We know what you're thinking: Meringue cookies are so fancy, they must be difficult to make. Surprise — whipping together a batch is actually pretty simple. Plus, with this Joshua John Russell recipe, you only need three ingredients.
It's no secret that the French take their desserts very seriously. Their classic pastries are often elaborate concoctions of meringue, pastry cream, mousse, pâte à choux, puff pastry, whipped cream, jam, ganache and more, more, more!
Erin Gardner
"Picking out the 10 best French pastries is not as much fun as it sounds," said no one ever.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Oh croissants, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Sweet or savory, plain or filled with chocolate, almond, gelato, goat cheese ... I could literally go on forever.
Kris Galicia Brown
If your spice cabinet is anything like mine, it's a fun house. I love browsing through my collection and being surprised by what I find (hello, Urfa pepper!). But when I'm actually cooking, I definitely have my go-tos. Here are the 15 essentials every cook should keep around.  
Nicole Weston
In the world of teeny, tiny sweet treats, petit fours are the queen. These cute little squares of cake are wrapped in sweet fondant and usually topped with piped royal icing flowers. I decided to give mine an update with brightly colored coatings and a sprinkling of confetti, but we'll give you the skills to make 'em any way you like. Aren't you fancy!
Erin Gardner
Once you've mastered the basic whole-wheat croissant dough, mix it up (pun intended) with some fun variations! Colette shares her list of flavoring suggestions, including candied orange peel, black pepper and more, then shows you how to add them to your dough and butter block.
You've got the recipes and techniques down; now add a little flair to your baking toolkit with two-toned croissants. This visual tutorial will show you how to make them.
Learn how to make a Danish coffee cake dough using a biga pre-ferment, which adds a slightly sweet and acidic flavor. See how to fill your cake and shape it three different ways: ladder, maple ring and Russian twist. Then proof, bake and garnish to finish it off.
Meet baking master Colette Christian and begin with an introduction to kouign amann, a round crusty cake. Then follow along as Colette shows you how to mix the dough, incorporate the butter and bake this beloved Breton pastry to flaky perfection. After that, experiment with various fillings such as jam and lemon curd.
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