French Fridays with Dorie
I don’t know who Marie-Hélène is other than she has way too many strange letter/characters in her name that aren’t on my keyboard. When I signed up for French Friday’s with Dorie I knew I would be challenged in the kitchen to make amazing things outside my usual comfort zone but I had no idea I would also have to memorize an ascii table! Anyway, whoever she is she is Dorie’s friend and I must say that Dorie describers her to sound remarkably alike my now legendary former acquaintance, Giselle . She who I have imagined might have cooked Gerard’s Mustard Tart in her country house kitchen while sipping wine and never once looking at a recipe card. I had to laugh when Dorie revealed that her good friend Marie-Hélène doesn’t cook with one either and doesn’t even seem to know what she puts in her very own Apple Cake!
Can’t you just see Giselle and Marie-Hélène strolling back through the streets of Paris after a day’s worth of shopping at expensive clothing stores and picking up nick nacks at the flea market? Their usual custom was to stop at Fauchon for a box of macarons to take home and sip with strong cups of pressed coffee as they showed off and gloated about their purchases to each other. This time however, Marie-Hélène would suggest that instead she whip (from memory) up an apple cake! And what an apple cake it would be. Giselle would have to think up a non recipe pastry of her own the next time. After all, who could go to Fauchon again after this cake?
Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake
So here is to you Marie-Hélène! Your name gives me chuckles but you make one heck of an apple cake! I still wish I could casually throw together cakes and tarts without the benefit of a recipe but in the meantime, I’m glad to have Dorie’s books for reference! This one will definitely get a replay and who knows? I might just get this one memorized!
As you know, we’re not supposed to publish the recipes for FFWD but Ms. G has already leaked the recipe to Epicurious and they have posted it here . Leftovers make an amazing breakfast sweet with coffee by the way so don’t let your guests take the extra slices home with them!