Mad About Macarons! A French – Scottish Food Blog in Paris

sticky toffee apple puddingJill Colonna

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

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The most lush, dark, comfort-food classic dessert with apple - plus practical solutions for sticky toffee pudding syndrome.
Hottest Paris Food Tour #parisfoodtour #paristravel

The Hottest Paris Food Tour

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A great introduction to traditional French foods for your trip to Paris, enjoyed in relaxed restaurant settings in the lovely Marais.
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.
Vegan macaronsJill Colonna

Raspberry Vegan Macarons: Aquafaba French Meringue

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How to make picture perfect macarons without any egg whites or dairy in sight. Vegan macaron tips and tasting test conclusions.
chicken prune tagineJill Colonna

Chicken Prune Tagine - Spicy Comfort Food

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A gently spiced winter warmer that's lighter than it looks. Light a candle, dim the lights and be transported to Morocco - or Paris!
Cranachan Parfait Scottish dessertJill Colonna

Cranachan Parfait - An Iced Scottish Dessert

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My French twist to the traditional Scottish dessert of cream, honey, Whisky, oats and raspberries for Burn's Night, St Andrew's Night, St Valentine's - or any occasion.
smoked tea beurre blanc salmonJill Colonna

Smoked Tea Beurre Blanc Salmon

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A French-Scottish alliance on a plate for Burn's Night - with my smoky twist to the classic beurre blanc lemon sauce using a simple Lapsang Souchong teabag.
Melting Meringue SnowballsJill Colonna @Mad About Macarons

Melting Meringue Snowballs

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French meringues generously filled with hazelnut praline, lemon jelly, vanilla cream and candied chestnut for a light, festive dessert that's just waiting for you to 'throw' a party!
Bourdaloue Pear TartJill Colonna

Bourdaloue Pear Tart - a Parisian Classic

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Found in many patisseries at this time of year, this tart has been glazing around Paris since the 1900s when it was invented in Rue Bourdaloue.
butternut walnut gratinJill Colonna

Butternut Walnut Gratin - Playing Winter Squash

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Make this winter comforter in one healthy dish for the family or en amoureux. Delicious veggies with toasted walnuts for the crunch that cling to a layer of melted cheese.
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Renoir Tour: Chatou - Carrieres-sur-Seine

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Venture out of Paris for an afternoon on one of the four Impressionist's walks in les Yvelines, only 10km west of the city and discover some surprises!
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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.
chai tea creme anglaiseJill Colonna

Chai Tea Creme Anglaise - Light French Custard

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An Autumnal spicy kick to the French classic custard sauce - perfect with the Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake.
Gratin DauphinoisJill Colonna

Gratin Dauphinois - French Creamy Potato Bake

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Enjoy this easy French classic, a winter warming side-dish guaranteed to please and add a wee touch of extra luxury...
pumpkin pecan chestnut flour tartJill Colonna

Pumpkin Pecan Chestnut Flour Tart

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Inspired by the colourful Autumnal scenes in Paris, taste Autumn on a plate with this lush vegetarian French tart for the holiday season.
Chocolate Banana Marble Cake

Chocolate Banana Marble Cake

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A reduced sugar whirl cake perfect for breakfast or brunch, either topped with roasted banana or served at teatime with a fudgy dark chocolate ganache.
Top 10 Halloween Macaron IdeasJill Colonna

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

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Are you trick or treat? No matter 'witch' one, find your ideal macarons to party as Mad About Macarons celebrates its 10th reprint on its 8th birthday! Thank YOU for all your support and joining the fun.
Denise Acabo A l'Etoile d'Or Paris chocolateJill Colonna

Paris Chocolate Star Denise Acabo - A l'Etoile d'Or

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Ready for a healthy dose of contagiously cheerful chocolate-induced endorphins? Meet the golden star of chocolate in Pigalle.
dark chocolate mousseJill Colonna

Lightest Dark Chocolate Mousse

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A light and intensely bittersweet French dark chocolate mousse for serious chocolate lovers - with no cream!
Breakfast oat cookiesJill Colonna

Breakfast Oat Cookies with Hazelnut & Cranberry

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A deliciously healthy start to the day with reduced sugar, plus a perfect quick teatime snack to tide you over until dinner without the guilt
Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta SauceJill Colonna

Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta Sauce

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My saucy, creamy pasta version of the French classic, Salade de Chèvre Chaud to bring the sunshine to the table at any time of year

Love is on the February Menu

dark chocolate mousseJill Colonna

Lightest Dark Chocolate Mousse

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A light and intensely bittersweet French dark chocolate mousse for serious chocolate lovers - with no cream!
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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On a date? Try this oaty Matrimonial Cake, like my Scottish Granny used to make and make the other half melt!
Sweet Kisses Patisserie Paris Baisers Sucrés Valentines Chocolate

Sweet Kisses Patisserie Paris - Valentine's Creation

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See how this unique hibiscus, Earl Grey tea and pink Champagne chocolate flower by Baisers Sucrés was created in the heart of Paris's 10th for St Valentine's
healthy breakfast bran muffinsJill Colonna

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

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Irresistibly moist muffins with oats, dates and apple and add gingerbread spice for a festive touch - inspired from my Granny's Black Book of Scottish recipes.
best bakeries in Lyon

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.
chocolate ginger passion cake

Chocolate Ginger Passion Cake

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Try this special moist, intense but light chocolate cake with ginger, passion fruit and top with macarons!
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 are given a creative twist to make a gluten free version of the Italian classic dessert
Orange Caramel Cake

Orange Caramel Cake

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Sticky orange caramel cake - great served warm for breakfast and teatime, if there's any left!
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
mini macaron trifles

Mini Macaron Trifles - Ispahan Style

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A trifle of British nostalgia given a mini Parisian touch, all dressed up for your party!
rose and white chocolate panna cotta with cherry and cardamom coulis

Top Ten Last-Minute Valentine Dessert Ideas

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Where has this week gone?  All those plans of making a fabulous…
Chocolate windows in Paris for Saint Valentines

Valentine Chocolates in Paris

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Have a heart! A taste of many of the best chocolates in Paris for Saint Valentine's Day
Circus Bento Teatime Thierry Marx Camelia Paris

Circus Teatime in Paris - Homage to the New French Film "Chocolat"

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The fascinating circus history behind the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris and a bento teatime to celebrate the film, "Chocolat"
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.
macaron macaroon differenceJill 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
paraty Rio de Janiero

Weekends Outside Rio de Janeiro: Paraty and Buzios Brazil

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Planning a holiday to Brazil? Discover two amazing towns near Rio.
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
Macaron tea by Theodor Paris

I Love You Macaron Tea - Theodor Paris

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Imagine a tea that tastes of macarons and called 'I love you'? Discovering a new world of speciality teas near Trocadero, Paris.
Honey lemon sable cookies

Honey Lemon Sablé Biscuits

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A quick and easy cookie recipe that's perfect with a cup of tea for a soothing winter teatime.
how to make macaron hearts

How to Make Macaron Hearts - Think 'V' for Valentine

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How to make macaron hearts for your Valentine
silicone macaron matJill Colonna

Silicone Macaron Mat Review

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Do you really need a silicone macaron mat to make macarons? I've put it to the test for you before you buy.
christophe Roussel Macarons and chocolate Montmartre Paris

Christophe Roussel Macarons at Montmartre Paris

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Did you really think I'd tasted enough macarons in Paris after…
white chocolate mousse

White Chocolate Mousse with a Valentine’s Touch

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How often have you heard of perfectly competent cooks and bakers…
Scotch Pancakes with chestnut

Scotch Corsican Pancakes with Chestnut Flour

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A delicious Corsican twist to the classic drop scone or Scotch pancake with chestnut flour and orange.