Category Archives: french

Eggnog macarons

With warm spices in the shells and an eggnog ermine buttercream filling, these macarons taste just like Christmas! My initial plan was to use pre-made eggnog in the ermine filling, but apparently that’s not a thing here in Switzerland. So … Continue reading

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Mocha macarons with açaí ermine filling

It has been so long so I made macarons! I was looking for inspiration and my son’s Brazilian girlfriend suggested this combination. But we don’t keep instant coffee powder in the house, so a science experiment ensued to test whether … Continue reading

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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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Brioche

Brioche is a classic French enriched bread, usually enjoyed at breakfast. Rich, soft buttery brioche is the perfect vehicle for jam, honey, nutella, even more butter… or just on its own! Personally, I’m partial to tearing up a thick slice … Continue reading

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