Desserts

Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

Written by on July 10, 2020 in Desserts, Gastronomy
Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

I’d never heard of this apple pie until I visited the beautiful area of Gers, AKA Gascony. Deep in the hear of rural southern France, it’s like the land that time forgot. Rolling hills, vineyards, orchards and lakes, peppered with tiny villages and medieval towns. It’s a land of plenty and famous for its speciality […]

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How to make French Brioche at home

Written by on June 15, 2020 in Desserts
How to make French Brioche at home

Brioche is a classic French pastry. Part cake, part bread, it’s a staple dish in France. Eaten for breakfast or as a snack, it’s buttery-eggy-sweetness make it a firm favourite. For those who love to cook or can’t be in France, here’s how to make French brioche at home. No one knows when it was […]

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Easy recipe for French chouquettes

Written by on May 19, 2020 in Desserts
Easy recipe for French chouquettes

Like the sweet sister of savoury Gougères, those oh so French cheesy puffs, chouqettes are delicious sugary dough balloons. The light pastry was invented in Italy in the 16th century and perfected by French chefs and renamed choux pastry in the 17th century. It’s used extensively in French cakes – eclairs, Religieuse cakes and chouquettes, […]

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Recipe for chocolate mousse – parfait

Written by on May 1, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for chocolate mousse – parfait

Chocolate mousse is a classic dessert of French restaurants. Served in glasses or parfait jars and topped with fruit, cream, crème fraiche, nuts, grated chocolate – whatever takes your fancy, it’s a really simple dish to make but oh so delicious. Chocolate mousse for four 6 egg whites 2 tbsp golden caster sugar 150g 70% […]

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Lemon, thyme & olive oil cake | Taste of Provence

Written by on April 27, 2020 in Desserts
Lemon, thyme & olive oil cake | Taste of Provence

There are three ingredients that always make me think of Provence and the South of France – olive oil, lemons and fresh thyme… Olive trees were introduced to France more than 2500 years ago and flourished due to the dry soil and agreeable climate. Groves of olive trees can be seen throughout Provence which now […]

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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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