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Almond paste

Homemade almond paste has a unique taste with a distinct almond flavor. There are mainly two sorts of almond paste: the cooked one (recipe below) and commonly known as “marzipan” and the raw one made with egg whites. The latter is mainly used to prepare...

Nuts and chocolate granola

I love granola, especially when it’s crispy with a nice taste of roasted oat. And believe me, nothing  in the supermarkets is better than a home made granola, whatever the recipe is… I am sharing my favorite one with you, and all those who tried it confirm...

Caramelized nuts

Caramelized nuts can be used inside or on the top of tarts, entremets, choux/eclairs, millefeuilles or even simple poundcakes. It’s a simple way to “upgrade” your pastries by adding a nice crunch. There are many techniques to caramelize nuts, this is...

Nuts or coca nibs nougatine

Nougatines are perfect to decorate cakes and tarts, they add an amazing crunchy texture. They can be placed in the middle of  desserts as well, in the mousse, to give them crunchy middles. You can prepare them with your favorite nuts, sesame seeds, cocoa nibs… ...

Gianduja

Gianduja is a fancy name given to a delicious paste of roasted hazelnuts, chocolate (in general milk one) and icing sugar. It’s used to fill chocolate candies, or to prepare mousses and ganaches/whipped ganaches… In my recipe below I reduced the quantity...