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

Sesame Tuiles Best RecipeJill Colonna

Crispy Sesame Tuiles

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The easiest, quickest French-style biscuits made with sesame seeds - delicious for teatime or served with ice cream
Roasted tomato mozzarella bitesJill Colonna

Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Bites

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Just a few minutes of roasting tomatoes concentrates the best tomato flavour to make these simple, delicious summer nibbles.
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!
air-conditioned Paris tea salonsJill Colonna

Air-Conditioned Paris Tea Salons

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Find a listing of the coolest Parisian tearooms during the summer heatwave.
Saint-Germain almond cakeJill Colonna

Saint-Germain Almond Cake

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Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye outside Paris in 1920, this simple almond and rum patisserie is so easy and addictive too!
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce - Recipe & Origins

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Discover the simple Béarn-ecessities of life! The real McCoy French sauce invented near Paris, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye is so easy to whip up.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof VisitsJill Colonna

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof Visit (Paris Day Trips)

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A taste of royal history from the birthplace of Louis XIV, Debussy and some culinary origins too. Only 30 mins from Paris with a rooftop visit until end September.
Rose Rhubarb Orange CakeJill Colonna

Rose Rhubarb Orange Cake

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Celebrate rhubarb and rose season with this light financier-style French cake for teatime, breakfast or brunch - and an easy bake to say Merci to Maman.
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
Chocolate Easter Bunny Birthday CakeJill Colonna

Chocolate Easter Bunny Birthday Cake

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Great for Easter, birthdays or baby showers: hidden dark, moist chocolate cake topped with the easiest reduced sugar white chocolate buttercream. So good, you'll want it at any time of year!
Chocolate Hazelnut Pear CrumbleJill Colonna

Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Crumble

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Comfort food dessert at its best - with a healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate that melts into the vanilla fruit, topped with oats.
Poire Belle HeleneJill Colonna

Poire Belle Helene - A Musical Story

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When music and dessert are pair-fect partners: this classic Parisian dessert was created by a famous French chef, inspired by a French soprano's voice singing Offenbach in Paris
sticky toffee apple puddingJill Colonna

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

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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...
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 family favourite that's lighter than it looks. Light a candle, dim the lights and be transported to Morocco in 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.

September Menu Blog Specials

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof VisitsJill Colonna

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof Visit (Paris Day Trips)

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A taste of royal history from the birthplace of Louis XIV, Debussy and some culinary origins too. Only 30 mins from Paris with a rooftop visit until end September.
sticky toffee apple puddingJill Colonna

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

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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...
chicken prune tagineJill Colonna

Chicken Prune Tagine - Spicy Comfort Food

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A gently spiced family favourite that's lighter than it looks. Light a candle, dim the lights and be transported to Morocco in Paris!
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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Enjoy this easy French classic, a winter warming side-dish guaranteed to please and add a wee touch of extra luxury...
chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

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Inspired by a French chocolate factory recipe, just west of Paris (Le Pecq in les Yvelines) - with added toasted hazelnuts and flaky salt
red onion pepper savoury cornbread recipe

Cheesy Red Onion Pepper Cornbread

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If you like Cheese Scones, then you'll love this savoury version of Cornbread, a handy quick bread recipe - without the sugar!
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!
best pastries rue Saint-Dominique

Best Pastries Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris

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My self-guided tour to the best pastry & chocolate shops plus tearooms all in 3 blocks near the Eiffel Tower.
Apple Rose Tarte Tatin

Apple Rose Tarte Tatin

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Surprise your loved ones for dessert. An easy-to-make in advance recipe inspired by both Michelin-starred chef, Alain Passard and pastry chef, Christophe Felder.
fig almond puddingJill Colonna

Fig & Almond Pudding

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A simple, elegant figgy pudding with the added French touch of mini raspberry macarons
Palets Bretons - buttery biscuits from Brittany

Palets Bretons Recipe - French Butter Biscuits or Cookies

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Put just a few good quality basic ingredients together – salted butter, sugar, egg yolks, flour and baking powder – and what do you get? Irresistible French butter biscuits...
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

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.
Jill Colonna

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 the late summer harvest
banana coffee chestnut breadJill Colonna

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.
maple granola recipe

Maple Granola - Homemade Breakfast Cereal

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A healthy homemade oat breakfast cereal with no sugar - just maple syrup, nuts and dried fruits
Beetroot horseradish risottoJill Colonna

Beetroot Horseradish Risotto - with Macarons

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Surprise your guests with a beet and horseradish macaron served with a matching risotto. It's a hit!
Best sweet shop in Paris

Bonbons! The Best French Sweet Shop in Paris

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Georges takes us through a tour of France's regional confectionary specialities. C'est BON BON BON!

Macarons at the Club House with Speciality Teas

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A fun Tee-time post from the archives to celebrate the Ryder Cup in Paris 2018!
mini mushroom macaron

French Mushroom Truffle Macarons

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Make the most of the Autumnal mushroom season with these savoury macarons!