Desserts

How to make the Perfect French Cherry Clafoutis

Written by on June 30, 2015 in Desserts
How to make the Perfect French Cherry Clafoutis

Try this yummy cherry clafoutis recipe, perfect to celebrate summer, direct from Provence! It is said that the cherry clafoutis recipe was invented in Limousin (it’s called clafoutis aux cerises in French). The name comes from the word clafotís that means “to fill up” in Occitan, in this case to fill up the batter mix with cherries […]

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Great Cakes of France: The French Éclair

Written by on June 22, 2015 in Desserts, Gastronomy
Great Cakes of France: The French Éclair

The French Éclair is known around the world, it is one of the greatest cakes ever! Éclair means “flash of lightning” and quite why it’s called that is not 100% known but many say that it is an old joke of pastry makers that the éclair is eaten “in a flash”! The history of the […]

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Mousse au chocolat with Mini Eggs and Cream!

Written by on April 4, 2015 in Desserts
Mousse au chocolat with Mini Eggs and Cream!

A delicious, simple but oh so pretty dessert that’s perfect for Easter. My little Pots au Chocolats  are decorated with freshly whipped cream and mini chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies though there’s plenty of scope to choose your own decorations.  A light and fluffy two chocolate mousse that is perfect as a light dessert for Easter […]

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Authentic Sables Biscuits Recipe from France

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Desserts
Authentic Sables Biscuits Recipe from France

These cookies are made from rich buttery dough flavoured with vanilla, cinnamon and almonds. They are extremely tempting and rather addictive and taste a little bit like shortbread. Sables biscuits originate from Sable-sur-Sarthe in the North East of France more than 300 years ago. In French the word ‘sable’ translates into English as ‘sand’. This […]

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January’s Must Have in France – the Cake of Kings

Written by on January 2, 2015 in Desserts
January’s Must Have in France – the Cake of Kings

It isn’t quite the law to eat the cake of Kings in France in January – but almost! Every supermarket and every boulangerie and patisserie in France will be selling them. A cake with a crown, a gateau with great meaning – a delicious galette des rois, a cake of the kings. Not the French […]

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Traditional French Flaune recipe from Aveyron

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Desserts
Traditional French Flaune recipe from Aveyron

Flaune is a medieval dish very typical of the Aveyron. Originally from the Rouergue and Causses areas, it remains a popular dessert which you’ll often found eaten in the warmer months. So popular in fact that as I hunted amongst the patisseries of Rodez on a balmy Friday evening, there was not a single one […]

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons recipe

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Desserts
Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons recipe

Jill Colonna is the Macaron Queen of Paris and her book Mad about Macarons is full of fabulous recipes for macaron marvels like this gorgeous sticky toffee pudding macarons recipe that she’s shared with us… See here for a basic macaron recipe… INGREDIENTS: 150g organic egg whites 100g fine caster sugar 180g ground almonds 270g […]

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Chantilly Cream History and Recipe

Written by on August 26, 2014 in Desserts, French Cuisine
Chantilly Cream History and Recipe

The sweet, creamy, frothy, delicate, immaculately white, whipped cream known as Chantilly Cream is eaten worldwide, but its origins are shrouded in mystery and legend in France… History of Chantilly Cream The invention of Chantilly whipped cream is often attributed to the great French chef Vatel who worked in the kitchens of the Château de […]

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French cakes in France

Written by on June 9, 2014 in Desserts, Gastronomy, Photo gallery
French cakes in France

French cakes: There’s nothing quite so delicious as a delicious, classic French cake made by a master patissier in France… In my part of France I am well-known by the bakers and cake makers in towns and villages far and wide – I am a French cake monkey in fact! I go into almost every boulangerie […]

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Pistachio Madeleines with Chocolate Sorbet

Written by on May 26, 2014 in Desserts
Pistachio Madeleines with Chocolate Sorbet

Little shell-shaped Madeleine cakes are a tradition in France, usually made with finely ground almonds. Here Chef Daniel Galmiche shares his recipe for the oh-so delicate little cakes using pistachio nuts instead saying “This makes for a perfect combination, but you may also like to serve the madeleines with a simple vanilla ice cream or […]

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