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Baked French Toast with Pecan Crumble: Know the Recipe December 18 2014, 0 Comments

One of the most important things when it comes to any type of French toast dish is the actual bread itself. This is not the time to be using regular old white bread. Find bread like challah or french.

French Toast
Butter a 13x9 inch baking dish. It’s important that you cut the pieces of bread in similar sizes so everything will cook evenly. You can also overlap the bread as necessary.

In a bowl whisk together some eggs, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon, you can also add nutmeg. Pour this eggy mixture over the bread evenly making sure every piece gets the eggy custard mixture on it.

Cover and chill for 2 hours.

Pecan Crumble
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a pulser, chop some pecans, brown sugar, a little bit of butter and salt until it is coarsely chopped and the nuts have been chopped down to an almost powdery substance.

Once your French toast has chilled for 2 hours, take it out, uncover it and place the pecan crumble all over the bread, cover with foil and bake until it’s warmed through - about 30 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for another 30-45 minutes until the crumble has a really nice brown color to it.

Syrup
Take about a bag of black berries, some sugar and lemon juice and put them into a sauce pot on high heat until they start to boil.

Reduce heat to medium/low and stir occasionally - the berries should be soft and the juice from them should thicken. This takes about 10 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat, stir in some maple syrup.

You can either place the syrup directly on the French toast or put it in a glass dish with a serving spoon so everyone can serve themselves.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


How to Decorate and Give Your Home a Festive Touch This Christmas December 03 2014, 0 Comments

If you love Christmas time and the winter season as much as most people, you probably also enjoy decorating the inside of your house and having many Christmas parties. If you are out of ideas or you just want a few new ones to decorate your house this Christmas, be sure to keep reading below for some of the best and most festive holiday decorations of the year.

Centerpieces
Centerpieces are known for being the focal point of the table. But, if you want to do something a little different this year and you are tired of the same old stuff, why not try a candy centerpiece? It’s not as gaudy as one would think and can actually be quite tasteful and classy. One idea is to take a clear, tall, wide glass and fill it with different layers of mints. One example would be white table mints, then a layer of red and white mints, then white, red and white and so on and so forth. You can also add sweets to white ceramic candy trays, green and red goblets and clear glasses. Some ideas are rock candy sticks, ribbon candy of all colors, colorful chocolate and mint dinner mints and of course, calissons

Above Table Chandelier
If you thought the only thing you would be decorating this year was your tree, think again. Chandeliers are a great option to decorate, because besides the centerpiece, they are an idea focal point for any table. Dumb down the colors and use light icy blues, silver and white ribbons alongside shimmery decorations like stars, snowflakes or homemade Christmas tree balls for an amazingly simple yet classy look that everyone will compliment. If you have a chandelier that is pretty high from the table you can even string a few ornaments and items down from the chandelier so they hang down.

Windowsills
A lot of people have beautiful windows in their homes but they always get frustrated over what to put on the windowsills. Sure, you can do the traditional candles in each window, but if you want to start new traditions or try something different than usual, why not use what you already have to decorate the windowsill? One idea is to use tall clear jars of different heights and fill them up with different left over Christmas tree balls. The different heights and colors makes for an interesting and high impact display. If you really want to make an impact, be sure to use different sized Christmas balls too - from regular sized to mini.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


Celebrating Thanksgiving with French Canadian Recipes November 24 2014, 0 Comments

The first Thanksgiving as we know it today, was celebrated in 1578 on the Canadian Shores. It was really a celebration of coming together and being thankful for a plentiful harvest and while these ideals have all but changed today, the celebration and the holiday itself still holds true to what most people know about Thanksgiving: Being thankful for family, a good life, your health, and the bountiful food placed on the table. If you want to celebrate a French Canadian Thanksgiving this year, you should check out some of the traditional and more modernized recipes below thanks to our French Canadian friends.

French-Canadian Pea Soup (Soupe aux pois): Soup in general is one of the best comfort foods for the winter months, but this one is very popular with French Canadian Thanksgiving Day feasts and includes onion, celery and carrots as the base alongside fresh yellow peas, salt pork (ham), and just a touch of savory spice.

Mashed Pumpkin Potatoes: This is a really delicious dish that is hardy and flavorful and it includes cooked pumpkins as well as potatoes. Be sure to add in some cooked bacon, butter for extra flavor, and heavy cream or half and half for a creamy yummy texture. This is a dish that goes with most any main course.

Cinnamon-Cranberry Pork Tenderloin: Ground cinnamon and maple syrup are used as a wet dry rub for the tenderloin, which is topped with fresh cranberries, maple syrup and lemon glaze!

Canadian Butterscotch pie: A very traditional dessert to serve and prettyeasy to make, this pie includes brown sugar, flour, eggs, milk, vanilla and butter. You can also add your own flair to this pie by placing scores in the crust, adding butterscotch chips to the bottom of the pan or serving with ice-cream.

 

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States 800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com
by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States
800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com