What’s even better than a Christmas tree at the holidays?A French pastry tree, of course! The traditional French croquembouche (“crunch in the mouth”) is a classic dessert of choux pastry balls piled in a cone shape and drizzled with caramel. It’s traditionally served at weddings, but it’s perfect for serving on any special occasion. The easiest way to make a croquembouche is to go to Maison Parisienne and buy several dozen choux pastries to assemble yourself. Or, if you want the full experience, you can make choux pastry yourself. It’s a delicate operation, so you may want to make a few practice tries before you serve it to company. Don’t worry, you can eat the mistakes.
Fall is here, and that means apples are in season all over the U.S. and Europe.What to do with your surplus? Most of humanity agrees that there are few things better on a chilly fall day than a warm apple pastry, baked in a rich sugar-butter glaze into tender, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. As an alternative to the traditional apple pie, try making a traditional French tart with apples instead.
Macaroons, éclairs, croissants, tarts… the French have an almost endless variety of ways to express their love of chocolate.This love goes back many centuries, to when Anne of Austria brought chocolate to France with her marriage to King Louis XIII in 1615. At first chocolate was primarily drunk as a hot beverage, but chocolate bonbons, pastries and glaces soon exploded in popularity.
It’s time to play "Chicago or Paris?"Test your knowledge of french chicago by guessing the answers to the following two questions:
- Where can you get fresh, delicious, traditionally-made baguettes, pastries, quiches, sandwiches, and classic entrees like boeuf bourguignon?
- Where can you visit the museum that TripAdvisor.com users rated the number-one museum in the world?
The world of French pastries is a magical, complex, and sometimes overwhelming.When you enter Maison Parisienne in search of the best French pastries in Chicago, you may be amazed at the amazing things that can be accomplished with butter, flour, sugar and eggs (plus a few extras). Here’s a guide to memorize so that you can sound smart and impress your friends when you stop into Maison Parisienne for a snack.
Macaroons and moreWhen most Americans hear the word “macaroons,” they may typically think of the chewy clusters of shredded coconut commonly sold in stores and restaurants. The fact is that almost every country in the world has its own version of the macaroon. French macaroons, however, are clearly the best. For the sake of this post, we will refer to them by the English word, although the correct term in French is macaron. But don’t worry – at Maison Parisienne, you can order them in whichever language you want.
French tart vs American pie: Vive la différence!Imagine you have your choice of either a French tart or its close cousin, the American pie. Which one will you choose to eat? There is no single answer, of course, for they are very different despite their similarities.