Mad About French Food: Easy Home Cooking

More recipes in the index l How to make macarons & patisserie in my books…

Chestnut Vanilla Ice Cream OptJill Colonna

Chestnut Vanilla Ice Cream

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The French love their chestnuts and so what about a candied chestnut ice cream to chill for a festive dessert at any time of year? Serve with macarons for the perfect treat!
French Onion Tarte Tatin Cover OptJill Colonna

French Onion Tarte Tatin with Cheese

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A quick and easy savoury twist to the French classic with caramelised onions and an (optional) hidden layer of goat's cheese. No sugar added - the onions caramelise themselves! Now on video.
Quick French Apple TartJill Colonna

Quick French Apple Tart with Calvados Cream

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This dessert is almost cheating! Made in 20 minutes using 2 Granny Smiths, ready-made butter puff pastry, honey, almonds, butter and Calvados.
French Apple Crumble CakeJill Colonna

French Apple Crumble Cake

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No eggs? This is a genius, easy gingerbread apple & oat crumble 'gateau' from French film director & screenwriter, Danièle Thompson. Enjoy chilled for dessert, teatime, or give a French touch to Thanksgiving.
Sesame Tuiles Best RecipeJill Colonna

Crispy Sesame Tuiles

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Bring a taste of Paris to your kitchen. Got 2 egg whites to use up? Rustle up these easy, delicious tuiles in just 30 mins! Now on VIDEO. Perfect with a pot of tea, served with ice cream or chocolate mousse.
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

Pear Belle Helene - A Parisian Musical Story

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When dessert was inspired by Helen's 'beautiful pear' (pun intended). This classic Parisian dessert was created by France's legendary chef, Escoffier, inspired by a French soprano singing Offenbach in Paris
Gratin DauphinoisJill Colonna

Gratin Dauphinois - French Creamy Potato Bake

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One of the easiest French classic comfort foods, adding a truffle of luxury for special occasions - or a new smoky discovery I've made recently that takes this to another level.
almond lemon easter cake

Almond Lemon Easter Cake (Gluten Free)

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Celebrate spring with this moist cake infused with tart lemon syrup and decorated with macarons, edible flowers and French mendiants.
chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

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A recipe from a French chocolate factory, just west of Paris (Le Pecq in les Yvelines) - with added toasted hazelnuts, flaky salt and oh, so chocolatey!
moist banana chestnut loaf

Moist Banana Chestnut Loaf

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A rustic Corsican-inspired banana bread recipe using chestnut flour- ideal for teatime or breakfast.
Mojito snaps

Brandy Snaps - Mojito Style!

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Remember brandy or ginger snaps? Give these retro beauties a lime, mint and rum twist to make a special cocktail (strictly adult) dessert

Travel Ideas in France & Beyond

A Taste around Paris to whet the appetite

Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for an online stroll on my self-guided Montmartre walk - with less tourists. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines & chocolate - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
Saint-Germain almond cakeJill Colonna

Saint-Germain Almond Cake

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Created in the royal market town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye outside Paris in 1920. This delicious almond and rum glazed tart is so easy and a real crowd-pleaser.
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce - Recipe & Origins Near Paris

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Ooh the simple Béarn-ecessities of life! This sublime French sauce is so easy to whisk up - did you know it was invented where Louis XIV was born near Paris?
Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof VisitsJill Colonna

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chateau Roof Visit (Paris Day Trips)

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A taste of royal history from the birthplace of Louis XIV, Debussy and some culinary origins too. Only 30 mins from Paris. Plan ahead your rooftop visit May to end September.
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

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A virtual see and do - and eat! - in this romantic French town & what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours' drive from Paris
Bourdaloue Pear TartJill Colonna

Parisian Bourdaloue Pear Tart - a French 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.
Renoir Walk Chatou Carrieres Cave HousesJill Colonna

Renoir Tour: Chatou - Carrieres-sur-Seine

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Join me online for this Impressionist Renoir Walk starting at Chatou in les Yvelines (just 10km west of Paris), along by the Seine & discover the medieval town of Carrières-sur-Seine with its troglodytes cave houses.
Denise Acabo A l'Etoile d'Or Paris chocolateJill Colonna

Paris Chocolate Golden 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
Teatime Ritz Paris TableJill Colonna

Putting on The Ritz - Paris Teatime

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For the ultimate luxury Parisian afternoon, let's head to Proust's room for a French Afternoon Tea and experience his famous Madeleines by his favourite fireplace.
best bakeries in Lyon

Lyon's Best Pâtisseries, Chocolates & Macarons

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A selection of the finest bakeries for the sweet-toothed in France's gastronomic capital.
bouchons Lyon restaurants

Best Value Gourmet Lyon in 3 Days

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A taste of Lyon's bistros & traditional bouchons in France's gastronomic capital.