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

Macaron Day Paris 2018

Macaron Day Paris 2018 - Plan your Visit!

What macarons are new for THE top macaron annual event in Paris? And all for a good cause, run by the chefs of Relais Desserts.
chocolate hazelnut chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Just another cookie? Well I've kept them secret for so long - originally from our local chocolate factory and with toasted hazelnuts and salt.
cheesy red onion pepper cornbread

Cheesy Red Onion Pepper Cornbread

If you like Cheese Scones, then you'll love this Cheesy Red Onion Pepper Cornbread, a handy savoury quick bread recipe that's topped with vegetables.
Matrimonial Cake or Date Squares

Matrimonial Cake - Oaty Shortbread Date Squares

Matrimonial Cake that Granny used to make. Whether it's Canadian or Scottish, the result is just as delicious: dates sandwiched in an oat shortbread crumble crust.
Sweet Kisses Patisserie Paris Baisers Sucrés Valentines Chocolate

Sweet Kisses Patisserie Paris - Valentine's Creation

Exclusive! See how this unique hibiscus, Earl Grey tea and pink Champagne chocolate flower by Baisers Sucrés was created in the heart of Paris's 10th and it continues after St Valentine's!
Breakfast Bran Muffins

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

Irresistibly moist muffins with oats, dates and apple for a great healthy start to the day - inspired from Granny's Black Book of Scottish recipes.
curried cauliflower soup with seared scallops

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops - and a Flooded Seine

Sunken scallops in a French-style curried soup to celebrate Montmartre's scallop festival & the annual Burgundy wine festival.
warm creamy kipper pots

Warm Creamy Kipper Pots

A delicious Scottish starter that's great with all smoked fish. Serve with a crunchy French baguette or oatcakes
Purple Carrot Cake with reduced sugar and orange zest

Purple Carrot Cake

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
chocolate whisky macarons

Another Year and Even More Mad About Macarons!

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy New Year with macarons and a festive spirit from Scotland to France!

Snowballs - No Bake, Coconut, Raisin & Chocolate Bites

Granny's special winter treats: gluten free, vegan and perfect for festive parties or teatime.
Mulled Wine Prunes

Mulled Wine Prunes

A festive version of the French classic dessert, Pruneaux au Vin, with orange and added spices - and perfect with macarons!
Christmas Oat Granola

Christmas Oat Granola - A Healthy Festive Breakfast

Go nuts! Make your mornings 'oat-ra' special with festive warming spices, orange & maple - and no added sugar!
Teatime Ritz Paris Table

Putting on The Ritz Paris Teatime

For the ultimate luxury Parisian afternoon, Afternoon Tea at the Ritz is distinctly French. Discover Proust's favourite Madeleines in his salon by the fireplace.
Baked Roquefort Green Salad

Baked Roquefort Green Salad

Why not cook up a healthy salad with some festive colours? Great for parties.
Essential Baking Equipment - Terraillon Review

Essential Baking Utensils: Terraillon Review & Giveaway

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

Try this upside-down quicker version of the pumpkin and chestnut flour tart!
Jack Be Little Mini Stuffed Pumpkins

Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

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

March into Spring Recipes & Articles

moist banana chestnut loaf

Moist Banana Chestnut Loaf

When banana loaf could be a French cake. Ramblings on chestnut flour and cakes - and a recipe!
best pastries rue Saint-Dominique

Best Pastries Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris

My guide to the best pastry & chocolate shops plus tearooms all in 3 blocks near the Eiffel Tower!
passion fruit mango creams

Passion Fruit Mango Creams

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

Chocolate Ginger Passion Cake

Say 'I love you' with this moist, intense but light chocolate cake with ginger, passion fruit and top with macarons!
mojito snaps

Brandy Snaps - Mojito Style!

Retro brandy snaps given a lime, mint and rum twist to make a celebratory cocktail adult dessert
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
Macaron Tiramisu

Macaron Tiramisu (gluten free)

Tiramisu macaron shells are given a creative twist to make a gluten free version of the Italian classic dessert
Chocolate pastry tour Saint Germain en Laye

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chocolate Pastry Tour

Just 20 mins outside Paris, create your own sweet gourmet DIY walk with my favourite local haunts
gluten-free chocolate pistachio brownies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

Lush, fudgy gluten-free brownies inspired by the Chambelland bakery in Paris.

Rhubarb Rose Sorbet

A perfect light dessert for Mother's Day - serve with macarons and a bunch of roses for Mum!

Pink Rhubarb & Ginger Compote

Add a touch of fruity hibiscus tea to green Parisian rhubarb to give that pretty pink healthy blush.
Kalimero easter egg Georges Larnicol chocolate Paris

Easter Chocolate Displays in Paris

Every year, my favourite chocolate boutiques never cease to impress. Come for a walk around their gorgeous treats...
French leek pie

Flamiche Recipe - French Leek Pie

A typical French winter classic: leek pie from Picardy which uses 4 egg yolks! For National Pie Day.
macaron macaroon difference

Macarons vs Macaroons

The difference between macarons and macaroons: a guide to the French ambassador of pastry and the other coconut treats

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro in 3 Days

A taste of Rio in 3 days with favourite restaurants and teatime treats

Maple Granola - Homemade Breakfast Cereal

A healthy homemade oat breakfast cereal with no sugar - just maple syrup, nuts and dried fruits
how to conserve vanilla beans

Confiture de Lait Recipe and How to Store Vanilla Beans

Discovering natural artisanal vanilla beans or pods at the Provencal market of Apt and using them to make confiture de lait (milk jam).

A Lazy Gourmet Visit to Yvoire - one of France's Prettiest Villages

Summer this year was all pretty much last-minute.  On return…

France's Smallest River, Watercress Beds and Soup

A recipe for watercress soup and a visit to the watercress beds during harvesting in Normandy.

Patrick Roger's Chocolate Cake for Easter

A dense layered chocolate cake from the MOF himself. Let's crown it with macarons!

A Fruity Weekend at the King's Vegetable Garden in Versailles

I lost the plot this weekend. Blame it on the persisting…
chocolate and passion fruit creme brûlée dessert recipe

Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée: Walking on Mars?

A delicious milk chocolate and passionfruit version of the French dessert classic, Crème Brûlée
lime or linden blossom at azay le rideau loire castle

Mad About Lime Blossom Macarons in the Loire

Mon Dieu! I was so carried away with the MacTweets Fruity Challenge…

If you go down to the woods today

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