Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tartine

By Elisabeth Prueitt & Chad Robertson


This is a book, that despite New Year's Resolutions, needs to be ordered. The cover alone was enough to reel me in hook, line and sinker....BUT WAIT! They show you how to make croissants inside!

I've lived in Kansas for 5 1/2 years and I give it a 99.8% and I'll tell you what the missing percentages are for.

1) No FRENCH BAKERIES! What's up with that? There was one, it went out of business for some shenanigans I won't go into.....Then I "heard" about another one, made a field trip....it had closed. Do you know the trauma of NEEDING a good chocolate croissant with a cafe creme and not being able to get a fix? Anyone seen the movie "It's Complicated" and died when they were at the bakery at night? I know you know what I'm talking about.

2) The other percent is because there are no TRADER JOES out here....yet. There are a group of us who write to them, okay, beg them to PLEASE open up a store. Heck, I'd drive an hour if it meant being able to saunter down the isle, stock piling on all their treats.

I'm order the book, it's happening today, and I am going to try my hand at baking croissants and will have to give you all a report once I do. It can't be any more complicated than rice crispy treats....RIGHT????? Raise your hand if you have braved the waters and made homemade croisssants? Cathy...did I see you raise your hand in Oregon? If so, we need to talk girl!

12 comments:

Susan said...

I have made croissants once. It was complicated, time consuming and they turned out wonderful. I have not tried again because I remember the stress it caused. ;) I have found the only really, really good croissants are in France. All others pale in comparison.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Nancy..thanks for stopping by to visit Farmhouse..and YES ! a rainy day at Maddona Inn eating some cake would be PERFECT !

So as I came here to visit Acorn Cottage...what do I see? One of my favorite cookbooks....I got this a couple of years ago and LOVE it......

Love your music...very nice...

I'll be back to visit soon, dear one

Love,
Kary
xxx

Marianna said...

I've never been brave enough to try homemade croissants...I shouldn't tell you this, but Trader Joe's has a frozen chocolate croissant that is absolutely wonderful! Actually, I can tell you because I no longer have a Trader Joe's either (: It is the one thing I miss most about Indiana!!

Cathy said...

Alas, Susan is correct. Once you've eaten croissant in Paris... But since we aren't in Paris we have to make do. I admit, I've never tried to make them, but you've gotten me thinking.

Love the bakery scenes in It's Complicated. It's a good thing we don't demand any elements of reality in movies we like. I would be up all night making something like croissant and the kitchen would loook like a flour bomb went off in it.

Gotta have that book.

BECKY said...

thanks for your well wishes, BFF!! I really mean it when I say how much I love hearing from YOU!!! I'm doing pretty well...thought I might be running a fever earlier, but I'm not! Whew! Scary!

I have never been to a Trader Joe's but we do have a lovely little French bakery about 10 miles away, and of course there is a wonderful one in Epcot!! I'm not a big pastry fan, but do love a good croissant!!
Let us know how they turn out!!
Have a blessed week!!
Love ya,
Becky

Beverly said...

Hi Nancy. Mmmmm... Chocolate Croissants. My mouth is watering. Never tried making them. Yes, loved that scene in Complicted. Wanted them to stay there longer. Never tried making croissants, but sure your's will be great.

Jules said...

Cafe de Croissants.....need I say more?

Conny said...

Hi Nancy, thank you so much for the sweetest comment om my blog. Don´t worry about the language and feel free to write in english on my blog. I understand perfectly... Great to see your blog as well. Best regards from Conny

Elizabeth said...

I have an idea for you if yours don't turn out. Have you ever seen the ones the are in the Williams Sonoma catalog? You get 15 of them, and they also have chocolate ones. They are a bit pricey, but they are very very good. They arrive frozen, which I don't know how they do it, Then you proof them at home. That was one thing that made me shake my head on the scene from "It's complicated." She cut them out and rolled them up, then popped them in the oven....You have to let them rise one more time before you put them in the oven...tisk tisk ;)

The cook book you have pictured, is a patisserie in San Francisco, you may already know this....I have been there, and everything is super yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a devil to find a parking spot though, so I've only ventured over there once. I really want that book too :)

Seriously though, try the ones at Williams Sonoma, they are made by a French baker. I agree with Susan though, France is best.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi Nancy, Yes, the Tartine cookbook is great. My husband and I got to visit Tartine Bakery when we attended the San Francisco Fancy Food Show. Once we got a little table, well, we CAMPED there for two hours tasting great things and drinking coffee, and oh, I should mention, people watching. Fun and delish.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Conny - Fr√łken Klara said...

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Jeanneoli said...

Everything on the cover looks amazing. We may not have a Trader Joes but we do have a French Bakery:-)