Rachel Khoo


Posted by Rachel

March 15th, 2017

Bread and butter: getting to know the best bakes in Paris

Over the last few weeks the #littlepariskitchen has been repeated on BBC Two, and I can’t help but daydream of proper Paris butter, crusty bread from my local boulangerie and delicious pastries still warm from the oven. Although Paris offers decadent desserts on every corner, there’s nothing like baking up a storm in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re kneading dough for a homemade baguette, whipping up egg whites for light and fluffy meringues or baking a batch of biscuits to share with friends, time spent baking offers solitude; and although I do enjoy Instagram scrolling, a break away from technology, and getting into the kitchen instead, can do a world of good.

There’s an abundance of perfect pastries from cafes and bakeries to choose from in Paris, but when I lived in The City of Light I baked in my own kitchen more than ever. The city offers brilliant produce and ingredients to perfect even the trickiest of treats (macarons included!).  You don’t have to travel far and wide for good food; research recipes, seek inspiration and get baking in your own kitchen instead. Check out my ideas …

Get inspired and start baking

Kate Reid: baker of the best croissants outside Paris

The Bread Station, Hackney

Pierre Issa: maker of Sydney’s best butter 

My best recipes to bake at home

Recipe: afternoon tea loaves

Mastering croissants at home

Recipe: Olivia Wollenberg’s coffee and walnut frosted cake

My favourite bakers

‘I fell into baking quite accidentally’ — meet Flora Shedden

The Khoollect Squad Series: meet Ditte Ingemann
Justin Gellatly: baker ahead of the game

Meet the Khoollect cooks: Marija Khoo of Vanilla Salt

Why do you love baking? Comment below and let me know!


Photo credit: David Loftus from My Little Paris Kitchen

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