Oftentimes I hear comments about how difficult the French kitchen is. All those techniques. All that precision. French cooking, and especially French baking, is for the real pros. In other words, French chefs and bakers. So, if we want authentic French taste, our safest bet is to head to a French restaurant or bakery.
French cooking is only as complicated as we want it to be. Of course, there’s an element of know-how involved, but there’s also an element of passion, and perhaps even more important, an element of simplicity. When creating some of the more ‘difficult’ French recipes, I make sure to include all three factors.
Take Canelés de Bordeaux. I can’t tell you how many disasters I’ve seen.