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best bakeries in Lyon
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Lyon's Best Patisseries, Chocolates & Macarons

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A selection of the finest bakeries for the sweet-toothed in France's gastronomic capital.
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Salted Toffee Cherry Tomatoes

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Make the most of tomato season and the last of the summer with a this fun apéritif. You'll love them!
renoir cafe montmartre museum garden
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Café Renoir, Montmartre Museum Gardens

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Avoid the summer crowds around Sacré-Coeur and head to this peaceful haven for a drink or snack, now refurbished to welcome you!
Flourless Chocolate Cake
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Flourless Chocolate Cake

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A sweet, classic gluten free chocolate cake recipe that's perfect for birthdays or any occasion - guest post from Chef Jason Galletti, Melbourne.
best pastries rue Saint-Dominique
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Best Pastries Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris

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My guide to the best pastry & chocolate shops plus tearooms all in 3 blocks near the Eiffel Tower!
mini rhubarb crumbles
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Mini Rhubarb Crumbles

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An easy dessert made in advance: rhubarb rose compote, crunchy oat crumble & a light white chocolate mousse. Just top with a macaron!
Saint-honoré Paris Mandarin
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Saint Honoré Paris: A Pastry Party and a New Healthy Menu

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The best tribute to Saint Honoré plus a new detox menu, l'Honoré by Thierry Marx at the Mandarin Oriental Paris
Corsican Brocciu Lasagne
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Corsican Brocciu Lasagne

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An easy version of the classic dish of Cannelloni au Brocciu, with a secret ingredient that makes all the difference.
pistachio ice cream Il Gelato del Marchese
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Lebey 2017 Paris: New Gastronomic Sensations

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Culinary discoveries at the annual Lebey Oscars of French gastronomy in Paris.
passion fruit mango creams
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Passion Fruit Mango Creams

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A healthy, easy no-bake fruity dessert that goes so well with Easter chocolate!
potato gratin savoyard
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Potato Gratin Savoyard

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A simple family recipe for potato gratin, a lighter version of a Gratin Dauphinois with no cream and just as delicious.
chocolate ginger passion cake
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Chocolate Ginger Passion Cake

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Say it with chocolate cake this Easter or Mother's Day with ginger, passion fruit and top with macarons!
mojito snaps
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Brandy Snaps - Mojito Style!

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Retro brandy snaps given a lime, mint and rum twist to make Mojito Snaps - something rather adult for Mother's Day
cheese spring onion rosemary scones
macaron kitchen digital scales
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Macaron Digital Kitchen Scales Giveaway!

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Why it's essential to use digital kitchen scales for consistently successful baking results plus a macaron scale giveaway by Terraillon measuring experts
Macaron Tiramisu
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Macaron Tiramisu (gluten free)

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Tiramisu macaron shells are given a creative twist to make a gluten free version of the Italian classic dessert

September Recipes & Article Feast

Chocolate pastry tour Saint Germain en Laye
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Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chocolate Pastry Tour

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Just 20 mins outside Paris, create your own sweet gourmet DIY walk with my favourite local haunts
All pastries are very much reduced in sugar, allowing each ingredient to shine. A particular personal favorite to give you an example is La Rustique – crunchy base of chestnut flour and brown rice, sweet potato and cinnamon purée and topped with baked apple. I loved the different textures and although not powerful, the hint of sweet potato is a clever touch. At 145 calories, it’s apparently 64% less than its traditional pastry, with 40% less sugar and has 97% more Magnesium and 44% more vitamin C! No gluten, no egg, no nuts and no soya. If you’re a real dark chocolate fan, then try the (also dairy-free) powerful l’Opérette, with a mixture of 70%, 85% and 100% raw cocoa for the most deliciously healthy protein boost.
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Foucade: A Healthy 100% Gluten-Free Patisserie in Paris

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I almost want to keep this address a secret. Last week I discovered…
Palets Bretons Recipe French Butter Cookies from Brittany
macaron macaroon difference
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Macarons vs Macaroons

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The difference between macarons and macaroons: a guide to the French ambassador of pastry and the other coconut treats
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Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes with Runny Hearts

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A French dessert menu classic that's so quick to prepare and great for any occasion.
Autumn leaved vines in Montmartre, Paris
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Wine Festival Montmartre Paris 7-11 October 2015

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While the arrival of Autumn is reminding us of its gradual presence in…
Sweetcorn and red pepper cream soup recipe
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Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Soup

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A magnificent way to enjoy the freshest farmers' market corn-on-the-cob for a taste of summer
Banana coffee chestnut cake recipe
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Banana Chestnut Coffee Cake

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Give yourself a kick-start to school mornings with this reduced sugar loaf, Corsican-style with chestnut flour.
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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro in 3 Days

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A taste of Rio in 3 days with favourite restaurants and teatime treats
Madagascan Vanilla on sale at the market in Provence
beetroot risotto with beetroot and horseradish macaron
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Beetroot Horseradish Risotto - with Macarons

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I'm often amazed how some of my recipes, like this Beetroot Horseradish…
Georges Le Bonbon au Palais, confiseries Régionales, Paris
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Bonbons! The Best French Sweet Shop in Paris

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I literally stumbled into this sweet shop the other day in the…
creamy rice pudding
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A Fruity Weekend at the King's Vegetable Garden in Versailles

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I lost the plot this weekend. Blame it on the persisting torrents…
Crispy Sweet Potato Prawn Thai Salad
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Crispy Papaya Nests, Prawns, and Skinny Sweet Potato Fries

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I'm not into fried foods. It's like an unspoken rule to avoid…