I must say through the act of baking and other kitchen-related activities, I have been able to keep my sanity during the first month of break up.  And I now have a new partner in crime, that is a stand mixer in retro pistachio!

Our first collaboration was to paddle to cool down pate a choux for eclairs and puffs filled with lightened chocolate pastry cream.

And yes!  I’ve further sinned by dipping them into chocolate glaze…

After laboring quite a substantial amount of time on Friday night and Saturday morning, I couldn’t just stop there, so made some almond frangipane and whipped up a couple of mixed berry almond tart with pate sucree I stashed in my fridge last week…  Always so lovely with a dainty cup of orange pekoe tea…:)