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

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 history of this prominent royal town before the French Court moved to Versailles, the birthplace of Louis XIV, Debussy and some culinary births too - just 30 minutes from Paris.
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 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.
Jill Colonna

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!

July Parisian Specials

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.
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.
Corsican French Mint OmeletteJill Colonna

Mint Omelette - Corsican Style

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A particularly refreshing omelette from the Island of Beauty - and tips on what makes a Corsican omelette different.
Strawberry Pistachio ClafoutisJill Colonna

Strawberry Pistachio Clafoutis

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Fancy a fresh strawberry twist to the classic French cherry baked custard dessert? With pistachios to soak up the fragrant juices.
Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

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A strictly adult, berry boozy Royal celebration dessert. A trifle British but uses Parisian macarons, making it gluten free.
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!
salted toffee cherry tomatoes

Salted Toffee Cherry Tomatoes

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Celebrate eating outside for summer weather - start your party with this salty sweet fun apéritif!
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
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!
gluten free cheese rosemary waffles

Gluten Free Cheese Waffles

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Have a healthy start to the day with these breakfast waffles inspired by Brazilian cheese puffs!
Roasted Nectarines Verbena ice cream

Roasted Nectarines & Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

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A perfectly light dessert that celebrates summer in France.
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
Cherry Chocolate Ganache for macarons

Chocolate Cherry Ganache - Macaron Filling

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Rain in the Kirsch with these dark chocolate and cherry macarons!
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 summer
Pistachio wasabi ice cream

The Heat is on: Pistachio Vanilla Wasabi Ice Cream

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Don't be put off by the wasabi. Taste it then judge for yourself! This is addictive...