When Giselle Courteau published her first cookbook, Duchess Bake Shop, in November 2014, it was an instant hit. Aimed at the home baker, this 288-page hard-bound book reveals the recipes for Duchess’s most cherished pastries and treats, providing clear, detailed instructions and step-by-step photographs.
Written from the heart and exquisitely photographed, the book places all the Duchess favourites at the fingertips of the home baker: buttery brioche, delightful macarons, danishes, scrumptious scones, delicate madeleines, comforting brownies, creamy éclairs, impressive mille-feuilles, Duchess’s signature cakes, the glorious St. Honoré pastry, and so many others.
“There are no secrets to what we do and no magic tricks to making our final product, and that’s why I wanted to write this book.”
It took Giselle and her dedicated team over a year and a half of planning, writing, and testing to produce this gorgeous volume. Recipes had to be adapted for the home kitchen and were relentlessly tested and re-tested until just right.
But Giselle knew that great recipes are nothing if they are not clearly presented, and she took great pains to make sure hers were: the text is written clear and simple language, and many of the procedures are visually demonstrated through detailed photographs showing exactly what is expected at each step. These are a godsend for the home baker who may never have tried more complicated pastry techniques—such as folding croissant dough and making a lattice-top pie.
Duchess Bake Shop also includes invaluable tips about equipment, ingredients, and techniques—such as how to properly temper chocolate and how to make the best salted caramel—and tells Duchess’s fascinating story.
The book is self-published, with Giselle personally overseeing each painstaking detail.
Giselle and her team hope that this cookbook will be a timeless classic, helping home bakers gain confidence in the kitchen and passing on skills that are being all too quickly forgotten.