Mélanger [may-lahn-zjay] is Julia. Baking enthusiast.
Each month, a new baking theme is featured on Mélanger. A new theme devoted to sharing my favourite recipes, discovering new sweet dishes, perfecting a fundamental technique of patisserie and baking, or celebrating a new season.
Join me as I discover and share each new theme. Browse some of my favourite past themes now. Perfecting caramel. Discovering regional French baking. Investigating pastry fundamentals. Celebration cakes.
There are many baking and pastry recipes around the world. My journey is navigating an always sweet menu of the classics (some familiar, some not so familiar), learning and polishing my techniques, and ultimately making the favourites my very own.
My dedication of French macarons - from my ever expanding French macaron ‘how to’, to my ’12 days of holiday macarons’ special, to my champagne macaron wedding favours, to my stable of assorted flavours including salted caramel, lavender, rose and raspberry, pistachio, café au lait, mint, passionfruit, lemon, blueberry, liquorice, matcha tea and (the totally uniquely Finnish influenced) cardamom-coffee – has produced a truly signature dessert for me.
For me there are very few things more rewarding in life than baking. For a number of years I have been the ‘resident’ baker of the family. Each birthday I will religiously present an ensemble of flour, sugar, butter and eggs in many forms. That has extended to cookie and cake treats during the holidays. When entertaining, a brunch will inevitably include home baked bread, and a lunch or dinner will end with a baked dessert or pastry. I will use every opportunity to bake.
Having been fortunate to live in various countries around the world (and traveled to many more), I have also been inspired by the subtlety of regional differences in baking. I am fascinated of the origin of many baked goods and how a seemingly similar set of ingredients can produce such different outcomes. This makes baking for me an intriguing process.
Mélanger is a publication about my passion of baking. Through my stories, recipes and images, I hope you enjoy sharing in my journey that carries me through discoveries and reflections of home comforts and inspired travel… through holidays, celebrations, entertaining, new destinations or a re-discovery of familiar ones.
Mélanger captures how baking guides the mix that is my life.
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