|Mini Paris Brest Pastries from Duchess Bake Shop.|
Back in 2009, Dan and I had been attempting unsuccessfully to make macarons in my small galley kitchen. When Duchess opened in October 2009 to great fanfare, we were very keen on visiting specifically because of their macarons. We learned that one of the owners, Giselle, had become fascinated with macarons while in Japan and had spent time perfecting the homemade macaron. This inspired me in my pursuit of the elusive homemade macaron. If you've followed along in my journey, you would definitely see all the different macarons I've baked.
|Behind the counter at Duchess Bake Shop in 2010|
Even though we visited Duchess many times over the following months, it played a special part during a memorable day in May of 2010. We were invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what happens in the kitchen before the doors opened. Little did I know that the invitation was just part of a series of special surprises Dan had planned before he proposed to me!
|Behind the scenes in Duchess' kitchen in May 2010.|
|Dan & I in Duchess in 2010 (we look so young!)|
|A tower of croquembouche at the cookbook launch!|
|A tower of Macarons.|
|Giselle Courteau at the Duchess Bake Shop cookbook launch.|
You can also purchase their cookbook in Edmonton at Provisions or online. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to reading your bake shop memories.