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Baking Calendar #7: Fruit Desserts

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Well, I hope you like fruits because this month’s baking calendar is all about fruit desserts! We’re going to be making cherry clafoutis, raspberry financier, fraisier and panna cotta with berry sauce!

But even if you don’t like fruit desserts, no worries! You can still make most of the recipes and simply skip the fruits. You can make the financiers without the raspberries, panna cotta with a different sauce (or none at all) such as chocolate and caramel. And you can use the genoise for a dessert other than the fraisier.

Using The Baking Calendar

Before we get started, if you like to see all the ingredients and recipes for this month at a glance, you can print out the fruit desserts calendar.

As mentioned in the previous calendars, I strongly encourage you to keep a notebook and a pen next to you when baking. Write down things like the oven setting or the oven shelf used. Keep a record of any issues you might encounter to make troubleshooting easier. Snap some pictures whenever you can, to track your progress. And if you are willing to share them, I’d love to see them. You can email them to me at [email protected] or tag me on Instagram @wheelofbaking.

Okay, let’s start making some delicious desserts!

WEEK 1: Cherry Clafoutis

We will learn:

  • To make clafoutis batter.
  • The difference between using cherries with or without pits.
  • What to do to keep the cherries from sinking.
  • How to serve cherry clafoutis.
  • How to avoid a rubbery clafoutis.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make cherry clafoutis.
  2. Make the clafoutis.

WEEK 2: Financiers

We will learn:

  • What financiers are.
  • What beurre noisette is and how to make it.
  • Why it’s best to prepare the batter in advance.
  • How to make raspberry financiers.

Action steps:

Day 1

  1. Read the post How to make financiers.
  2. Prepare the financier batter and refrigerate it.

Day 2

  1. Bake the financiers.
  2. Prepare the raspberry sauce (optional).

WEEK 3: Fraisier

Day 1

We will learn:

  • What a genoise is.
  • How to whip the eggs and sugar.
  • What to do to prevent flour clumps in the genoise batter.
  • Why a genoise baked in a cake pan rises more than genoise disks that are spread on parchment paper.
  • The different ways to bake a genoise.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make a genoise.
  2. Prepare the genoise.

Day 2

We will learn:

  • What a mousseline cream is.
  • How to prevent lumps in the cream by paying attention to the temperature of the pastry cream and butter.
  • Why the mousseline cream could become runny.
  • How to prepare strawberry syrup.
  • How to assemble the fraisier.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make a fraisier with mousseline cream.
  2. Prepare the pastry cream. Cool it down.
  3. Prepare the strawberry syrup and let it cool down.
  4. Add softened butter to the pastry cream to make the mousseline.
  5. Assemble the fraisier.

WEEK 4: Panna Cotta

We will learn:

  • What panna cotta is.
  • How to make it.
  • What to watch out for when using gelatin.
  • How to pour panna cotta in a glass to get a tilted look.
  • How to make easy berry sauce without any heat involved.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make panna cotta.
  2. Prepare the panna cotta. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.
  3. Prepare the berry sauce (optional). Pour it on the panna cotta before serving.

We’ve reached the end of this month’s baking calendar! I hope you loved it! What was your favorite dessert? What new things did you discover? I’d love to know! I had never tried financiers before and was so pleasantly surprised! Both by how easy it was to make and how delicious it was! But my favorite was probably the fraisier. I was never really tempted by strawberry cakes to be honest. I’d rather be eating strawberry tarts. But the fraisier just blew my mind! The combination of mousseline cream, fresh strawberries and the genoise that soaks up all the amazing flavors is just incredible!

Next month’s baking calendar: ice cream!! Woohoo! Are you as excited as I am?! And don’t worry if you don’t have an ice cream maker! You can still join us in making delicious frozen treats! Until next time!

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