David Blom, pastry chef at Chef Allen's Restaurant in North Miami, shows Julia Child how to bake traditional Polish cakes known as babas and savarin. He uses a single recipe to create the spongy dough, which is baked and sweetened further by soaking in a sugar syrup. He then flavors them with a variety of liqueurs, including rum, kirsch, and champagne. The cakes are garnished with fresh fruits, whipped cream, and a homemade custard flavored with vanilla bean.
BAKING WITH JULIA presents the delicious details for making foods that Americans crave and that home bakers want to create: loaves of hearty whole-wheat bread, focaccia rich with olive oil and herbs, high-domed breakfast muffins, daintily decorated petits fours, feather-light meringues, and a variety of cookies and cakes. Together with the country's most outstanding pastry chefs and bakers, teachers, and cookbook authors, Julia Child shares indispensable techniques, time-honored tips, and meticulously tested recipes that make home baking successful and satisfying.