Mad About Macarons! A French – Scottish Food Blog 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.
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.
Blueberry lemon bavarois dessertJill Colonna

Blueberry Lemon Bavarois With Roasted Coriander

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Bonjour summer! Stay chilled with this easy no-bake fruity French dessert. Roasted coriander seeds add that 'je ne sais quoi'!
Asparagus ClafoutisJill Colonna

Asparagus Clafoutis with Parmesan Sauce

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An elegant yet simple summery starter or supper. Serve with crusty French baguettes to mop up the silky sauce!
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.

What’s on the November Menu?

Purple Carrot Cake with reduced sugar and orange zest

Purple Carrot Cake

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Purple Carrot Cake: an even healthier version of the classic, just as moist, huge on flavour but reduced in sugar, less oil and full of health benefits to help fight the winter blues
Teatime Ritz Paris TableJill Colonna

Putting on The Ritz - Paris Teatime

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For the ultimate luxury Parisian afternoon, head to the Proust room for a French Afternoon Tea and experience the author's famous Madeleines by his favourite fireplace.
Essential Baking Equipment - Terraillon Review

Essential Baking Utensils: Terraillon Review

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Clever sets of compact, quality tools for the successful home baker and a UK Giveaway until 4 December!
Pumpkin Leek Crumble

Pumpkin Leek Crumble - for Festive Turkey Leftovers

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The photos are far from sexy but this dish is incredible! Try it with your turkey leftovers or just on its own as a variation of the pumpkin and chestnut flour tart!
Jack Be Little Mini Stuffed Pumpkins

Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

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The best, healthy & edible decorations for your Autumn table - deliciously easy, ready in 30 minutes and perfect for advance party prep.
potato gratin savoyard

Potato Gratin Savoyard

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A simple family recipe for potato gratin, a lighter version of a Gratin Dauphinois with no cream and just as delicious. Try it and see!
Orange Caramel Cake

Orange Caramel Cake

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Sticky orange caramel cake using 2 oranges - great served warm for breakfast and teatime, if there's any left!
Gingerbread apple caramel trifles

Gingerbread Apple Caramel Trifles

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A must try! Autumnal trifles with a hint of spice - delicious with salted caramel macarons from Teatime in Paris.
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!
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.
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'
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!
Drambuie Ice Cream

Drambuie Ice Cream (No-Churn)

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This Scottish whisky liqueur, honey and herb ice cream will liven up any dinner party when it’s served with dessert! Strictly for adults only…
French leek pie

Flamiche Recipe - French Leek Pie

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A typical French winter classic: leek pie from Picardy which uses 4 egg yolks! For National Pie Day.
Cullen Skink Scottish Smoked Haddock Soup

Cullen Skink Smoked Haddock Soup

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A must to add to your Scottish menu for St Andrew's Night - works a treat when entertaining the French or for a cosy gathering to chase away the chill of Autumn! Why "Cullen Skink"?
macaron macaroon difference

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
macaroon jam tarts

Macaroon Jam Tarts

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Not to be confused with coconut and egg white macaroons - or macarons - but these retro tarts are a taste of Scotland!

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.
pumpkin financiers

Pumpkin, Sage and Parmesan Financiers

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When French financiers and pumpkin go savoury. Ideal for your pre-dinner party drinks this Autumn.
Caramel jasmine macarons

Caramel Jasmine Macarons and Tea-Infused Recipes

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Apparently 9 November is International Tea Day.  Let's celebrate…
chocolate pear cake

Upside-Down Dark Chocolate Pear Cake

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Take a chocolate fondant cake, add caramelised pear and prepare to be turned upside down.
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.
chocolate coconut snowballs

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (gluten-free)

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Who would know they're gluten free? Deliciously high in chocolate and low in sugar.
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!
lemon sauce for chicken

Lemon Sauce for Roast Chicken and Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

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The most tangy lemon sauce to accompany your festive chicken or turkey for that delicious French touch
Plombieres ice cream with candied fruitsJill Colonna

Plombières Ice Cream: No-Churn Candied Fruit Dessert

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I'd promised the children a taste of the best ice creams in Paris…

Silicone Macaron Mat Review

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Do you really need a mat to make macarons? I've put it to the test for you before you buy.
chocolate and passion fruit creme brûlée dessert recipe

Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée: Walking on Mars?

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A delicious milk chocolate and passionfruit version of the French dessert classic, Crème Brûlée
poached coffee vanilla pears

Poached Coffee Vanilla Pears - with Mocha Macarons

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A deliciously light, simple yet stunning dessert - inspired by Anne-Sophie Pic