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Book Review + Recipe Share from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

The winner of this giveaway is Krystyne Wilson!

My Paleo Patisserie Feature, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

If you follow Jenni, i.e. The Urban Poser, on Instagram you have likely shared our intense level of anticipation for her long-awaited first release, My Paleo Patisserie. From the many recipe teases she shared on her feed, we knew that this book would be nothing short of incredible. However, when the moment came for us to finally flip through the pages of this book we were absolutely floored by the range of recipes, beautiful assembly of the book, and so much more! The book arrived just in time for Finn’s birthday celebration and we broke in our copy by creating a skillet chocolate chip cookie and the Neopolitan Cake – both recipes were out of this world! 

We learned to make paleo marshmallows thanks to Jenni, and couldn’t be more excited to share a sneak peak look at the raspberry marshmallow recipe from My Paleo Patisserie! In addition to the recipe share, we will be giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader – but before you scroll to the recipe and giveaway, our team member Crystal is here to tell you why you CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THIS BOOK. Take it away Crystal! 

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Hi, I’m Crystal, also known as the Content Coordinator for the Paleo Parents Team. My fiancé and I blog at Whole-Fed Homestead, where we share about grain-free life on our farm, the adventures of raising our own food and living life close to the land. I’m the cake-maker of the family… the one that always brings dessert, who provides the celebratory sweet treat at all of the get-togethers, so I jumped at the opportunity to review My Paleo Patisserie!

I had visited The Urban Poser’s blog in the past, but didn’t know much about Jenni Hulet’s history or how she found herself in a grain-free lifestyle. Upon opening her new book, My Paleo Patisserie, anyone will see that it is undeniably gorgeous, but what struck me as I was flipping through the first few pages was her story about growing up in a unique culture that lent itself to a strong “sense of occasion,” and her opinion about dessert. That celebratory foods are a common language, and “whether it’s a special occasion like Christmas or a birthday or simply being able to invite friends over for an evening of dinner, dessert, and conversation, we lose something fundamental when we are prevented from participating in the intentional and meaningful act of preparing and sharing beautiful, delicious desserts with the people we care about.” —> Hit the nail on the head. I just love this statement! And it really does set the tone of this thoughtful book.

Build a cake index, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

The book is divided into sections, and each section follows the format of teaching you how to make the base recipe perfectly, often providing flavor alternatives and a nut-free option. Then Jenni shows you her favorite flavor combinations with the most stunning photos, and lastly encourages you to build upon recipes from the book and put them together to create your own beautiful dessert. She even offers a “check list” for each section that puts all of the frostings, fillings and glazes on one page so you can choose your own adventure without having to flip back and forth. This is a great concept for those with allergies, as it allows you to pick and choose not only what sounds good, but what works for your restrictions.

Every recipe is dairy-free, many are nut-free or egg-free, and there are no grains or off-the-wall ingredients. She uses standard paleo pantry staples, but with creative and thoughtful technique, to make some of the most stunning Paleo deserts you’ll find. At the back of the book is a helpful photo index of all the recipes, and a most-impressive step-by-step photo tutorial section – so that if you’ve never made some of these recipes before, you can check to see if your creation looks like hers at any step during the process. And if you are looking for egg-free or nut-free recipes, there is an index of all of those as well.

You do not have to be a seasoned baker to use this book. It might sound fancy with the word “patisserie,” in the title – and don’t get me wrong, it is. But, the simplicity in these recipes and the way that Jenni wrote the instructions will allow someone of any skill level to recreate them.

Marshmallows index, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

There is a little bit of everything in here… frostings, fillings, and glazes to pair with cream puffs, eclairs, cakes and tarts. There are cookies and ice cream and ice cream cookie sandwiches, plus several awesome marshmallow flavors (including the one we’re sharing below!). The savory chapter includes such things as Italian Pesto Pizza, Bruschetta Tart, and the most incredible looking Baguette Sandwiches.

Perhaps what I appreciate most about this book is its credibility. The instructions are impeccable: they are clear and concise, easy to understand, with just enough information to make the recipe a success, but not too much information that you feel overwhelmed. When I am working with quality, high-dollar ingredients, I want to know that what I making is going to turn out. Jenni did a perfect job of describing both the science and art of pastry making, so that her recipes are fool-proof and you won’t waste your time or your money.

Grissini Breadsticks, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

The first recipe I chose to make was the Grissini Breadsticks, which use the base pâte à choux dough. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to try this dough. It is very simple to make, and infinitely useful- it is the same dough that is used for cream puffs and éclairs. To make the breadsticks, Jenni recommends a pastry bag, which I have but was too lazy to dig out of the closet, so I used a zip top plastic bag and it worked just fine. I topped the breadsticks with coarse salt and poppy seeds and they came out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They did taste like an egg-based dough, which I expected, and liked very much. Now that I have mastered the base recipe, I think I’ll add fresh herbs and garlic to it next time!

Previous to my Paleo journey, I considered myself a connoisseur of fine pastries. In fact, my fiancé proposed to me over breakfast éclairs at a fancy French bakery in Napa Valley! The pâte à choux dough in this book rivals its gluten-filled counterparts from some of the best bakeries I’ve tried them at. I can’t wait to use this dough with a sweet filling, and am especially excited to try the Praline Pastry Cream!

Vanilla cake with Maple Fondant Glaze, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

I heard (and saw on Instagram) rave reviews from Stacy and Matt after they made the Neapolitan Cake from this book for Finn’s Birthday, so naturally I had to try a cake recipe next. I actually based my cake selection on the frosting that I wanted. I just adore anything maple, so I knew I had to make something to try the Maple Fondant Glaze on, and a simple Vanilla Cake sounded like the perfect vehicle.

In making the cake, there were a couple extra steps above your simple “combine the wet and dry ingredients,” but this is what makes the cakes in this book so moist and light with wonderful texture. Jenni does mention that this book is about the art of pastry making, not necessarily for a quick fix treat. Although I still found the recipe to be simple and not overly time-consuming at all.

As expected, the cake was wonderful. Making the Maple Fondant Glaze was straightforward, took less than five minutes and it had an incredible maple flavor. To put a finishing touch on the cake, I used the simple dried violet sprinkles from my blog! See, even a rustic backwoods girl can make beautiful pastries!

Popovers, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

And the popovers, oh the popovers! The third recipe I made from the book might be best summed up in the words of my fiancé after taking a bite of warm popover slathered with honey butter: “I feel like I should write this lady a thank you letter.”

This recipe is like gold. These Popovers looked, behaved like, and tasted just like the normal popovers I was used to having in years past. Imagine me peering into the oven window and squealing in delight to see them puff up just like they are supposed to!  I love that they are based in coconut but don’t taste like it, and they took me about 5 minutes to prep. No doubt these will be a weekly staple in our house!

The way that Jenni is able to take normal ingredients, and use nothing but thoughtful, creative and simple technique to turn them into fine pastries is masterful. If you are looking for a book with solid recipes and new flavors, the kind of book that has just the recipe for your special occasion, or that perfect popover that helps you sustain a Paleo lifestyle- this is the book for you.

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Need to test a recipe from this beauty of a book ASAP?!?! Here is a sneak peek recipe share for Raspberry Marshmallows!

RaspberryMarshmallows, Paleo Parents Book Review + Recipe: Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie, plus a GIVEAWAY!

Jenni was kind enough to share her recipe for Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie with you! The marshmallow master herself was the one who first taught the Paleo community how to make a healthier marshmallow years ago, which we are so thankful for!

Raspberry Marshmallows from My Paleo Patisserie

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8-inch (20-cm) square pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving some length on both sides to use as handles when removing the finished marshmallows. Dust the parchment with a light layer of arrowroot flour.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and raspberry powder till it forms a paste. Add 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the water to the bowl of a stand mixer, then sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the water. Add the raspberry paste and mix to combine. Leave the gelatin mixture to bloom while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  3. Combine the remaining ½ cup (120 ml) of water, liquid sweetener, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat (watch closely, as it tends to foam up). Place a candy thermometer in the mixture and continue to boil till it reaches 240°F (114°C). This usually takes 12 to 15 minutes after the first boil, but times can vary.
  4. Secure the bowl to the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With the mixer running at medium-low speed, pour the hot syrup into the bowl in a slow, steady stream. Be sure that it melts all of the gelatin mixture. Try to avoid hitting the whisk or you will fling syrup all over the bowl. Turn the mixer up to high speed and continue beating till the mixture nearly triples in volume and the marshmallow crème is just cool to the touch (this usually takes 5 to 7 minutes, or longer if using a hand mixer). To check whether the marshmallow crème is ready, stop the mixer and lift up the whisk. The mixture should fall slowly off the whisk, like lava, before melting back into itself.
  5. Transfer the marshmallow crème to the prepared pan, using a rubber spatula to clean the bowl. The crème should fill the pan about two-thirds full. Working quickly, smooth the top with an offset spatula, then dust with a light layer of arrowroot flour.
  6. Leave to cure (set), uncovered, for at least 4 hours. If leaving overnight, cover the pan with a light flour sack towel.
  7. Lift the marshmallows from the pan and cut into 11/2-inch (4-cm) squares. Lightly toss with more arrowroot flour.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 day, or freeze for 1 month. Let thaw to room temperature before serving.
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  • Tia

    I would love to win this! Before being diagnosed with Celiac i wanted to have my own bakery!

    Thanks!

  • domestickrys

    I would be so honored to win this book!!! I am new to paleo and working on getting my family on board. We have a large extended family gathering once a month where more desserts than main dishes are often served. It stinks to be left eating on the fresh fruit when everyone else downs cakes and pies. I know if I had this and created some of her wonderful dishes not only would I have something to eat but all bring my family closer to paleo!!!!

  • Darrah K

    I think the biggest reason I want this book is because it’ll make me feel like ME again. Before my Celiac’s diagnosis this past December, I was the family baker. I baked every birthday cake, every treat, brought fresh baked breads to every family dinner. Since my diagnosis I have been in sort of a funk. I haven’t been able to recreate the things that my family and I love, the foods that brought us together. For me, baking for my family was a labor of love, time for me to share with them. I need to get back to that and I think this book would definitely help me get there!

  • Katherine Kelley

    I am intrigued, but I am so not a baker. Maybe this will help?

  • Monique B

    I would like to feel confident that when I make a Paleo dessert it is going to at least somewhat resemble what it is replacing. I am tired of bread that weighs 6 lbs a loaf and everything that tastes like coconut. While I have found fantastic resources for our day to day meals I have yet to find a cookbook I can turn to that replaces my much loved pastry and baking cookbooks which no longer have a place in my life. I miss the shared celebration of dessert with my loved ones that won’t hurt for days to come.

  • Giselle Schroer

    I love baking!

  • christine

    this book looks beautiful! I would love to bake some delicious paleo treats

  • Elizabeth G.

    It would be great to make paleo treats that taste great and are healthy!

  • Naomi S

    I would love to be abel to make baked items that are hard to make paleo and I’ve also been wanting to make paleo items that non-paleo people don’t mind eating

  • AK

    I would love to buy this but darent. These all sound lovely but I suspect for me they will be no good as even though paleo I would be suprised if there werent starchy ingredients in them such as bananas, pumpkin, arrowroot and the like that I cant have in order to produce desserts that look very close to those non paleo.

    • Jessica

      You are correct with some of the choux based pastries. But there are a lot of items in the book that don’t have those starches as well – like the ice creams and tarts.

      • AK

        Thakyou that is very helpful 🙂

  • Lisa P

    I would love to make the popover recipe – it would be great to have a grain-free recipe for these!

  • Jessica

    I have a copy of this book and love it, but would like to share the love and give a copy to my family.

  • barb

    I love to bake so this would be a great cookbook to have.

  • Mary

    I want this book so I can make tasty desserts that are healthy for my loved ones.

  • cometmvp

    You guys are great, I love to cook your recipies. A book would be even better!

  • Michelle

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  • Nanda

    I would love to try some of the cakes and many glazes/frosting…and of course, the popovers.

  • Hannah

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for months. I’ve always enjoyed baking, and I would love to create some of the beautiful recipes from this book! 🙂

  • Renee V.

    There are SOOOOO many reasons I would love to add this book to my collection. First if someone wouldn’t that’s just plum craz-eeee!!! Gorgeous everything – person, ideas, explanations, photos, tastes!!!! The most exciting part for me though is the nut and egg free business. I’ve tried several bread/dough and other recipes that are egg heavy and they all taste, well eggy! Which totally kills he satisfaction of the baked good.

  • Kristen

    I love the idea of building your own cakes from the different components in the book! This would make special occasions even more special! 🙂

  • Kelly S

    This looks like a wonderful book!

  • Shelley

    I’d love to have a copy of this book so I can make paleo desserts for my family for special occasions!

  • Teresa Winters

    I’d like to have more options for making special treats for my family.

  • Elvia

    Love sweets, and my hubby has a sweet tooth!

  • Shannon Grande Contrastano

    Love baking for colleagues, would love to make them pale treats!

  • Monica

    POPOVERS!!!!!!!!

  • Debby

    Everything looks soooooo yummy. I would love to make these for everyone that I love!

  • april

    I am a former pastry chef and absolutely love the beauty and artistry of her work! I would love to make her versions of some of my old favorites.

  • lewaletzko

    Loved the birthday cake…and now marshmallows??? awesome!

  • Michelle Laws

    this book looks amazing!!!

  • Loretta E

    The better question is, why not? I’m a sucker for beautiful cookbooks, even better if the recipes are incredible!

  • m_serenity

    All of these recipes look amazing. I’d love to have this book grace my kitchen in my new home!

  • cezovski

    I want this book because a friend has it and i just love it! It’s beautiful.
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  • This book looks so creative, I would love to have it so I can convince my husband that Paleo baked goods can be delicious!

  • Itzia

    I want to win because I need some more recipes for paleo goodies.

  • Julia B

    All the marshmallow recipes with gelatin look fantastic! and the breadsticks would be a huge hit at our house!

  • Melissa Weber

    I need this book!

  • Chelsey

    The artistry. Jenni is one talented lady.

  • Heather McDonald Gaillot

    I would like to bake better!

  • Jasanna

    I would love to make all these!!

  • Cassie S

    Grain free baking…this book would make me so very happy!

  • Jasanna

    Has a winner been chosen? 🙂

    • Yes, and announced in red at the top of the post. 🙂

  • domestickrys

    I am loving this book!!! Thank you so very much for this contest and for all of the great things you share on the blog and podcasts!!!!