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French Pastries of Northern France, Episode 35


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French Pastries of Northern France

On today’s show we go back to the pâtisserie and we’re having seconds as we talk about the pastry specialties of the north of France which include Tarte Tatin, the Brioche Vendéenne, the Eclairs, the Napoleons, the Madeleines, the Pain d’épices, just to name a few. Do you have favorite French pastries? Annie and Elyse have so many, they can’t choose just one!

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Episode Highlights

  • Tourteau Fromager, Cheesecake French Style
  • Cinnamon in France
  • Are You a Cheese or a Pastry Person?
  • Cakes from the Alps Region and Walnuts
    • Beignes from the Alps
  • Puff Paste Dough or pâte à choux
  • Cakes from Picardie
  • Cakes from Lille
  • Cakes from Vendée
  • Cakes from Brittany
    • Palet Breton
    • Quatre-quarts
  • Cakes from the Paris Area
    • Tarte Tatin
    • Paris-Brest
    • Éclairs
    • Mille-feuille or Napoleon
  • Cakes from Normandy
    • Tarte Normande
    • Bourdelot
  • Dessert from Reims
    • Biscuits roses de Reims
  • Desserts from Alsace and Loraine
    • Pain d’épices
    • Kouglof
    • Black Forest Cake
    • Pet de nonne
    • Madeleines
  • French Jams with Funny Names
    • Les couilees du Pape from Provence
    • Gratte-Cul, rose hip jam

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French Pastries of Southern France, Episode 34

French Pastries of Southern France

A Collection of French Pastries
Can you name any of those pastries? Miniatures by Luce Fédière

Every country has a tradition of sweet desserts, but what makes French pasties so famous? On today’s show we are taking you on a Tour de France in Pastries, and specifically the pastries of the south of France. As you probably know, pâtisseries are to die for in France, and that’s because there is a rich regional tradition for making the prettiest and tastiest desserts possible. When I lived in America I realized something important: in France it’s not enough to make a beautiful pastries, it has to taste out of this world too! Let’s sink our teeth in French pastries today!

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French people don’t eat pâtisseries every day, but when we do, we seek the best. We tell you all about it in today’s show and the topic is so large that we divided it up in two shows. Today we concentrate on the pastries of Southern France, next week we go North. Enjoy!

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Episode Highlights

  • How Do We Define French pastry?
  • Dessert Specialties of Southern France
    • Flan pâtissier
    • Gâteau Basque
    • Pastis Landais
    • Canelés de Bordeau
    • Clafoutis
    • Gâteau au yaourt
    • Croustade
    • Prunaux à l’Armagnac
    • Tarte Tropézienne
    • Les Navettes
    • Canestry in Corsica
    • Pogne de Romans
    • Échaudé in Albi
    • Crême Catalane and Rousquilles from Perpignan
    • French Dessert Traditions
    • Galette des rois (King’s Cakes)
    • Crêpes at the Chandeleur (Candlemas)


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French Wine Regions and Loire Valley Wines, Episode 28

French Wine Regions and AOC

French Wine Regions

Today on Join Us in France we talk about French wine regions and give you some background information on each of them. We’re not sommeliers or oenologues, we’re just a couple of women who enjoy wine and have had a chance to try lots of different ones. We have our favorites and we’re sure you do too! Listen to the show right now or subscribe below so you never miss an episode.

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Episode Highlights

  • Brief history of the production of wine in France
  • Some (rare) parts of France do not produce any wine
  • There are 3240 different types of wines in France
  • Quality control for French wine regions
  • How to read labels in France
  • The meaning of the term AOC: Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée
  • Overview of major French wine regions
  • Alsace: Riesling (white), Gewurztraminer (white), Tokay (red)
  • Bordeaux: very large production numbers, goes from exquisite to terrible.
  • Beaujolais: young wines, Beaujolais nouveau is a big deal, but it’s not our favorite.
  • Burgundy: very large and wonderful wines.
  • Bugey: white, not as famous as most of the other AOC wines.
  • Champagne: major wine-growing region.
  • Corsican: large French island in the Mediterranean, makes very distinctive wines.
  • Juras: mountainous region in the Alps, Besançon is the major city there. The produce a “yellow wine”, mostly sweet.
  • Languedoc: used to produce low-quality wines and have since cleaned up their act, they now make some great ones. It includes Minervois and Corbières. This is a very large area called Languedoc-Roussillon.
  • Loraine: small region that produces mostly white wines.
  • Valley de la Loire: the Loire River is a large river that crosses France east to west.
  • Provence: the best rosés produced anywhere are from Provence, but they also produce some red and white. Bandol wines have their own AOC.
  • Vallée du Rhône: the Rhône is a large river that runs north to south. This is where you’ll find Côte du Rhône in the south, Beaujolais a little more to the north, and to the north of the Rhône area, Burgundy. These are three different OAC groups in the same region.
  • Savoie: somewhat similar to the wines found in the Juras and Bugey. This region produces white wines that go very well with Cheese Fondue and Raclette, famous dishes of the area. Those are hardy, winter dishes. The wines are fruity and somewhat sweet.
  • South-Western: includes wines that are not exported very much, Cahors, Madiran, Jurançon, Gaillac, Fronton.
  • Wine distribution channels in France
  • Driving around to taste wine in France
  • Focus on the Loire Valley
  • Muscadet
  • Anjou
  • Vouvray (white)
  • Chinon (white)
  • Bourgeuil AOC (red)
  • Cheverny AOC (red)
  • Sancerre
  • Pouilly fumé

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