I met Jenni and her husband Ben at the 2014 Paleo FX and they are lovely people. I know she is hard worker and has a beautiful blog called Urban Poser. This year I even got to try her signature eclair that was a delight. Grass fed Chef was wowed at how light and fluffy it was and we both wished we had more! Read on for more info…
Paleo Desserts Book Review and Giveaway
If you have been thinking, “If I could just have an eclair, I wouldn’t mind being Paleo so much.” Then the cookbook My Paleo Patisserie by Jenni Hulet is the book is for you! If you have been following Jenni on Instagram @theurbanposer, you have seen her perfect her craft over the last year with beautiful images and even a song performance or two. She has written a book that is so full of perfectly crafted paleo delicacies, you will want to quit your job and become a primal pastry chef. The pictures are gorgeous and make you feel like you are in your French grandmother’s post WWII kitchen.
Assorted Tartlets in My Paleo Patisserie
Paleo Pastry 101
A highlight and universal benefit of My Paleo Patisserie is that Jenni has taken her core knowledge as a Pastry Chef added the challenge of Paleo, and created a thorough guide on how to perfect your own Paleo French pastry skills at home in the first pages of her cookbook. She takes you through everything from her journey to the the “artisan approach” all the way to how to select your ingredients and equipment. She provides a complete and accessible guide for us to create Paleo desserts with finesse plus a few savory recipes as well – the pizza recipe is killer.
Pate a Choux – The Swiss Army Knife of French Pastry
The basis for many of the recipes is the French pastry staple: Pate a Choux. The fact that Jenni has perfected this delicacy is a huge step for Paleo desserts and allergen-free pastry making. Have you missed light, thin pizza crusts, eclairs, bread sticks, and cream puffs – just to name a few of the many things you can make with this versatile dough. Just look at those eclairs (below), we need to write her a thank you note just for those.
Pick Your Fillings and Make Something Great
Another great aspect of the book is that the recipes are organized by component such as, fillings & more, tarts, cakes, cookies, etc. Each section, in many ways, stands on it’s own. You can pick and choose your recipes to make something unique. You are able to come up with your own amazing creation, like vanilla cake (from the cakes section) with lemon curd filling (from the fillings section) and frosted with raspberry meringue buttercream (from the frostings & glazes section). Doesn’t buttercream just sound like heaven, I don’t even care if it is good or not, I will automatically be predisposed to like a cake if it has this name. For those that are lacking in ideas, you can also use the many suggestions Jenni provides in her book, like the candied banana eclair or the matcha cream puffs – oh so good.
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