaldi’s coffee drink or tea. Nathaniel Reid Bakery is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect when you step inside Kirkwood’s newest bakery:

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

By the Book: Christophe Felder’s Crème Brûlée Vanille au Zeste de Citron Vert

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013



Christophe Felder’s Patisserie is an encyclopedic tome of French pastry. Wanna learn to make croissants or macarons? The book has complex recipes like these, broken down step-by-step and interspersed with process photos to guide you along the way (particularly useful for novice bakers). The vast collection of French desserts in this book is impressive alone. I chose to make crème brûlée because, surprisingly, I’ve never made it, and I’ve always loved it. It’s a quintessential French dessert but so much easier than the odyssey that is Marronnier (chocolate-chestnut layer cake) on page 346.

Many crème brûlée recipes have you bake the custards in a bain marie, which is a water bath, but this one didn’t, which I thoroughly appreciated. It’s always a pain to set those things up, and I inevitably spill water everywhere. Instead, the recipe instructs to place the custards in a 200-degree oven for an hour and fifteen minutes.

When they came out, I was excited that they were solid but trembling slightly in the middle – just like the recipe described.

The recipe does not tell you to chill the custards but to just let them cool completely. Well, my impatience got the best of me. I chilled one in the freezer for about 30 minutes and then brûléed the top under a broiler. It was not good. The custard was still loose, and because it wasn’t completely chilled, it still had a really strong egg taste, like a vanilla-citrus-scented soft scramble. Weird.

However, the next day, I tried another custard and the time-alone-to-itself period made a difference. The custard had a chance to condense; albeit, still runnier in texture than the thick, velvety versions I’m used to, it was much better. Perhaps an hour and fifteen minutes was not long enough to make it set in my oven. The flavor improved overnight too … less eggy and a lot more like the flavor of well … crème brûlée.

Crème Brûlée Vanille au Zeste de Citron Vert
(Lime-Vanilla Crème Brûlée)
Serves 4

Special equipment: individual gratin dishes

2½ vanilla beans
1 cup milk
5 eggs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
½ lime
½ cup light brown sugar

• Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a paring knife. Bring the milk and vanilla seeds and beans to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and let infuse.
• Separate the eggs and place the yolks in a bowl. Whisk the sugar into the egg yolks, just until the sugar dissolves. The mixture should not pale in color.
• Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
• Add the cream to the egg yolk-sugar mixture, whisking until smooth. Then whisk the cooled milk into the mixture until smooth.
• Using a citrus zester, remove the colored zest from the lime in fine julienne strips, leaving the white pith. Or use a vegetable peeler and cut the zest into julienne strips with a knife.
• Divide the zest among the grain dishes. Ladle the custard into the dishes
• Depending on the size of the ramekins, bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes, just until the custard is slightly wobbly. Let cool completely.
• Sift ½ of the brown sugar in an even layer over the custards. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar. Or broil the custards on the top shelf of the oven. Sprinkle the crème brûlées with the remaining brown sugar and caramelize again.
• Serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from Rizzoli International Publications.

What’s your favorite dessert to order out and why? Tell us about it in the comments section below for a chance to win a copy Patisserie. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s By the Book column.

And now, we’d like to congratulate Katie, whose comment on last week’s By the Book has won her a copy of French Bistro. Katie, keep an eye out for an email from the Sauce crew. 

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