Duchess Bake Shop: The Cookbook [GIVEAWAY]

November 12, 2014

If you've followed this blog long enough you will know it's no secret that I have a sweet tooth! Pastries, cakes, ice cream...anything sweet at any time of the day is likely to satisfy me. To make things even sweeter, Edmonton's French patisserie, Duchess Bake Shop, is releasing their cookbook today.

The cookbook has been nearly a year in the making, and it's finally here! I was fortunate enough to attend the cookbook preview and launch party over the weekend while nibbling on a few (okay, a lot) of their most popular offerings.


Maple brulee marshmallow macarons

Duchess Bake Shop has always been a dream for Giselle Courteau. Her love affair with the macaron is what lead her to pursue her dreams, and Edmonton sure is lucky to have her living here! Upon opening in 2009, Duchess Bake Shop was a small space and operated with only 4 staff. Five years later, this humble patisserie has expanded in both size and number of staff, opened a retail shop, and has become an afternoon hot spot each business day. That's no surprise, given that the National Post pinpointed that Duchess may just be the best patisserie in Canada.


Chocolate cream puffs

The kitchen is home to two large, hardworking ovens, and staff are working from 4AM - 11PM baking goods to keep up with the demand. The bakery is known for their delicate macarons, and I was shocked to find out that they are made by hand - bakers are churning out an astonishing 2000 macarons each day! The glass display cases are home to 65 different baked goods throughout the year, with seasonal flavour changes every once in a while.

Alongside her business partners Garner Beggs and Jake Pelletier, Giselle's dream to "put Edmonton on the map" with the launch of this cookbook is about to come true. Their self-published cookbook goes on sale to the public today and is available for purchase ($45+GST) at the bake shop, as well as online through the Duchess Provisions website to anywhere in Canada.

It was amazing to see how much hard work was put into making this cookbook and to hear Giselle's passion for her craft. With nearly 90 recipes in the book, everyone can try their own hand at making their favourite Duchess treat in the comfort of their own home. All the recipes in the book have been tested in a home kitchen with readily available ingredients and tools, so there's no fear of failure (hopefully!). So many of my favourite pastries are in this book, and the pictured step-by-step instructions are my favourite part. A huge congratulations to Giselle and her team for this accomplishment!

If you're not running out to get the book yet, I've got a surprise for you. Duchess Bake Shop has graciously provided me with two copies of their cookbook signed by Giselle herself to give away to two of my readers to celebrate the occasion. Follow the instructions below to enter, and hopefully this baby will be yours just in time for the holiday season!


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THE GIVEAWAY

TWO Signed Duchess Bake Shop Cookbooks
($45 value each)

DETAILS

To enter you must leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: What is your favourite treat at Duchess? If you've never visited Duchess before, tell me what you would love to try out of their offerings on their website here. Please make sure you leave a valid email address in the giveaway widget as this is how I will be contacting you.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

1. Follow me via Twitter (@littlmissandrea)
2. Tweet about the giveaway: "The @DuchessBakeShop Cookbook is here! Enter to win a copy from @littlmissandrea! #yegfood #DuchessBook" and link back to this post
3. Follow me via Instagram (@littlmissandrea)
4. Visit (& hopefully like!) my Facebook page

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This giveaway is open to my readers across Canada. All entrants must be 18+ years of age. You have until November 22nd to enter, and the winners will be selected by random and contacted via email. Good luck!

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79 comments

  1. I absolutely love The Duke, the key lime tart, and the dark chocolate filled meringues! I always get at least one of those anytime I go.

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  2. My all time favourite item has always been their Salted Caramel Macaron

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  3. I love all the seasonal treats as it is good to mix it up and try new things but my favorite is always the Duke.

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  4. I always get a box of macarons and a couple meringues when I stop by! I love everything there, though!!!

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  5. The lime tart is an instant foodgasm everytime

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  6. Love the macarons and lemon tarts!

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  7. The salted caramel macaron, or any kind of eclair!

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  8. My favourite Duchess treat is a chocolate dipped florentine with an espresso while watching people fill their orders <3

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  9. I like the duchess, I just wish they could do something about the seating area. When you take a woman out for a date, you want more intimacy.

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  10. The macarons are the best in Edmonton! Soft and chewy! My mom loves their cakes

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  11. Great giveaway! The food looks delicious!

    xx,
    www.mellowyellowblog.com

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  12. Can't believe I haven't been yet! I'm looking at that spiced nut and maple pie! And the macarons since apparently they're amazing!

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  13. My favourite is the lemon cream tart, with a glass of raspberry rose lemonade :)

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  14. I would like to try the Macaron Gâteau, sound amazing!
    v_theberge@hotmail.com

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  15. Chocolate meringue. Most. Delicious. Ever.

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  16. The lemon cream tart is ah-mazing...

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  17. The almond croissants, hands down!

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  18. Such choices! The brioche pepin or the sour cream cherry pie, or both!

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  19. My fave is the Duke. Best cake ever.

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  20. I had their oatmeal chocolate chip cookies last week and they were amazing! I would love to try their 'duke' cake one day though! btran1@ualberta.ca (brenda)

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    1. I'm planning on whipping up a batch of those using the cookbook - can't wait!

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  21. Oh yumm I just love Duchess! I need some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I've never had better!

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  22. I have many favourites from the Duchess. Stand outs are the lemon cream tart, key lime tart and the passion fruit tart. However i think the Duke is the perfect chocolate cake.

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  23. The Lemon Tart - it's amazing and the meringue is ALWAYS perfect and fluffy and charred!

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  24. The duke hands down!!! :)
    By @daisy_hk from twitter :)

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  25. Her cookbook looks beautiful! To make spectacular confections as those is awesome.
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  26. omg!! i wanna try the brioche pepin and macarons!! :)
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  27. You can't beat the macarons at duchess! They are amazing!

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  28. I love their macarons! They are so good!

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  29. Oh very great giveaway!
    xx

    www,sakuranko.com

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  30. I have a soft spot for macarons and ginger cookies, so those would be the first two I would go for!

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  31. It is is hard to pick just one Duchess fave... The Duke is one of a kind and one of my tried and true faves. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Any of the macarons - soooo delish!

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  33. Their rose macarons are my favourite, you can't go wrong with rose-flavoured anything ;)

    socha@ualberta.ca

    www.flowrepower.com

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  34. I love Rhubarb so I would love to try the Rhubarb Galette

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  35. I live in Vancouver so I've never been but the Tarte Montreal looks delish!

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    1. I tried it at their cookbook launch and it was FABULOUS! :)

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  36. Oh to narrow it to just one....I'm going to have to go with The Duke.

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  37. I always go for the macaron but I stay for everything else

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  38. I love the Duchess house tea and the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The macarons are always such a great gift too.

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  39. I find the lemon Madeleines at Duchess Bake Shop to be dangerously addictive! There's something about the density, not too light, not too heavy, that gives every bite the perfect amount of resistance. The lemon, and lemon alone, is the perfect accompaniment to a black breakfast tea; the sour-sweetness of the lemon madeleine is a well-matched counterpoint to the dark bitterness of the tea. Madeleines clearly operate as a team because I find they leap, one-by-one, into my mouth until the entire bag is empty!

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  40. Sharileen's sour cream and cherry pie for sure!

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  41. The root beer macaron was an August special...I still dream about them!!

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  42. The pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice macaroons

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  43. i think i'll pull a julie & julia (after my wedding ;) ) and eat my way through this cookbook too

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  44. Banana cream pie! It's delish.

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  45. The classic... I love their macarons! Irresistible.

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  46. My all time favourite item has always been their Salted Caramel Macaron.

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  47. I love sitting in and enjoying a cappuccino and salted caramel macaron. You just don't have the same atmosphere taking out.

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  48. We finally got to visit Duchess Bake Shop last in October. We took home some mini cakes to enjoy and our family favourite was definitely the mini lemon meringue cake. I came home with all sorts of fun baking stuff like the caneles molds that I vow to use one day soon...

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  49. I quite enjoy their fresh marshmallows!

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  50. My favorite is treat is their macarons!

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  51. I equally love the Paris-Brest and croissants

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  52. I'd love to try the Gruyere Croissant because that's my favourite type of cheese.

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  53. I'd love to try their Banana Cream Pie

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  54. Paris-Brest--divine! Almond croissants a close second

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  55. Whenever I go into duchess, no matter what I am picking up; I always get some extra grand meres Florentines and a sour cream cherry pie.

    Email: potterybysonia@gmail.com

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  56. I'd love to taste the Rhubarb Galette.
    Cheers.
    dreena_b at hotmail dotcom

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  57. LOVE the macaron. Anything in the fruit family is tops in my books.

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  58. The ever changing eclair with it's seasonal ingredients are a must upon visiting the shop!
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  59. Can't go wrong with the macarons!

    jtigercat88@hotmail.com

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  60. I love the key lime pie. noelle.trinh@gmail.com

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  61. I love their croissants and their monthly features of Macaron Gâteau! yum

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  62. i would love to try a salted caramel macaron. i live in Victoria so the closed i'll get is the cookbook.

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  63. I alternate between their hummingbird loaf, key lime tart and Macaron Gâteau! I always ALWAYS bring home bag of that month's featured meringues - YUM!

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  64. Any of their macaroons or the gruyere croissants are my favs!

    -chelsealeflar@hotmail.com

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  65. I love the macarons (they're my go-to!) but I also love the Mont Blanc and any of the seasonal tarts/pastries! So delicious!

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