Swirled Apple Tarte Tatin

Swirled Apple Tarte Tatin | ZoëBakes photo by Zoë François

Swirled Apple Tarte Tatin is a modern take on a French classic dessert. Apples baked in buttery caramel, until the apple absorbs the caramel and turn amber. The original dessert is rustic and beautifully humble, just apples cut, placed in a pan with caramel, then baked with the curst on top and inverted. Not much to look at, but one of the most revered desserts for the rich caramelized apples and flaky pastry. On instagram I saw a version that was so elegant, but still looked equally as delicious. Perfect spirals of apples, baked in caramel and turned out onto puff pastry. HOW did they get those even continuous slices of apples. I have most pastry equipment available to home bakers, but nothing in my pantry could create this shape. A little sleuthing and I found it, my new favorite kitchen tool. 

You can see me create this tart in my Instagram video and watch the apple slicer create the delicate ribbons. 

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Best Desserts of 2020

Best Desserts of 2020 | ZoeBakes photo by Zoë François

Best Desserts of 2020. These are the most popular sweets I posted on Instagram in 2020. Some of them are old favorites (crepe cake, pavlova and butterscotch pot de creme) and some of them are actually “recipes” I repurposed as I tested the cakes for my upcoming book, Zoë Bakes Cakes! I took the cake fillings (sticky coconut, milk chocolate mascarpone mousse, caramel and bittersweet chocolate ganache) and layered it into a pavlova meringue pie shell to create the Kitchen Sink Angel Pie. I just never know where inspiration will come from! 😉 Other recipes I made from my friends books, like the pumpkin pie with my homemade marshmallows from Erin McDowell’s Book on Pie. The cheesecake was inspired by the little blue berry, but you can make it with any fruit. You’ll find the recipes below and I have TUTORIALS ON INSTAGRAM!

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9 Holiday Dessert Recipes

Yule Log or Buche de Noel | ZoeBakes

Sure, you could put out a cookie plate, but why not also make a show-stopping croquembouche? Or a modern version of the yule log? From the most dazzling centerpieces to the humble (but delicious!) sugar cookie, this list of Christmas desserts has something for everyone.

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Tips for Baking the Best Cookies

A stack of chocolate chip cookies for ice cream sandwiches | ZoëBakes

As I write this guide, it is early December, also known as “official cookie season.” There is no wrong way to make holiday cookies, and every style of cookie should be on the table (literally and figuratively). However, the joy of baking the best cookies isn’t reserved for the holidays. Every gathering is made a little better by a giant platter of cookies, and nothing satisfies a crowd like the classic dessert. Plus, making cookies from scratch is fun. So whether you’re baking non-stop for the holiday season, or preparing for a summer barbecue, this guide on how to make cookies will help you come up with ideas and tricks to perfect your cookies. Plus I include some of my favorite recipes. Read More

My Favorite Baking Equipment

‘Tis the baking season and time to give gifts to your loved ones who bake pie, cake, bread, cookies and so much more. I’ve had lots of questions about my favorite baking equipment and what to get the bakers in your life. You can always find the list of what I am using in my kitchen in my “Shop” tab at the top of my website. I only post the products that I actually use and love. You’ll find a link my beloved torch below. 

I’m also including some gift ideas from small businesses I love. Enjoy!

Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

The Wreath of Joy by Joy Summers

The Wreath of Joy – You can DM your orders to Como Harriet Design on Instagram to get one-of-a-kind bespoke silk flower wreaths made by my good friend, Joy Summers.

Zoë François wearing Silk Oak Designs necklace

Silk Oak Designs – My Mom’s leather and stone handmade necklaces can be worn as chokers (as I prefer in the kitchen) or as looser single and double strands. Visit her site to get more ideas and see the selections of designs. They’ve become the only jewelry I wear and each piece tells a story. Read More

Sufganiyot (Jelly Filled Doughnuts)

Sufganiyot (Jelly Filled Doughnuts) with various fillings and toppings

Sufganiyot are jelly filled doughnuts served during Chanukah. They are my family’s favorite treat during the Festival of Lights. These are not something I grew up having during Chanukah, but was a new tradition introduced to me in Minnesota by a friend who brought a box of store-bought doughnuts to our annual gathering. That was a dozen years ago, and I have been making sufganiyot ever since. I will never celebrate the holiday without them. Chanukah may not be the highest of Jewish holidays, but it is up there amongst the tastiest. Fried foods are served during the holiday to symbolize the miracle of one night’s worth of oil to light the menorah lasting eight days. I love everything about a festival dedicated to foods fried in oil and it’s even better that it lasts eight days. Latkes (potato pancakes) and soufganiyot are the two musts at the Chanukah table we share with friends and family. What’s not to love and they are easy to create. The key is a lightly sweet, enriched, yeasted dough that has just enough body to hold the jelly within. I made the dough with butter, because it is delicious, but if you want to keep this pareve (non-dairy or meat) you can use oil.

You can watch me make doughnuts in my Instagram Highlights video.
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