Today is my daughter Claire's 26th birthday and since Mondays are busy for everyone, our family celebrated this milestone yesterday. Claire is a 6th grade stem-science teacher, and one week before her spring break began she said to me, "Let's go somewhere together!" New Orleans is where we ended up... my first time there. After having some great meals, and a roasted banana Gâteau Saint Honoré one night for dessert, this is what my daughter requested for her birthday cake. This is my rendition of the Banana Gâteau Saint Honoré.
I've been debating whether or not to print out the recipe. I can't say it's a difficult dessert to make, but there were endless steps that I customized to make it exactly what I wanted the end result to be... pecan pâte brisée, choux pastry, roasted bananas, banana pastry cream, chiboust, caramel, whipped cream. Many components. Email me if interested??
Below are several of my favorite photos from our trip to New Orleans. Low 80's and humidity felt really good after experiencing the winter from hell in Minnesota this year.
The birthday girl...
It would be easy enough to say that I made éclairs à la framboise because Valentine's Day is this week. All anyone needs to do is look at them to agree that Valentine's is the perfect time to bake and devour this pink pastry.
But it actually had more to do with the dismal weather we've been experiencing here in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It started with the Polar Vortex. The cold was a challenge for anyone heading outdoors, but especially difficult for my French Bulldog, Bisous. I never let him outdoors during the extreme cold unless I accompanied him; a good decision after our first time out together in the backyard. After two minutes, his feet were already so cold that he fell sideways and couldn't walk. I scooped up that 30 pound "little man" and ran like hell towards the house. Since then, it seems like every other day we've had ice or snow, or both.
We've also been dealing with a very sick, little granddaughter for the past 10 days. Liv is my culinary dream child... she loves everything that comes out of my kitchen. But there were several days she wasn't able to eat, and when she finally did start feeling better I wanted to take her something special. When I saw this New York Times recipe for raspberry eclairs, I knew immediately we all needed this colorful pastry!