Desserts

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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How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

Written by on October 11, 2018 in Desserts
How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

This delicious recipe for crème caramel comes from the cook book In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by Mardi Michels of popular blog eat.live.travel.write In her first book, Mardi shows that French food doesn’t have to be complicated. The result is an elegant, approachable cookbook featuring […]

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Recipe for French Cupcakes with Calvados

Written by on August 21, 2018 in Desserts
Recipe for French Cupcakes with Calvados

You might not think of Calvados as an ingredient for dessert but it’s perfect with this lovely recipe for sweet little cupcakes! Ingredients for 4 people 2 eggs 100 g of sugar 120 g of flour 5 g of baking powder 120 g of melted butter 100 g of white chocolate 1 apple type reinette […]

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How to make French Financiers cake

Written by on July 10, 2018 in Desserts
How to make French Financiers cake

Financiers are an excellent handheld after-school snack. Essentially a tea cake made with a touch of almond meal, these are a little more substantial than madeleines. They come in various shapes, including rectangles and ovals, and here we’re using a mini muffin pan because they’re easy to find and many people have them in the […]

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