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

What’s on April’s Menu?

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.
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 - with no cream!
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!
Asparagus ClafoutisJill Colonna

Asparagus Clafoutis with Parmesan Sauce

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An elegant yet simple summery starter or supper. Serve with crusty French baguette to mop up the silky cheese sauce or serve with lemon
pure vegetable soup

Pure Vegetable Soup

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Pure and simple genius: no stock, just butter, the freshest of veg and herbs make this a chunky healthy bowl of only 55 calories
almond lemon easter cake

Almond Lemon Easter Cake

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Celebrate spring with this moist cake infused with tart lemon syrup and decorated with macarons, edible flowers and French mendiants.
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.
Corsican Brocciu Lasagne

Corsican Brocciu Lasagne

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An easy version of the classic dish of Cannelloni au Brocciu, with a secret ingredient that makes all the difference.
pistachio ice cream Il Gelato dei Marchese Paris Lebey

Annual Lebey Awards Paris: New Gastronomic Sensations

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Culinary discoveries at the annual Lebey Oscars of French gastronomy in Paris.
passion fruit mango creams

Passion Fruit Mango Creams

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A healthy, easy no-bake fruity dessert that's perfect with Easter chocolate and macarons!
chocolate ginger passion cake

Chocolate Ginger Passion Cake

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Try this special moist, intense but light chocolate cake with ginger, passion fruit and top with macarons!
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

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How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
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
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!
rhubarb rose sorbet

Rhubarb Rose Sorbet

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A perfect light dessert for Mother's Day - serve with macarons or tuiles and a bunch of roses for Mum!
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...
maple granola recipe

Maple Granola - Homemade Breakfast Cereal

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A healthy homemade oat breakfast cereal with no sugar - just maple syrup, nuts and dried fruits
Best sweet shop in Paris

Bonbons! The Best French Sweet Shop in Paris

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Georges takes us through a tour of France's regional confectionary specialities!
chocolate mendiants for Easter

Begging for Chocolate Macarons and Mendiants for Easter

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Meaning "Beggar" in French and representing four mendicant monastic orders from the Middle Ages, these popular chocolates are great to make for Easter!

If you go down to the woods today

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School holidays are wonderful.  The kids love them.  Who wouldn't?…