Desserts

Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

Written by on October 22, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

I live in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, northern France. But it doesn’t mean I miss out on amazing French gastronomy, and I don’t even need to leave home! Three times a week the Bread Man delivers bread to our village and many others in the area. His deliveries mean we all […]

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How to make Cherries Jubilee

Written by on September 17, 2020 in Desserts
How to make Cherries Jubilee

Cherries jubilee is an old school classic French dessert though it was invented in England. It’s super easy to make and utterly delicious. The recipe is credited to the great French chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the dish in honour of the the Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. The dish is made with […]

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Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Written by on September 13, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Flan Pâtissier (or Parisian) is a simple custard tart and a classic French recipe but it’s origins go back much further. “What have the Romans ever done for us?” The classic line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian got the answer “aqueducts… sanitation… roads… irrigation…” and a whole lot more. They didn’t say flans – […]

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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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