My F&W
quick save (...)

Pastry Chef's Top 10

Gale Gand of Chicago's Tru names a few big (and little) favorites.

Shop
Gand admires pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre: She visits his pastry shop, Lenôtre, whenever she's in Paris, and she has cooked from every page of his cookbooks. A favorite is Lenôtre's Desserts and Pastries: "The step-by-step demo photos are great for learning techniques" (61 rue Lecourbe; 011-33-1-42-73-20-97).

Flea Markets
Gand loves to hunt for kitschy vintage promotional food brochures. "I once found a 1950s Jell-O brochure that suggested using slightly less water, then sending the mix through a ricer. I sprinkle the sparkly bits on panna cotta."

Pan
Gale Gand thinks small: She uses mini-muffin tins for cheesecakes and angel food cakes. "People like bite-size desserts," Gand says, "so they can graze on them like hors d'oeuvres" ($12 from FoxRun; 866-266-5927).

Baster
Julia Child taught Gand the versatility of the turkey baster: At a dinner party Gand attended, Child used one to dress a composed tomato-basil salad. Now Gand uses her Hoffritz baster to soak tea cakes with lemon syrup and to dole out batter for silver-dollar pancakes ($30; 877-327-2932).

History
To research the origins of recipes, Gand refers to the White House Cookbook, by Mrs. F. L. Gillette and Hugo Ziemann, the White House steward during the Grover Cleveland presidency. In Gand's 1916 edition, she found that pound cake was once much heavier, because no leavening was added (out of print but available from Kitchen Arts and Letters; 212-876-5550).

Basket
Gand thinks a spider (a small mesh basket on a long handle) is indispensible for pulling blanched fruit out of boiling water and scooping banana fritters from a deep fryer ($6 at Toguri; 773-929-3500).

Travel
When Gand visits Paris, she always shops at the chic M.O.R.A. store. Her recent finds: beautiful grape shears, mustard spoons and wine decanters (13 rue Monmartre; 011-33-1-45-08-19-24). When in New York City, she can't resist the corn muffins and shortbread hearts at Sarabeth's Bakery (75 Ninth Ave., in Chelsea Market; 212-989-2424).

Scoop
Oxo small cookie scoops come in handy for everything from dropping lemon curd into tiny tart shells to topping mini root beer floats with ice cream ($9; 800-545-4411).

Art
An art major in college, Gand is inspired by the work of artists such as Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. She splatters cocoa foam and brushes melted chocolate on a tart for textural contrast.

Published December 2001
You Might Also Like

Comments

Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    advertisement
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    advertisement
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.