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

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!
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.
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 - topped with the most fondant macarons.
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
Black sesame ice creamJill Colonna

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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We're hanging on to a Japanese summer in Paris with hot temperatures this week so out with this special ice cream. Yuzu'll love it with macarons!
Teatime in JapanJill Colonna

Teatime in Japan

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Join our discovery of traditional sweet treats (wagashi), ice creams and a traditional tea ceremony learning some Japanese culture along the way
Blueberry Lemon ClafoutisJill Colonna

Blueberry Lemon Clafoutis

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I'm also mad about clafoutis - and when you try the recipe, you'll see why: it's so versatile! Serve warm or chilled for dessert, teatime or breakfast!
Berry Gratin RecipeJill Colonna

French Berry Gratin with Elderflower

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A quick yet elegant French dessert with fresh berries, topped with an elderflower cream and toasted under the grill for a couple of minutes. Perfect for a summer heatwave!
Carol Gillott Champagne Patisserie Salon ParisJill Colonna

Champagne and Patisserie Salon - Paris 2018

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The most arty, bubbly and deliciously sweet Parisian event with watercolour artist, Carol Gillott
Melting MomentsJill Colonna

Melting Moments - Children's Party Oat Biscuits

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Melt-in-the-mouth buttery oatmeal biscuits, rolled in oats and topped with bits of glacé cherry - great for children's parties and sharing with the adults.
Jill Colonna

Perfect Porridge Hamlyns Giveaway

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How do you like YOUR porridge? Tell us before midnight 16 July 2018 and you could win one of three prizes from Hamlyns of Scotland.

What’s on the December Menu?

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

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A trifle British for a Wimbledon party or dress it up as the French flag for Fête Nationale on 14th July! Uses Parisian macarons for a berry boozy celebration dessert.
almond lemon easter cake

Almond Lemon Easter Cake

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Not just for Easter - decorate to make a festive Christmas ring! Moist cake infused with tart lemon syrup and decorated with macarons, edible flowers and French mendiants.
Jill 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.
snowballs

Snowballs - No Bake, Coconut, Raisin & Chocolate Bites

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Granny's special winter treats: gluten free, vegan and perfect for festive parties or teatime.
Mulled Wine Prunes

Mulled Wine Prunes

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A festive version of the French classic dessert, Pruneaux au Vin, with orange and added spices - and perfect with macarons!
Christmas Oat Granola

Christmas Oat Granola - A Healthy Festive Breakfast

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Go nuts! Make your mornings 'oat-ra' special with festive warming spices, orange & maple - and no added sugar!
relais desserts yulelogs Paris 2017

Relais Desserts Yule Log Presentation, Paris 2017

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20 top pastry chefs from this elite group show us their French Christmas cake creations (Bûches de Noël).
raspberry clafoutis

Raspberry Clafoutis with Lemon Verbena

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A delicious twist to the classic French clafoutis recipe using raspberries and a lemony twist of verbena - and it's gluten free!
salted toffee cherry tomatoes

Salted Toffee Cherry Tomatoes

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Bring some sunshine to the winter table and start your party with this salty sweet fun apéritif!
Mojito snaps

Brandy Snaps - Mojito Style!

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Retro brandy snaps given a lime, mint and rum twist to make a celebratory cocktail adult dessert
Digital kitchen scales for making macarons

Macaron Digital Kitchen Scales - Weight vs Volume

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Why it's essential to use digital kitchen scales for consistently successful baking results plus my macaron scale review by Terraillon measuring experts
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!
no-suet mincemeat pinwheels

Mincemeat Pinwheels

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A quick and handy vegetarian recipe that's perfect to make in advance for your festive end-of-year parties
mincemeat macarons

Quick No-Suet Mincemeat - A Perfect Macaron Filling

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A quick and deliciously easy mincemeat recipe, ideal for Vegetarians since it's without suet - and great for filling macarons!
patisserie grandin

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 in this royal 'Mini Paris'
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!
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
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 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 the other coconut treats

How to Make a Giant Paris-Brest Pastry Ring for Christmas

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Adapting one of the recipes in Teatime in Paris for a Christmas make-over
stuffed cabbage recipe

Stuffed Cabbage (Chou Farci): A Cheat's French Classic Winter Recipe

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A French Classic recipe of stuffed savoy cabbage made easy by using turkey stuffing leftovers.
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.
blanquette de veau

The French's Favourite Casserole: Blanquette de Veau

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Enjoy this French Winter classic casserole, which is surprisingly light too!
Scottish Macaroon Bar snowballs

Scottish Macaroon Bar Snowballs

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We can't reduce the sugar in these traditional Scottish treats but we can reduce their size into snowballs!

Savoury Macarons: Festive Starter Ideas

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You heard it right: savoury macarons for that special occasion menu to delight your guests and create a real talking point! Smiles and thumbs up guaranteed.

Chestnut Vanilla Ice Cream

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The French love their chestnuts and so what about a sweetened chestnut ice cream to chill over the festive season?
pumpkin leek soup

Leek, Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with Curry Macarons

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A perfectly simple yet healthy winter warming soup with a few benefits of leeks.