• Recipe 2 of 61: Brioche

    Difficulty: 3/5 Taste: 5/5 the first time I made it, 3/5 the second time. I’ll explain. How long it took me: 2 days Brioche. The butteriest of breads, so light and airy and sweet. This post is a doozy…it is long…this first chapter is no joke! After I get through learning these basics in chapter 1, I don’t think the posts will be as long 🙂 Props to you if you read through the whole thing! I’m definitely learning a lot! Brioche is a two-day process. I’ve actually made brioche before in a couple of hours, but it didn’t even begin to compare with texture or flavor, and it was really dense. Some things you just have to be patient for. I feel like bread forces you…

  • Recipe 1 of 61: Pâte à choux / Choux paste

    I first heard of Jacquy Pfeiffer when I watched “Kings of Pastry” about five years ago. Back then, I wasn’t really into baking yet, but I was still blown away by how talented the pastry chefs were. When I decided to start this journey, it took me a LONG time to narrow down what book I would bake from first. I really debated between him and Rose Levy Beranbaum’s “The Baking Bible”. I decided on Jacquy because I honestly hadn’t heard much about him compared to Rose Levy Beranbaum. Plus, an entire book of pastries sounded extremely difficult, yes, but also extremely delicious, challenging, and fun. I went with him because I really wanted to push myself. Jacquy is the cofounder of the French Pastry…

  • Le Début

    Welcome to Sweet for Certain! My name is Emily, and I am a self-taught baker. As you can see, I love making macarons the most ♥︎ Coming from a small town, my access to European treats growing up was non-existent. If you wanted bread, you got it from the freezer aisle, or if you wanted a donut, you got it from the gas station. There was nothing else. Unless you made it yourself. Keep in mind this was before Pinterest or really most of the Internet was a thing. Not until just in the last five or so years have we even had a bakery that has stayed open; however, that didn’t mean growing up I knew nothing about baking. My mom always made the…