Recipe Review: Fall Fruit Crumble


The Fall Fruit Crumble is one of my go-to recipes because of its versatility, ease, and deliciousness.  In the Fall version,  there are apples, pears, and cranberries, topped with a simple crumble of oats, flour, sugar, and butter.  The recipe can be easily modified to use fruit that is in season – a summer version might include nectarines and blueberries.  The recipe was first published in Gourmet magazine, and an on-line version is on epicurious.com.  The recipe is highly rated and many people have suggested modifications to the recipe.  I did enjoy a modification of adding an additional 1/4 – 1/2 cup of oats to the crumble.  I also bake the crumble for approximately forty minutes as opposed to the twenty minutes in the recipe.  A great, handy recipe for your repertoire.

Link to recipe here.

Borough Market London


Borough Market is a bustling food market in central London.  It’s located a couple of blocks from the London Bridge Underground station and open Thursday – Saturday.  It was my first stop on a recent trip to London and a great starting off point to explore London’s South Bank along the Queen’s Walk towards London City Hall and the Tower Bridge.  There are all manner of food stalls in this huge market – sweets, cheeses, charcuterie, olives, breads, beers.  Plus there are plenty of vendors of hot food – melting wheels of raclette cheese, crisped duck confit sandwiches from  Le Marche du Quartier, empanadas, and grilled sausages (bangers?).  Great fun for the food tourist in London.

Eric Kayser Boulangerie Patisserie Paris


I had the good fortune of staying at a hotel in Paris near Place Vendome that was around the corner from an Eric Kayser Bakery.  Needless to say, I went there almost every morning for breakfast.  They make great baguettes, a traditional one as well as a delicious seeded one (baguette cereale).  There is something about baguettes in France – crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside – that is difficult to find in the US.  They also had great croissants, pain aux raisins that was flaky and had a sweet custard, delicious mini financiers (I ended up bringing two bags back to the US), brioche, and assorted pastries.  There are mini versions of some of the croissants for only 0,65 euros.  They serve coffee and there is a small seating area.  The service was very nice and one morning they even gave us a plate of assorted mini financiers.  There is a 7 euro minimum for credit cards (easy, just buy another pastry if you are short!).  They also have items to take away for lunch, including sandwiches, salads, and quiche.  A great way to prepare for a picnic lunch at Versailles or wherever you might go in Paris.

Patisserie Pierre Herme Paris


There are a few places that are worth traveling half way around the world for.  Pierre Herme is now definitely at the top of that list for me.  Pierre Herme is famous for the wildly inventive flavors of its macarons.  They also have an incredible selection of highly refined, absolutely perfect pastries.  There are several locations in Paris.  A small shop in mega-department store Galleries Lafayette only sells macarons and chocolates.  The flagship store at 72 rue Bonaparte in Saint-Germain des Pres near the Saint Sulpice metro stop has everything – pastries, macarons, chocolates, and a line out the door.  The store is elegant and the pastries are displayed like jewels.  They are not cheap – a small pastry was 6,90 euros, and a box of seven macarons was 17 euros.  But the thing I like about pastries is that they are still relatively affordable, once-in-a-while luxuries.

Before going to Paris I did some web research and found the Paris Patisseries website, which has gorgeous photos and rankings of the best patisseries (specialized bakeries overseen by a master pastry chef) and pastries served in Paris.  The one that initially caught my eye was the Tarte Infinement Vanille, made with vanilla from Tahiti, Madagascar, and  Mexico.  It has a perfect tart shell filled with a vanilla gel and topped with a vanilla mousse.  Really rich and smooth.  Then I chose the Ispahan, two rose macarons with raspberries and lychee filling.  This was perfection, absolutely amazing, and the one I keep dreaming about going back to Paris for.

The macarons are excellent with exotic flavor combinations.  I really enjoyed the passionfruit and chocolate and the salted caramel.  I only ate two per day out of the box of seven, but by the third day they had gone a bit stale.  Lesson learned, next time I will eat them all at once!

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