Mad About Macarons, Easy French Recipes & Teatime in Paris

Jill Colonna

French Chocolate Passion Mousse with Nougatine

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A French classic mousse with no cream, just intense dark chocolate and made even lighter with passion fruit. It's something to get excited about - just watch how you tell the French!
Jill Colonna

Chocolate Coconut Granola (Vegan)

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A cereal-ously satisfying healthy breakfast with no added sugar - just natural, delicious ingredients and happens to be gluten free!
Dubarry French Cauliflower Cream SoupJill Colonna

Dubarry Cauliflower Cream Soup

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The crème de la crème of French soups - with a deliciously hot royal romance behind it, which simmered away between Versailles and Paris in the 18th century.
Reine de Saba Chocolate Almond CakeJill Colonna

Reine de Saba Chocolate Almond Cake

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Can you 'Handel' another French cake? Welcome the arrival of the Queen of Sheba! It's gluten-free which could also be music to your ears...
Jill Colonna

French Apple Nougat Tart

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Sweet almond pastry with chunks of seared apples tossed in vanilla and topped with crunchy almonds - it's a nutcracker of a dessert!
Quick French Apple TartJill Colonna

Quick French Apple Tart with Calvados Cream

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This dessert is almost cheating! Made in 20 minutes using 2 Granny Smiths, ready-made butter puff pastry, honey, almonds, butter and Calvados. A veritable French fall recipe...
French Apple Crumble CakeJill Colonna

French Apple Crumble Cake

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A genius, easy gingerbread apple & oat crumble 'gateau' from French film director & screenwriter, Danièle Thompson. Enjoy chilled for dessert, teatime, or give a French touch to Thanksgiving.
Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for a delicious Autumnal stroll in Montmartre's more hidden side. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
sugar free oat muffinsJill Colonna

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins (no added sugar)

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A naturally sweet breakfast boost using dried fruits, brazil nuts for Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.

February Menus & Getaways – from Paris to Date Ideas

Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for a delicious Autumnal stroll in Montmartre's more hidden side. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
cracked macaron black forest creamsJill Colonna

Cracked Macaron Black Forest Creams

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Cracked macarons? Make these chocolate cherry boozy gluten free desserts. They're so good, you'll want to make them with perfect macaron shells too!
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce - Recipe & Origins

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Ooh the simple Béarn-ecessities of life! This sublime French sauce is so easy to whisk up - did you know it was invented where Louis XIV was born near Paris?
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

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What to see and do in this romantic French town and what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours drive from Paris
sticky toffee apple puddingJill Colonna

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

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Ideas for dates! Up close with the most lush, dark, comfort-food classic dessert with apple - seeing blurry? Looking for a spoon? You may have sticky toffee pudding syndrome. Quick and check out the solutions...
Caramelised pineapple rice puddingJill Colonna

Caramelised Pineapple Rice Pudding (Riz Condé)

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French riz au lait served "à la Condé", a chic yet simple vanilla rice pudding with pineapple. Kicking off an exciting Alexandre Dumas culinary challenge.
Jill Colonna

Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake

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A spicy ginger twist to the French classic fudgy fondant that's not only quick and easy but tastes even better next day. Easy to prepare a gluten-free version too.
Gratin DauphinoisJill Colonna

Gratin Dauphinois - French Creamy Potato Bake

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One of the easiest French classic comfort foods, adding a truffle of luxury for special occasions - or a new discovery I've made recently that takes this to another level.
Black sesame ice creamJill Colonna

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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A taste of a delicious Japanese summer in Paris with this special ice cream. If you love peanut butter, you'll adore this - and much healthier too. Serve with macarons for that extra touch.
French Crème Caramel

French Crème Caramel

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The favourite classic on many Parisian restaurant menus - yet so easy to make at home. This one is so melt-in-the-mouth light!
Matrimonial cakeJill Colonna

Matrimonial Cake - Oaty Shortbread Date Squares

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Looking for perfect date ideas? Try this oaty Matrimonial Cake, like my Scottish Granny used to make and make the other half melt!
bouchons Lyon restaurants

Best Value Gourmet Lyon in 3 Days

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A taste of Lyon's bistros & traditional bouchons in France's gastronomic capital.
Rhubarb crumbles

Mini Rhubarb Crumbles

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Make-in-advance easy peasy: rhubarb rose compote, crunchy oat crumble topped with the lightest white chocolate mousse. Just top with a macaron!
Mojito snaps

Brandy Snaps - Mojito Style!

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Remember brandy or ginger snaps? Give these retro beauties a lime, mint and rum twist to make a special cocktail (strictly adult) dessert
Macaron Tiramisu

Macaron Tiramisu (gluten free)

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Tiramisu macaron shells from the Mad About Macarons book are given a deliciously easy gluten free twist to the Italian classic dessert
Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake

Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake

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The laziest cheesecake on the planet! A Brocciu or Ricotta Cake Corsican family dessert typically served between November and June.
saint Germain-en-Laye

Saint-Germain-en-Laye: Paris Day Trips

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Want to do something different and avoid the tourist crowds in Paris? Come to my Mini Paris: a royal town filled with history and a farmers' market 3x a week
French Monkfish Stew

Monkfish French Brittany Stew - Lotte à l'armoricaine

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A deliciously easy French classic that's perfect if you have a lotte ... of entertaining
creamy orange curd recipe for crepes

Creamy Orange Curd - a perfect topping for Crêpes!

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A deliciously zingy, creamy topping for crepes or pancakes this February. Part of the egg yolk recipe collection - keep the whites for macarons!
macaron vs macaroonJill Colonna

Macarons vs Macaroons

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The difference between macarons and macaroons: a guide to the French ambassador of pastry and other associated treats
Giant raspberry macaron with passion fruit cream filling

Passion Fruit and Raspberry Macaron Filling

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For passion fruit lovers, you'll fall in love with this zingy cream for your giant macarons