Mad About Macarons, Easy French Recipes & Teatime in Paris

Dubarry French Cauliflower Cream SoupJill Colonna

Dubarry Cauliflower Cream Soup

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The crème de la crème of French soups - with a deliciously hot royal romance behind it, which simmered away between Versailles and Paris in the 18th century.
Reine de Saba Chocolate Almond CakeJill Colonna

Reine de Saba Chocolate Almond Cake

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Can you 'Handel' another French cake? Welcome the arrival of the Queen of Sheba! It's gluten-free which could also be music to your ears...
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French Apple Nougat Tart

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Sweet almond pastry with chunks of seared apples tossed in vanilla and topped with crunchy almonds - it's a nutcracker of a dessert!
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. A veritable French fall recipe...
French Apple Crumble CakeJill Colonna

French Apple Crumble Cake

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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 a delicious Autumnal stroll in Montmartre's more hidden side. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
sugar free oat muffinsJill Colonna

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins (no added sugar)

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A naturally sweet breakfast boost using dried fruits, brazil nuts for Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.
Sesame Tuiles Best RecipeJill Colonna

Crispy Sesame Tuiles

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The easiest, quickest French-style biscuits made with sesame seeds - perfect for teatime or served with black sesame ice cream for dessert
Roasted tomato mozzarella bitesJill Colonna

Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Bites

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Just a few minutes of roasting tomatoes concentrates the best tomato flavour to make these simple, delicious summer nibbles.

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Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

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Join me for a delicious Autumnal stroll in Montmartre's more hidden side. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
Saint-Germain almond cakeJill Colonna

Saint-Germain Almond Cake

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Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye outside Paris in 1920, this simple almond and rum patisserie is so easy and addictive too!
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

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What to see and do in this romantic French town and what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours drive from Paris
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
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.
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!
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 for St Andrew's or Burn's Night - with my smoked twist to the classic beurre blanc sauce using a simple Lapsang Souchong teabag. It's so easy, don't tell anybody...
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.
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.
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
Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta SauceJill Colonna

Goat Cheese & Walnut Pasta Sauce

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My saucy, creamy pasta version of the French classic, Salade de Chèvre Chaud to bring the warm sunshine to the table at any time of year
Matrimonial cakeJill Colonna

Matrimonial Cake - Oaty Shortbread Date Squares

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On a date? Try this oaty Matrimonial Cake, like my Scottish Granny used to make and make the other half melt!
Teatime Ritz Paris TableJill Colonna

Putting on The Ritz - Paris Teatime

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

Lyon's Best Patisseries, Chocolates & Macarons

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A selection of the finest bakeries for the sweet-toothed in France's gastronomic capital.
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.
cheese spring onion rosemary scones

Cheese Scones with Spring Onion & Rosemary

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How to make the fluffiest cheese scones for teatime!
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!
smoked garlic arugula rocket soup

Smoked Garlic Arugula (Rocket) Soup

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A delicious detox & warming soup with a very special ingredient! Only 60 Calories a bowl.

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'
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...