Category Archives: french

Lavender macarons

While summer brings mountains of fresh fruit and bright flavours, it is also the season for lavender to flower. Freshly dried flower buds give these macarons a rich, heady perfume which is perfectly offset by the creamy vanilla filling. If … Continue reading

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Christmas macaroons

Light and fluffy coconut macaroons, studded with candied fruit and enrobed in white chocolate. French-style coconut macaroons (congolais) are made with just coconut, sugar and egg whites and flavoured with a touch of lemon zest, and are much lighter than … Continue reading

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Gateau Breton

Gateau Breton is a traditional butter cake from the Brittany region in north western France. It is uncomplicated and requires just a few pantry staples to make, but like all traditional recipes, benefits from high quality ingredients. This basic version … Continue reading

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Goat cheese and thyme madeleines

Moist, soft, slightly tangy savoury madeleines to nibble on with a glass of wine on a warm summer evening. These goat cheese and thyme madeleines are so quick to make and bake. And you don’t need a madeleine pan – … Continue reading

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Oeufs à la Neige (snow eggs)

That luscious, indulgent French dessert, Oeufs à la Neige. Soft, light, sweet poached meringues floating in a pool of rich, golden crème anglaise, topped with a sprinkling of crisp almond praline. Serves 6 – 8 Preparation: 10 minutes for the … Continue reading

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Paris-brest

That most luscious of pastries, the Paris-Brest. This isn’t authentic because it has no praline in the pastry cream, but I had to make a nut-free version, so… I made a double batch of the pastry to make 12 Paris-Brests, … Continue reading

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Sourdough adventures – brioche dinner rolls

  A little lighter than their traditional counterpart, with fewer eggs and less butter, these sourdough brioche dinner rolls have a thin, crisp crust, a cloud-soft interior and a rich, buttery taste. They pair perfectly with a bowl of homemade … Continue reading

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