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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A few minutes of roasting tomatoes concentrates the best tomato flavour to make these pure and simple, delicious summer nibbles with drinks - no need for any fancy ingredients.
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.

Summer Parisian Specials

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!
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.
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 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!
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

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How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
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
plum jam digital scales

Spiced Plum Jam & Digital Jam Scale Review

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How to make consistently perfect jam with a clever new digital jam-making scale by Terraillon France
Corsican Fig Jam

Corsican Fig Jam

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The perfect partner to put out a Corsican cheese fire.
Roasted Nectarines Verbena ice cream

Roasted Nectarines & Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

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A perfectly light dessert that celebrates summer in France.
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
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