Chef Julia Child observes as pastry chef and owner of Seattle's Macrina Bakery Leslie Mackie bakes an assortment of tarts and pies. First, Leslie demonstrates how to make the classic pie dough that will form the base of these desserts; some of the dough is used raw, while other crusts are pre-baked in order to avoid a soggy crust. This dough can be frozen for up to a month. Once the shells are prepared, she creates a classic French apple tart, a berry yogurt tart, and a blueberry nectarine tart... [see more] garnished with chopped almonds.
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.