When I stepped off the ferry at Les Saintes, part of the archipelago of Guadeloupe, several island women approached me with colorful, madras-lined baskets filled with the tourment d'amour, a tart-like cake that translates into the "agony of love."
Sébastien Gaudard's white currant tarts called out to me through the window, pulling me into the Parisian shop that’s as airy and elegant as the pastries inside. So when I found rare white currants with similar serendipity at my local farmers' market, I knew I had to recreate them.
June heralds summer and strawberry season. And so chilled strawberry pies were a staple at my family's lake house. While we never really used a recipe, I've added some rhubarb I picked up at my farmers market—along with the strawberries—and took notes during my latest edition.