Easy French Recipes with a Taste of Paris

What’s cooking this October? Find many more easy bakes in the index & in my books!

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.
Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for an autumnal online stroll on my self-guided Montmartre walk - with less tourists. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines - 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?
Poire Belle HeleneJill Colonna

Pear Belle Helene - A Parisian Musical Story

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When music and dessert are pear-fect partners: this classic Parisian dessert was created by a famous French chef, inspired by a French soprano's voice singing Offenbach in Paris
chicken prune tagineJill Colonna

Chicken Prune Tagine - Spicy Comfort Food

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A gently spiced family favourite that's lighter than it looks. Light a candle, dim the lights and be transported to Morocco in Paris!
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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Our comforting way of playing squash in Autumn and Winter! Delicious veggies with toasted walnuts for the crunch that cling to a layer of melted cheese.
Jill Colonna

Chocolate Ginger Fondant Cake

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A spicy ginger twist to the French classic fudgy fondant. It's quick, easy and tastes even better next day. Based on a flourless chocolate cake from the Aquitaine region.
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.
Breakfast oat cookiesJill Colonna

Breakfast Oat Cookies with Hazelnut & Cranberry

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A deliciously healthy start to the day with reduced sugar, plus a perfect quick teatime 'goûter' to tide you over until dinner without the guilt
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

Popular Recipes – 9 Now on Video!

More coming later (I’ve injured my hand). In the meantime listen to these flute backings by yours truly

dark chocolate mousseJill Colonna

Lightest French Chocolate Mousse - without cream

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Our favourite fluffy and intensely bittersweet mousse for serious chocolate lovers - with NO CREAM! Now also on video with a touch of French jazz flute...
Corsican Mint OmeletteJill Colonna

Mint Omelette - Corsican Style

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Got mint & eggs? Enjoy this refreshing, authentic omelette from my husband's 'Island of Beauty' - and tips on what makes a Corsican omelette different to a French one. Now also on video.
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 it's healthy too. Serve with macarons or crispy sesame tuiles.
Jill Colonna

Rhubarb Hibiscus Compote - How to Make Green Rhubarb Pink with Tea!

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Rhubarb too green? Naturally infuse it pink with an hibiscus teabag! The humble compote is low in sugar, vegan and freezes well too. No rhubarb? Try this recipe with summer fruits - it's a treat. Now on video!
French Asparagus ClafoutisJill Colonna

Asparagus Clafoutis with Parmesan Sauce

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An elegant yet simple summery starter or lunch. Serve with a crusty French baguette to mop up that gorgeous cheese sauce! NOW on VIDEO.
Strawberry Pistachio ClafoutisJill Colonna

Strawberry Pistachio Clafoutis - Most Versatile Summer French Dessert

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Now on video! Enjoy summer's fruity season with this twist to the French classic cherry baked custard. With pistachios or almonds for a gluten free breakfast, dessert or teatime treat.
Palets Bretons French Butter BiscuitsJill Colonna

Palets Bretons: French Salted Butter Biscuits

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Now updated with accompanying step-by-step VIDEO to show how easy these treats are: irresistible salty-sweet biscuits from Brittany. We love them plain - but let's also dress them up for a garden tea party.
Fluffy Cheese SconesJill Colonna

Fluffy Cheese Scones

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How to make the lightest, high-rise cheesy scones in 40 minutes using only one egg. Suddenly teatime at home is very civilised. Now on VIDEO!
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.