A capon, which weighs a good eight or nine pounds, is a young male chicken that has been neutered. The snow-white breast meat is very tender and finely textured. You can find capons fresh or frozen at butcher shops and many supermarkets.
Sweet croustades make delicious, elegant desserts; see how easy it is to make your own with this recipe from "Bake! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking," by Nick Malgieri.Photo credit: Quentin Bacon
This pudding may be made with figs for a dark, rich, traditional pudding, or with dried apricots for a lighter, slightly tarter version. Whole or halved dried apricots may be used. You'll need eight small pudding molds. Steam for 2 hours to produce moister puddings, 2 hours 20 minutes for denser puddings.