Thursday, February 5, 2015

duchess cookbook & treats giveaway!

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Duchess Bake Shop has had my heart since it opened its doors in the fall of 2009. It's one of my favourite spots in Edmonton to grab a delicious French pastry and then sit, eat & chat with friends for hours. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that last statement couldn't be more true.

When I found out Giselle Courteau, the shop's co-owner, was writing a cookbook I was elated. Its release date, November 12, was a happy day for me and I wasn't disappointed in the least bit. The book is a true keepsake with stunning photographs and invaluable accompanying step-by-step instructions. This is the first time I've owned a cookbook in which I've sampled most of the recipes (which makes owning it that much more special).

You can probably tell from the picture above that I've already tried many of the recipes (& also have a hard time keeping cookbooks clean, mine are almost always covered in batter & flour), including our family faves: double ginger cookies and raspberry white chocolate scones.

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I'm happy to report that Giselle has generously provided a signed copy of Duchess' cookbook as a giveaway for one lucky reader. Also included in the giveaway: a package containing the shop's beloved salted caramel sauce (which I used to make these), hot chocolate, raspberry rose jam and a Theo gingerbread milk chocolate bar.

For a chance to win, please visit Duchess' website and then leave a comment below with the name of the baked good you'd like to try making at home. For additional entries, follow all kinds of lovely on Instagram and Facebook and comment on the giveaway post/picture. 

Entries must be posted by Friday, February 13 at 9am MST*, and one winner will be chosen at random.

Best of luck!

You can also purchase the cookbook in Edmonton at Provisions or online. Highly recommend!

Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Brie of A Slice of Brie! Thank you to everyone who entered.

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28 comments:

  1. I love everything at the Duchess but their lemon meringue cake would get me some serious brownie points with the husband!

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  2. I have a bit of a phobia about baking homemade pies--I've never made my own pastry. So, I would love to try one of the pies in the cookbook. Maybe the sour cream cherry pie...

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    1. The pastry recipe in the book is really easy, but they also sell their pie dough in house! $7/ kilogram (about two pies worth). Makes it really easy.

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  3. I accidentally found your blog while searching online for something else. I'm glad I found you though, this Bakery and cookbook sound and look amazing! I will absolutely be making sure I find Duchess Bake Shop on my first trip to Edmonton this summer to visit my brother, sister in-law and baby nephew! I have an addiction to beautiful cookbooks so I don't doubt I will be making sure I buy this while i'm there. By looking at the online menu, i'd love to know how to make a gorgeous classic parisian croissant! That and the lemon cream tart looks beautiful!

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  4. Oooh how I love Duchess! My husband is a huge banana cream pie fan and their crust is perfection. Would love to see if the recipe is in the book!

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  5. I'd love to try making macarons! They're a classic :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Dajana!

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  6. I need to try those raspberry scones, they look delish!

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  7. I was at the Duchess just last Sunday and had the Paris-Brest. Simply divine!

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  8. I love Duchess! This cookbook would come in handy for this French expat ;)

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  9. I would bake the hell out of this book!!

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  10. I think I would start with the ginger cookie. I find, it's hard to come by a truly good ginger cookie nowadays, everything is too sugary and not enough gingery. If I could wing that, then I might give the Hummingbird Loaf a try, yum!!

    What a beautiful cookbook - love the simple, yet elegant cover.

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  11. I'd love to learn how to make the mouth-watering rhubarb galette! I am inspired to make some french pastries at home to share with my guests

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  12. So many to choose from but the Brioche Pépin Brioche Pépin looks damn delicious!!!!!

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  13. The tarte Montreal it is SO good!

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  14. I'm trying to find the perfect banana cream pie recipe. Theirs looks like a winner!

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  15. Someday, someday I will find the time and the wherewithall to attempt homemdae croissants!! Though I have a special relationship with the Croissant Gruyere from Duchess...

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  16. I love love brownies and the brownies were the first thing that caught my eye. YUM!!!!

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  17. It was so hard to choose just one but the Monthly Brioche definitely caught my eye.

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  18. Oh wow... so many amazing choices! I'd love to try making the Grand-mère's Florentines.

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  19. I'd give the oatmeal milk chocolate cookies a try!

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  20. Ooh awesome giveaway! I was at Duchess when they held the cookbook release party and kicked myself for not buying it that night! I'd love to try making the banana cream pie - one of my faves any time I stop by!! Fingers crossed on this one :) xo,D

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  21. These treats look divine!! Can I have one of everything!??! I would probably do the rhubarb galette, or any scone a shot (no one can make buttery scones like a bakery can...) xo

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  22. Great cookbook, treats look amazing!

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  23. The Ginger Cookie Recipe is incorrect! It actually should read 1 and 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp flour, not just 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp flour. It's a mistake they fixed in the second printing of the book.

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