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

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.
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!

What’s on the March Menu?

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.
Black sesame ice creamJill Colonna

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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A taste of a delicious Japanese summer in Paris with this special ice cream. If you love peanut butter, you'll adore this - and much healthier too. Serve with macarons for that extra touch.
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
Melting MomentsJill Colonna

Melting Moments - Children's Party Oat Biscuits

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Melt-in-the-mouth buttery oatmeal biscuits, rolled in oats and topped with bits of glacé cherry - great for children's parties and sharing with the adults.
almond lemon easter cake

Almond Lemon Easter Cake

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Not just for Easter - decorate to make a festive Christmas ring! Moist cake infused with tart lemon syrup and decorated with macarons, edible flowers and French mendiants.
Macaron Day Paris 2018

Macaron Day Paris 2018 - Plan your Visit!

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Same date, same Parisian boutiques for 2019, run by the chefs of Relais Desserts - this time in aid of Zazakely Sambatra to help encourage learning and skills to the youth of Madagascar.
chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

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Inspired by a French chocolate factory recipe, just west of Paris (Le Pecq in les Yvelines) - with added toasted hazelnuts and flaky salt
red onion pepper savoury cornbread recipe

Cheesy Red Onion Pepper Cornbread

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If you like Cheese Scones, then you'll love this savoury version of Cornbread, a handy quick bread recipe - without the sugar!
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!
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!
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
Orange Caramel Cake

Orange Caramel Cake

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Sticky orange caramel cake - great served warm for breakfast and teatime, if there's any left!
patisserie grandin

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chocolate Pastry Tour

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Just 20 mins outside Paris, create your own sweet gourmet DIY walk with my favourite local haunts in this royal 'Mini Paris'
chocolate pistachio brownies gluten free

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

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Lush, fudgy brownies inspired by the Chambelland gluten free bakery in Paris.
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!
pink rhubarb ginger hibiscus compoteJill Colonna

Pink Rhubarb & Ginger Compote

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Add hibiscus tea to green Parisian rhubarb to turn it pretty pink.
Rue Saint-Honore ParisJill Colonna

Easter Chocolate Displays in Paris

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Every year, my favourite chocolate boutiques never cease to impress. Come for a walk around their gorgeous treats...
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
Caramel jasmine macarons

Caramel Jasmine Macaron Filling

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Infusing some jasmine into the caramel macarons in my 2nd book, Teatime in Paris.
Individual carrot cakesJill Colonna

Individual Carrot Cakes

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Light and airy individual carrot cakes with reduced sugar, tons of carrots & spices. Ideal for parties, picnics and school bake sales.
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
Yvoire FranceJill Colonna

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

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Discovering Yvoire on Lake Léman, just next door to Switzerland

France's Smallest River, Watercress Beds and Soup

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

Lemon Cream Meringue Nests (Gluten Free)

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It was time to return to France before I put on weight. We certainly…
chocolate passion fruit creme bruleeJill Colonna

Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée: Walking on Mars?

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A delicious milk chocolate and passionfruit version of the French dessert classic, Crème Brûlée