This book shows you the easy way to make classic French pastries with no fuss. By the author of the bestselling 'Mad About Macarons' and a busy mother herself, Jill's expertise shows you time saving, easy ways to make eclairs, tartlets, millefeuilles, and macarons. Share in Jill's enthusiasm and skills learned from the French over her 22 years in Paris to help you master patisserie easily at home. With 50 typical teatime recipes, enjoy tips, stories and a walks section that shows where to taste many of the best pastries in Paris.Lavishly photographed, Jill starts with simple and mouthwatering French teacakes, hot chocolate, crepes and ice cream then continues with clear step-by-step instructions for each chapter: choux (eclair) pastry; tartlets; millefeuilles; and gluten-free macarons. The final chapter culminates in a French tea party, mixing and matching the recipes to produce temptations such as Chocolate-Earl Grey Tartlets with Orange-Liqueur Crumble Puffs, a Paris-Brest with a twist and a Saint-Honore, plus many more treats that you'll be inspired to create yourself.This book will help the learner baker build confidence.Complete with tea-pairing suggestions, add your own Parisian touch to 4 o'clock teatime in no time.
Jill thought patisserie and macarons were hard to make when she first moved to France, after she fell in love with a Frenchman in her native Scotland. Making the move to Paris in 1993, Jill couldn't speak much French and had never needed to entertain before. Realising her banana surprise with custard from a packet mix was not going to hack it with her French dinner guests, she needed to improve her culinary skills tout de suite in order to impress. Over the years she has gained confidence by learning cookery tricks from her French friends and family. As a busy working mum, Jill began to make patisserie as a hobby - partly as a challenge, and partly for her budget. Calling herself a "lazy gourmet", she loves exploring ways to make impressive-looking treats without spending too much time or money on them, while keeping the authenticity of pastry's exquisite taste. Previously a professional musician, Jill continues to enjoy playing flute and piano and also conducts chocolate shop and patisserie walking tours around St Germain des Pres in Paris.