Category Archives: french


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 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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Chèvre with lavender honey

As much as I love it, the time has come for my formerly favourite warm goat cheese salad to step out of the spotlight and make room for this flavour bomb! This version is lighter, because there’s no Gruyère, but … Continue reading

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Nougat de Montélimar

Another one from my bucket list –  French Nougat de Montélimar. Not overly sweet, firm but chewy – just wonderful! After reading literally dozens of different recipes, I settled on this one, which I adapted slightly. I used Acacia honey … Continue reading

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Cannelés à moka

Mocha cannelès made with dark chocolate and Kahlúa. Oh.My.Word. If you don’t have traditional molds, you can use a muffin or popover pan. Make these. Eat them. Swoon. Makes 18 – 20 Ingredients 500ml (2 cups + 2 scant tbsp) … Continue reading

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Cannelés à l’orange

Orange zest and Cointreau give a delicious citrus twist to these custardy little cakes. Happy New Year to all – may your 2014 be filled with love, laughter and adventure. Makes 16 – 18 Ingredients 500ml (2 cups + 2 … Continue reading

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