As a follow-up to his spectacular Patisserie, master pastry chef Christophe Felder presents Gâteaux, a beautifully illustrated guide to executing perfect cakes, from delightful small bites to showstopping centerpieces.
Classic French pastry represents the pinnacle of control, elegance, and technique. From jewellike caneles and madeleines in a window case to burnished brioches at the boulangerie to showstopper centerpiece desserts at five-star restaurants, everyone loves a perfect bake.
Precise instructions and step-by-step photo- graphs guide bakers through 150 mouthwatering recipes, including one-bite delights, simple cakes, Sunday breads, celebration cakes, and tarts. Felder includes French classics such as sables, eclairs, Saint-Honore cake, tarte tatin, and croquembouche, regional recipes from Alsace, Brittany, and Provence, as well as his own twists on Belgian (Speculoos), German (Black Forest cake), and Australian (Pavlova) desserts.
Each beautiful photograph will inspire bakers of all levels while step-by-step pictures clearly illustrate techniques such as making fondant flowers, constructing a charlotte, and braiding a brioche. To build younger bakers' skills and confidence, Felder includes a section of easy recipes for the whole family-which don't short on proper technique.
About the Authors
Christophe Felder is one of the world’s most respected pastry chefs, authors, and teachers. He was the pastry chef at the Hôtel de Crillon for fifteen years before publishing more than twenty cookbooks in France and opening his own pastry school for home cooks.
Camille Lesecq was the head pastry chef at the Hotel Meurice in Paris.
"The recipes are fantastic including pineapple baba with lime meringue; orange-lemon loaf; caramel brownie cake; lemon roulade; and chocolate truffle cake."
"This book is huge in content - size - photos - recipe and taste! A beautifully laid out book that draws your attention from page one. The photos are page big and are fabulously paired with some of the best recipes you will find for some of your favorite desserts! I can not tell you how much fun I had looking through this book!"
--Blaise the Baker