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Pâte sablée / Rich shortcrust recipe

Mardi, juillet 21st, 2020

Pâte sablée is a typical shortcrust widely used in French cuisine. It’s an easy pastry dough to make and it is great to make ahead of time, you can even freeze it!

Pâte sablée has this incredible texture. It crumbles a little bit but it is not dry at all, it is also rich and buttery. Pâte sablée is one of the most used French shortcrust pastry dough.

What kind of tarts can I make with a pâte sablée ?

You can fill your pâte sablée crust with pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit in summer. It is just delicious. You can also use it as the base for chocolate tarts and any kind of fruit. All you need to do, is fully bake the tart crust, and you can fill it with whatever you want!

La recette de la pâte sablée en français

Listen to « Les mots du jour »


Chocolate charlotte

Jeudi, juillet 16th, 2020

A little bit of a background

Although Charlotte is a very popular dessert in France, its origin is… English! We have to go back to the 19th century in England where a cook invented this dessert in the honour of Charlotte, the wife of George III and grand-mother of Queen Victoria. At this time, Charlotte dessert was crafted in a round and rather tall mold, covered with bread and filled with compote.

A few years later, a cook, Antonin Carême, founder of pastry and French haute cuisine, replaced the bread with boudoir biscuits and the compote with Bavarian cream. Charlotte, as we know it now, was born!

Here is my recipe « recette » of « charlotte au chocolat ». This beautiful dessert looks impressive but is not complicated to make.

But before this exquisite recipe, let’s learn a little bit of French! You can skip this part if you want ;-)

Listen to « les mots du jour », an audio file containing a the name and the ingredients of this recipe in French & download some vocabulary in French!