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Behind the Kitchen Door: Zoë François’s Kitchen is One Sweet Spot

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Famous for her Bread-in-Five-Minutes-a-Day series, Minneapolis pastry chef, blogger, and author Zoë François shares the space where she bakes morning, noon, and night.

Text by Charles Miller

Ask Zoë François about her earliest baking memory and she’ll tell you, “I really liked blowing stuff up.” Of course, she isn’t talking about explosives but rather her lifelong fascination with how baked goods expand as they cook. Eight-year- old Zoë was mesmerized by the magic of, say, a fluffy soufflé rising up from its dish as she watched through the glass door of her mother’s oven. She’s no less obsessed today. Zoë has made a career out of her love for baked goods, doing everything from making ice cream cakes for Ben & Jerry’s to running her own cookie company, becoming a restaurant pastry chef, blogger, baking instructor, and currently, a food writer and cookbook author. In fact, her fifth book on bread-baking, The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (written with Jeff Hertzberg), is hot off the presses.

If you’ve made a homemade pizza on a weeknight, chances are you used Zoë’s and Jeff’s simple Make-Ahead Pizza Dough (you can use it to make thin or thick crusts in our Pizza Recipe Maker).

To bake for a living, Zoë needed a spacious kitchen with plenty of storage and counter space. In this article, she’ll explain how she designed the space, including how a demolition discovery became a serendipitous cake-decorating nook.

Giveaway: Visit the giveaway post to enter to win two of Zoë’s favorite cake stands. Giveaway ends Thursday, February 27.



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  • PaulaCurry | 02/25/2014

    It is all the special touches, big and small, that create an amazing space. Zoe has done it in her kitchen! The same can be said for everything we create in our kitchens. The cake stands simply add that extra touch...to be appreciated by those we love and for whom we bake, beautiful cakes!!
    Thanks for sharing the kitchen and the opportunity to win these inspiring cake stands. :)

  • Escondidocook | 02/06/2014

    That kitchen is a bakers dream. And that chalkboard is gorgeous. I think your brother could start a very successful business creating beautiful boards like that. And I would love to know your secret for baking daily and not having the evidence show up on your hips!

  • gbherons | 02/04/2014

    An amazing remodel for the very best kitchen. Oh how I long for hat much space. Cake stands would be greatly appreciated, if I can find the space for them.

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