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

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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This classic French sauce is easier to whip up than you think! Invented near Paris, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye with an extra herb...
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.
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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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A cheeky spicy kick to the French classic custard sauce with Chai tea. Perfect with Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake.

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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.
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.
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!
chai tea creme anglaiseJill Colonna

Chai Tea Creme Anglaise - Light French Custard

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A cheeky spicy kick to the French classic custard sauce with Chai tea. Perfect with Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake.
Berry Gratin RecipeJill Colonna

French Berry Gratin with Elderflower

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A quick yet elegant French berry dessert, topped with an elderflower cream and quickly toasted under the grill. Perfect for a summer heatwave!
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.
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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Celebrate eating outside for summer weather - start your party with this salty sweet fun apéritif!
renoir cafe montmartre museum

Café Renoir, Montmartre Museum Gardens

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Escape the tourist crowds around Sacré Coeur and enjoy a snack in this hidden haven, with a view of Renoir's legendary swing and the oldest house in Montmartre.
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.
Rhubarb crumbles

Mini Rhubarb Crumbles

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Make-in-advance easy peasy: rhubarb rose compote, crunchy oat crumble topped with the lightest white chocolate mousse. Just top with a macaron!
rhubarb rose hibiscus jam

Rhubarb, Hibiscus & Rose Jam

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How to make rhubarb jam beautifully pink without strawberries but with tea and rose.
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!
strawberry almond rhubarb tart

Strawberry, Almond & Rhubarb Tart

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Try this nifty trick of turning an almond tart upside-down and decorate it as if it's straight from a Parisian patisserie!
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!
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
French Cherry Clafoutis Recipe

French Clafoutis - Baked Cherry Custard Dessert

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The French classic dessert with cherries - stones or no stones? Find out what the French prefer...
Pastéis de nataJill Colonna

Pastéis de Nata Portuguese Custard Tarts

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Inspired by the Portuguese custard tarts from Comme à Lisbonne in Paris and a bit of history as to why they were made using egg yolks.