Desserts

How to make chocolate fondant cake

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Desserts
How to make chocolate fondant cake

This gooey-centred chocolate pudding is irresistible! It’s not known exactly who invented it or when though french chef Michel Bras claims to be the creator. But, whoever it was, we should all be thankful for this mellow, melt-in-your mouth classic. Here’s how to make chocolate fondant cake at home… Ingredients for 4 2 oz bittersweet […]

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How to make Paris-Brest cake

Written by on October 24, 2019 in Desserts
How to make Paris-Brest cake

The Paris-Brest cake was invented in 1910, by pastry chef Louis Durand of Patisserie Durand in Maisons-Laffitte. It was inspired by the famous cycle ride between Paris and Brest in Brittany. The round elements represent the wheel of a bike. The cake is made from choux pastry, filled with praline cream and garnished with flaked […]

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Easy recipe for Millefeuille with strawberries

Written by on October 3, 2019 in Desserts
Easy recipe for Millefeuille with strawberries

The origins of the famous millefuille (which can also be spelled mille-feuille) cake aren’t known though a cake that was somewhat similar was said to have been first made in the 17th century. It wasn’t the millefeuille as we know it today, that took years of perfecting by various chefs including the famous King of […]

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Recipe for Tarte Reine-Claude

Written by on August 23, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for Tarte Reine-Claude

Queen Claude’s tart is a classic French dessert and definitely fit for royalty! It’s really easy to make and utterly delicious. The tart is made with plums known as Reine-Claude (greengage). The plums are named after Claude of France (1499-1524), the wife of Francis 1. If you love sweet, fruity tarts – you’ll love this […]

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How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Desserts
How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

The origins of the little French cakes known as canelés remains a mystery, but one of the most plausible theories is that they were invented by the nuns of the L’Annonciade monastery in Sainte-Eulalie, in Bordeaux. When basking them, some people use a silicone mold. But I always recommend using traditional copper molds. Granted, copper […]

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Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Desserts
Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

A light, airy and utterly scrumptious dessert. Most people think it’s a tricky recipe but it’s not really that difficult when you know how. The soufflé as we know it is said to have originated in France in the 18th century when it was apparently created as a dish for the mistress of Louis XV, […]

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Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Whenever I visit the small town of Buxy in France’s Côte Chalonnaise, you will likely find me at the tiny market held in the centre ville on Thursday mornings. Though there aren’t many stalls, every-thing on offer is absolutely delicious. I especially look forward to stopping by the stand selling honey and French gingerbread, or […]

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Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Taking hardly any time at all to prepare these sweet, crunchy meringues filled with chestnut cream and covered in hot chocolate sauce are a dreamy dessert! Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes 1.5 cups (200g) thick crème fraiche 1 heaped tablespoon mascarpone 2 teaspoons sweet chestnut purée (crème de marrons) 50z (150g) bittersweet chocolate 5 […]

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Recipe for Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for Apple and Blackberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is one of the most versatile French desserts and finds its origins in the Limousin, a lush, green region situated in the heart of the Massif Central. If you’ve never made or tasted clafoutis before, think of it as a ‘custardy’ type of cake. It doesn’t call for that much flour, so there isn’t […]

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Profiteroles or Cream Puffs – an historic French pastry | And how to make them

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Desserts
Profiteroles or Cream Puffs – an historic French pastry | And how to make them

Profiteroles, the airy light pastries we all love (called cream puffs in the US) have been around for at least 500 years! The history of profiteroles No one can know the real origin of profiteroles but it seems they’ve been around for at least 500 years. The French writer Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) mentions profiteroles in […]

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