Desserts

How to make Eiffel Tower Biscuits

Written by on December 26, 2020 in Desserts
How to make Eiffel Tower Biscuits

Eiffel Tower biscuits are easy to make. Great for making an impression, sharing and hanging from Christmas trees! And if you really want to make them pretty – add some “stained glass” detail… Ingredients for Eiffel Tower biscuits 1 cup/226g unsalted butter 1 cup/200g granulated sugar4 cups/480g all-purpose plain flour ½ cup/65g corn powder 2 […]

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Michelin Star chef Tony Lestienne’s gingerbread loaf recipe

Written by on December 9, 2020 in Desserts
Michelin Star chef Tony Lestienne’s gingerbread loaf recipe

The French love their gingerbread! It’s been a classic dish for hundreds of years and is especially popular in the north of France. In Boulogne-sur-Mer, one of the most famous makers of gingerbread was Clémence Lestienne. Born Clémence Clarisse in 1834, she was known as much for the sweet treats she sold at markets in […]

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Recipe for sweet Pithiviers

Written by on November 12, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for sweet Pithiviers

Pithiviers is a puff pastry pie that originated in its current form from the town of Pithiviers in Loiret, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The sweet cake is loved all over France. It’s claimed the true origins of Pithiviers date back before the Middle Ages, even to the time of the Romans but the […]

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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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