Breaking eggs to break ice...
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Breaking eggs to break ice...

So when an American is invited to meet a French significant other’s family member (not me, lest the rumors begin) for the first time, the stress runs high. How to make a good impression on this family member? What to wear? What to talk about? What to bring to the picnic?

I can answer none of these, except for the last one. When it comes to bringing a food item for a picnic, any American in Paris should have a “duh” moment. Make cupcakes. Or, better yet, get your friend to make them for you and bring a box of them. And so a friend came over tonight and we (read: I) made cupcakes. Trying some new recipes inspired by another talented cupcake baker, we did some floral flavors and some ganache, straying from the usual flavors and buttercream that we all love and hold so dear.

Voila the results. I thank my friend for her ganaching skills and congratulate her on her newfound talent for pastry bagging (that sounds dirty…). The lavender cakes are floral, springy goodness. The vanilla cakes with dark the dark chocolate covering are exquisite and classic, like mom’s. Well, I imagine if my mom made ganache, it would have tasted like this…

Anyway, yum!

I hope they succeed in impressing the family member tomorrow, or else there is no hope of an eventual engagement ring…

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