List of recipes from category Desserts: 268 recipes

Cakes

[Chestnut cake]
Chestnut cake
This delightful cake is doubly chestnutty: it contains chestnut flour, and pieces of glacé chestnuts are incorporated in the dough.
72,3985/5 for 1 ratings 53 min.
[Fruit crumble]
Fruit crumble
A fruit pudding: very easy to do and delicious: just a layer of fruit with a golden crunchy topping.
71,2444.0/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 11 min.
[Epiphany galette]
Epiphany galette
Quick recipe for this classic French cake with a "lucky charm" baked into it, usually served on twelfth-night (Epiphany). If you don't like almond cream, you can also try this version with caramelized apples.
75,022 24.5/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 2 min.
[Caramelised apple pie]
Caramelised apple pie
Apple pie made with caramelised apples.
66,2254.3/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 55 min.
[Toasted almond cake]
Toasted almond cake
A layer cake, with toasted almonds in the chocolate part.
65,5624.3/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 2 min.
[Nanou's chocolate cake]
Nanou's chocolate cake
A moist melting cake, very very chocolaty...
77,6854.6/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 45 min.
[Gingerbread]
Gingerbread
Maybe this recipe will bring back memories.
63,0554.2/5 for 10 ratings 1 hour 4 min.
[Kugelhof for Nanou]
Kugelhof for Nanou
This recipe is emblematic of Alsatian baking, but a more personal version (and a bit richer).
75,0964.3/5 for 15 ratings 3 hours 15 min.
[Household cake (Gâteau de ménage)]
Household cake (Gâteau de ménage)
A traditional recipe from Franche-comté, it's a flat round kind of brioche, covered with an egg cream called "Goumeau".
80,887 25/5 for 13 ratings 3 hours 59 min.
[Caramel rice pudding]
Caramel rice pudding
We start with a classic rice pudding and add beaten eggs, this is poured onto hot caramel in the bottom of a dish, and then cooked in a bain-marie in the oven until firm like a cake.
67,4255/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 37 min.
[Strawberry and rhubarb crumble]
Strawberry and rhubarb crumble
A three-layer crumble: a layer of stewed rhubarb, then strawberries and a crumble topping. You'll see that the flavour of rhubarb goes very well with strawberries.
40,7355/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 40 min.
[Prune Far]
Prune Far
Far is a traditional recipe from Brittany in northwest France. The name comes from the Breton word 'farz' meaning flour. This is the traditional way, with prunes, but you can adapt it according to taste.
64,321 15/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 10 min.
[Elsa's Comtoise galette]
Elsa's Comtoise galette
This galette is a classic Comtois dessert that resembles choux pastry (pâte à choux).
20,6104/5 for 20 ratings 46 min.
[Kouign-amann]
Kouign-amann
Kouign-amann is a traditional cake from Brittany. the name means butter cake in Breton (Kouign = cake, amann = butter). It is a sort of caramelized millefeuille, crunchy on the outside and melting in the middle.
30,4234.3/5 for 20 ratings 6 hours 38 min.
[Cochelin d'Evreux]
Cochelin d'Evreux
This cochelin, from the town of Evreux in Normandy, is a sort of giant apple turnover, flavoured with vanilla. It is served in slices, like a cake.
9,0425/5 for 20 ratings 2 hours 2 min.
[Plain cake]
Plain cake
This is a classic, loaf-shaped cake, deliberately left plain for you to embellish as you choose.
10,3304/5 for 10 ratings 1 hour 26 min.
[Oaty walnut cake ]
Oaty walnut cake
This is a moist-textured walnut cake with rolled oats, but the real secret comes from dry-roasting the nuts before adding them to the mixture.
8,327 15/5 for 18 ratings 2 hours 34 min.
[Gâteau Breton (Brittany butter cake)]
Gâteau Breton (Brittany butter cake)
Gâteau breton is a rich cake that uses a lot of butter (from Brittany, of course) with sugar, egg yolks and a little rum to add flavour. This cake is traditionally served with coffee.
18,8384.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 10 min.
[Moist Lemon Cake]
Moist Lemon Cake
This is similar to the basic "four quarters" cake, but with the delicious double lemon flavour that comes from using both zest and juice.
5,3925/5 for 2 ratings 46 min.
[Gâteau Nantais]
Gâteau Nantais
This traditional cake from the French city of Nantes is deliciously moist, flavoured with almonds, vanilla and rum. For the finishing touch, the top is covered with boozy white icing.
3,6683.9/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 28 min.
[Chocolate mug cake]
Chocolate mug cake
A mug cake is fun to make and only takes a few minutes. It cooks in just one and a half minutes in the microwave.
11,9795/5 for 1 ratings 11 min.
[Almond mug cake for Mary]
Almond mug cake for Mary
Mug cakes are fun and quick to make. They cook in the microwave in about a minute and a half. This almond version is similar to the small cakes known as financiers.
10,8744.3/5 for 15 ratings 9 min.
[French Family Cake]
French Family Cake
The idea of a "family" cake can mean so many different things, depending on where your family came from. This French version consists of a layer of pears in liquid caramel, topped with a basic cake mixture, similar to the four quarters recipe.
9,9664/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 12 min.
[Poppy seed and lemon cake]
Poppy seed and lemon cake
This flavour combination is trending right now - and rightly so. Here, lemon partners poppy seeds in a moist loaf-style cake.
64 2 1 hour 54 min.
[Chocolate cake]
Chocolate cake
A traditional-style recipe for a moist chocolate cake with plenty of chocolate flavour.
8,092 44/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 16 min.
[Caribbean upside-down cake]
Caribbean upside-down cake
The dominant flavours in this cake are pineapple and almonds. The pineapple is caramelized first separately, with brown sugar and lime, before being laid in the bottom of the tin. The cake batter is then poured over. The cooked cake is turned out to reveal the lovely golden pineapple layer on top a...
6,7194.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 7 min.
[Apple Pie]
Apple Pie
This classic of family cooking is quite simple: just a puff pastry "shell" sealing in lightly sweetened slices of apple. During cooking, the fruit softens to resemble stewed apple. Serve warm, if possible, to enjoy at its best.
6,0093.7/5 for 11 ratings 54 min.
[Sicilian Epiphany Pie]
Sicilian Epiphany Pie
This is a Sicilian version of the French Epiphany dessert, the "galette des rois". The puff pastry has a pistachio cream and ricotta filling with diced candied fruit.
7,5503/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 1 min.
[Chestnut Fudge Cupcakes]
Chestnut Fudge Cupcakes
This recipe allows you to enjoy a delicious brownie-style combination of melting fudgy texture and cake, with the distinct flavours of chocolate and chestnut purée.
6,8275/5 for 1 ratings 53 min.
[Santiago Cake]
Santiago Cake
Santiago cake (or Torta de Santiago) has a lovely moist texture. It is made with almonds and lemon and contains no butter or flour. This Spanish speciality from Galicia is still often decorated with the cross of St James.
5,6105/5 for 1 ratings 52 min.
[Gâteau Basque ]
Gâteau Basque
This traditional Basque dessert is similar to a gâteau breton (brittany butter cake), but very moist as it is filled with a rum-flavoured confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream). This is a fairly simple recipe, though as the dough is fragile and difficult to handle, I...
6,2964.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 51 min.
[Toffee apple upside-down cake]
Toffee apple upside-down cake
With a flavour reminiscent of the French classic tart tatin, this cake is made with a ring of tart apples arranged on a layer of caramel, then covered with the batter. After baking, the cake is turned out while still hot so that the caramelized apples are on the top with the moist cake underneath.
4,4035/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 46 min.
[Galette Charentaise]
Galette Charentaise
This is a traditional cake from France's Charente region. The recipe is straightforward and the cake is slightly dense in texture, but quite delicious.
3,8465/5 for 21 ratings 2 hours 45 min.
[Oatmeal cake]
Oatmeal cake
This cake has the distinctive and delicious flavour of old-fashioned rolled oats, also known as oatmeal. In the basic cake recipe, part of the flour is replaced with oats, which have been toasted, then blended.
3,049 24.2/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 8 min.
[Provençal colombier for Pentecost]
Provençal colombier for Pentecost
The "colombier" (dove cake) is a traditional cake for Pentecost from the south of France, flavoured with orange and almonds. This very moist cake is quite dense as it is made with marzipan (almond paste). It can be eaten on its own or as a dessert, with or without ice cream.
3,0405/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 6 min.
[Moist chocolate cake]
Moist chocolate cake
A moist, loaf-shaped cake with all the chocolate flavour that comes from a double dose: melted chocolate and cocoa powder.
1,318 1 hour 11 min.
[Hazelnut and orange cake]
Hazelnut and orange cake
A very elegant cake topped with a sprinkling of hazelnut crumble, and with a double helping of orange flavour from chopped candied peel and the orange syrup soaked into the cake after cooking. The recipe is rather sophisticated, inspired by those used by pastry cooks at the INBP. It is a bit...
9005/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 15 min.
[Lemon and lime cakes]
Lemon and lime cakes
These little cakes get their double citrus flavour by combining the delicate bitterness of lemon and lime zest with the slight sharpness of the juice in a syrup, soaked into the cakes while still hot from the oven.
861 1 hour 44 min.
[Lemon and lime custard tart]
Lemon and lime custard tart
This is a delicious version of the classic French baker's "flan", with the twin flavours of lemon and lime. It involves two different confectioner's custards poured one on top of the other. This gives an attractive layered effect when the tart is cut. Not just pretty, it is delicious.
415 3 hours 13 min.
[Canadian apple crumble]
Canadian apple crumble
The classic apple crumble is given a Canadian twist here: rolled oats in the topping and a drizzle of maple syrup over the apples. These two small changes make the flavour very distinctive and very, well... Canadian.
554 1 hour 25 min.
[Autumn apple and plum crumble pie]
Autumn apple and plum crumble pie
This crumble with a difference captures real autumn flavours: apples, plums and hazelnuts. For a change, the crumble topping is pressed into a thin crust, more like a pie.
184 1 hour 37 min.

Confectionery

[Candied grapefruit peel]
Candied grapefruit peel
Not really a dessert, more a kind of sweet. After soakiing, strips of grapefruit skin are cooked very slowly to conservethem in sugar. It's a real treat with coffee at the end of a meal.
77,851 14/5 for 2 ratings 1 day 1 hour 21 min.
[Passion fruit jellies]
Passion fruit jellies
Usually to make fruit jellies or (fruit "paste"), it's like jam but you need to cook fruit pulp and sugar much longer. Unfortunately, this long cooking is bad for both vitamins and flavour. In this recipe we use a special jam gelling agent, to reduce cooking time as much as possible .
85,1094.4/5 for 7 ratings 2 hours 30 min.
[Praline rochers]
Praline rochers
Here is how to prepare your own chocolate rochers with a chocolate praline filling covered in milk chocolate and chopped torrified almonds.
38,4085/5 for 1 ratings 3 hours 13 min.
[Calissons]
Calissons
Calissons are a sweet from Provence - Aix-en-Provence is famous for them - made with almonds and candied fruit, covered with royal icing. This is a slightly simplified version, which is every bit as good.
38,961 53.3/5 for 3 ratings 1 hour 28 min.
[Nougat]
Nougat
Nougat is a sweet made with honey and almonds that has changed very little since ancient times. The nougat we know today is the Montelimar variety, in which egg whites are added to the basic recipe for a lighter texture. Here is a simplified version.
23,580 15/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 41 min.
[Chocolate Truffles]
Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles: those dreamy, creamy chocolatey treats, rolled in cocoa powder or a mix of chopped dry-roasted pistachios and almonds.
7,4205/5 for 3 ratings 2 hours 54 min.
[Stuffed prunes]
Stuffed prunes
Stuffed prunes are a sweetmeat made with halved dried prunes sandwiched together around a morsel of marzipan flavoured with Armagnac.
1,889 20 min.
[Quince paste]
Quince paste
This traditional French "pâte de fruit" (fruit paste or leather) has a distinctive, firm consistency and is full of flavour, with the characteristic tang of quince. The preparation is rather long, but the result is well worth all the effort.
3,0721/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 3 min.
[Apple paste]
Apple paste
Apple paste, like most other fruit pastes, is a simple mixture of apple juice, sugar and a gelling agent - pectin here.
161 10 days 48 min.

Creams and foams

[Crème brulée]
Crème brulée
Crème brûlée (burned cream) is quite easy to prepare: it's a simple egg-cream dessert. The only difficulty is in making the delicious crunchy caramel layer on top. The perfect crème brulée (for me) is a cold and soft cream, with on top a nice hot caramel crust. This is a completely new version...
185,636 74.3/5 for 7 ratings 4 hours 38 min.
[Chocolate mousse]
Chocolate mousse
Here is a simple quick recipe for chocolate mousse. It is just necessary to be careful at the final stage, when mixing the melted chocolate and the beaten egg-whites.
93,7723/5 for 2 ratings 40 min.
[Stewed apple (compote)]
Stewed apple (compote)
Here is a very basic but delicious recipe, and the pitfalls to avoid.
108,745 14.8/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 13 min.
[Apricot blancmange]
Apricot blancmange
Blancmange is a very old dessert recipe, going back to the middle-ages. Updated for our century, it's almond milk with whipped cream and a smooth apricot puree.
101,4614.4/5 for 8 ratings 3 hours 14 min.
[Pannacotta and blackcurrant crumble]
Pannacotta and blackcurrant crumble
This is a glass of pannacotta, with a layer of blackcurrent coulis, and a crunchy almond crumble scatterd on top.
71,5153.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 22 min.
[Chocolate cream with a crunch, irish coffee mousse]
Chocolate cream with a crunch, irish coffee mousse
This is a chocolate cream with chopped candied grapefruit peel and caramelized nuts added to give bit of crunch. The small pot of cream is topped with an Irish coffee mousse (flavours of coffee, fresh cream, sugar and whisky).
79,199 15/5 for 1 ratings 59 min.
[Strawberries with mint and cream]
Strawberries with mint and cream
Minty confectioner's custard, diced strawberries and whipped cream.
74,7395/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 30 min.
[Crème caramel]
Crème caramel
Crème caramel (upside-down caramel cream) is a classic of bistro cuisine. The vanilla cream is made with eggs, cooked in a dish with a layer of caramel in the bottom, and placed in a bain-marie. It's traditionally served turned out so that the liquid caramel runs down over the cream.
67,1735/5 for 2 ratings 3 hours 33 min.
[Coconut-vanilla cream for Elsa ]
Coconut-vanilla cream for Elsa
A dessert in three layers: a first of smooth vanilla cream, a second of coconut cream (also very smooth), and to finish, a thin crunchy layer of coconut tuiles. In the spirit of crème brulée: break through the crisp surface layer to discover the smooth melting coconut and vanilla creams beneath. A...
70,0863.8/5 for 17 ratings 4 hours 58 min.
[Chocolate cream]
Chocolate cream
A very simple recipe with a really chocolatey taste.Cream, milk and chocolate, mixed with egg-yolks and sugar, then cooked in the oven in a bain-marie, like for crème brulée.
70,4144.2/5 for 10 ratings 3 hours 6 min.
[Apricot fool]
Apricot fool
The traditional fruit fool is a rather old-fashioned dessert, consisting of whipped cream (Chantilly) with a fruit coulis gently folded into it.
56,1765/5 for 1 ratings 17 min.
[Blackcurrant, vanilla and lime verrine ]
Blackcurrant, vanilla and lime verrine
Vanilla-lime, confectioner's custard and blackcurrant coulis, topped with a layer of whipped cream (chantilly) and dusted with a little matcha green tea powder. Light and flavoursome.
55,6474.9/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 9 min.
[Little vanilla, clementine and chestnut verrines]
Little vanilla, clementine and chestnut verrines
This is a fresh-flavoured verrine with 3 different flavoured layers: vanilla panna cotta, clementine and chestnut mousse.
58,979 15/5 for 1 ratings 25 min.
[Like Bounty]
Like Bounty
You will no doubt be familiar with Bounty, the chocolate-covered coconut bar. Here's a melt-in-the-mouth version "on a plate" for a chic dessert.
41,4604.6/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 54 min.
[Tatin apples with mascarpone cream]
Tatin apples with mascarpone cream
Small pieces of apple cooked "tatin" style (caramelized in a pan) with a light mascarpone cream.
33,7874.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 3 min.
[Pistachio panna cotta with custard]
Pistachio panna cotta with custard
In this dessert, the pistachio panna cotta is teamed with real vanilla custard and topped with a few caramelised pistachios.
3,376 25/5 for 1 ratings 3 hours 12 min.
[Lemon Meringue Pie Verrines]
Lemon Meringue Pie Verrines
This is a new twist on the classic lemon meringue pie. All the elements are there: sweet crunchy bits, meringue and lemon custard, but presented in layers in a glass.
9,8525/5 for 2 ratings 21 min.
[Chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée]
Chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée
This crème brûlée recipe is a sophisticated combination in three layers: chocolate ganache, vanilla custard, and, of course, a delicious thin crust of caramel. It is more complicated than a simple chocolate crème brûlée, but well worth the effort when you see your guests' reactions.
6,3105/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 59 min.
[Chocolate mousse with hazelnuts]
Chocolate mousse with hazelnuts
Here is a marvellous new chocolate mousse recipe that will delight real chocoholics. This is a rich, gourmet version, though not over-sweet and with the added crunchy texture of toasted hazelnuts. You'll love this one!
2,9915/5 for 13 ratings 55 min.
[Lemon creams]
Lemon creams
These light and flavoursome lemon creams are "set" by the curdling action of the lemon juice on the heated cream, so no thickening agent is needed. They are served in individual glasses, topped with a layer of fruit coulis (blackcurrant here).
2,7624.1/5 for 16 ratings 41 min.
[Rhubarb mousse]
Rhubarb mousse
This delicious mousse is the perfect summer dessert: a delicate combination of stewed rhubarb and Italian meringue.
335 33 min.
[Plum and almond panna cotta]
Plum and almond panna cotta
The combination of plums and almonds is always a winner. Here's a version that uses almonds to make a delicious panna cotta with a difference.
242 3 hours 25 min.

Entremets

[Tiramisu]
Tiramisu
Classic italian recipe (the name means "pull me up" or more poetically, "take me up to the sky"). It's similar to a charlotte in its structure: layers of flavoured biscuits between layers of smooth cream.
109,8285/5 for 1 ratings 49 min.
[Belle-helene in a glass]
Belle-helene in a glass
It's a recipe where you make 4 layers of different creams in a small glass: vanilla cream, small dice of pear cooked in maple syrup, chocolate mousse and whipped cream. It should be served to your guests cool but not too cold .
77,7003.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 47 min.
[European glass]
European glass
A little dessert that's rather long to make, but which will always impress your guests. Layered in a glass: a jellied red fruit coulis, a layer of pineapple charlotte cream, a layer of kiwi coulis, topped with a peeled clementine segment. It's "european" because it resembles the italian flag, and in...
69,7115/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 29 min.
[New tiramisu]
New tiramisu
This new version of tiramisu is easier, and in my opinion much better. You will certainly appreciate, like me, the light creamy taste, this time presented in brandy goblets.
101,5594/5 for 3 ratings 54 min.
[French custard tart]
French custard tart
Custard pie is made with a shortcrust pastry base, and filled with an egg vanilla "custard" mix (prepared beforehand). Filling and pastry cook together in the oven. It's a great classic of the French bakery, found in all good shops.
99,752 234.5/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 41 min.
[Apple charlotte with toasted brioche]
Apple charlotte with toasted brioche
This rather special charlotte is made with toasted slices of brioche instead of finger biscuits and stewed apples. Cooked once assembled, it can be eated warm or cold.
74,2443.8/5 for 17 ratings 2 hours 20 min.
[Individual charlottes with morello cherries]
Individual charlottes with morello cherries
The French "griottines" are delicious little wild morello cherries, stoned and macerated in a Kirsch syrup, used here in individual vanilla charlottes.
62,946 15/5 for 13 ratings 4 hours 49 min.
[Pistachio tiramisu]
Pistachio tiramisu
In this slightly unusual tiramisu, the classic Amaretto is partially replaced by whisky, which goes better with the pistachio flavour.
116,120 25/5 for 1 ratings 50 min.
[Cherry clafoutis]
Cherry clafoutis
A clafoutis batter and cherries lightly cooked in sugar and Kirsch, then de-stoned. The clafoutis is baked in the oven.
30,2044.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 17 min.
[Strawberry Charlotte]
Strawberry Charlotte
This is a faily quick charlotte recipe. It begins, as usual, by soaking finger biscuits in syrup, in this case flavoured with lime. The charlotte is then assembled with alternate layers of Chantilly (whipped cream) and strawberries.
30,0215/5 for 13 ratings 3 hours 9 min.
[Pavlova]
Pavlova
Pavlova is a dessert which originated in New Zealand (or was it Australia?). It consists of a meringue shell filled with a layer of whipped cream and topped with seasonal fruit.
27,2824.3/5 for 18 ratings 2 hours 34 min.
[Pear charlotte]
Pear charlotte
A charlotte filled with pear mousse (made with whipped cream and pear coulis).
26,8734.1/5 for 18 ratings 13 hours 59 min.
[Creamy plum and pear clafoutis]
Creamy plum and pear clafoutis
Here is a clafoutis that is quick to make, with a delicate blend of plums and pears. This recipe can be varied easily to use any good fruit in season.
1,476 53 min.
[Pistachio custard tart]
Pistachio custard tart
Similar in texture to a classic rich French custard tart, this version has the same sweetcrust pastry case, but the filling has a delicious pistachio flavour, rather than the normal vanilla.
12,714 24.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour
[Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan]
Crusty pistachio, almond and apricot flan
The filling of this pistachio flan with almonds and apricots contrasts with crisp case, made with puff pastry, rather than the more usual shortcrust pastry.
4,9624.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 37 min.
[Flognarde]
Flognarde
Flognarde is a dessert that originated in France's Limousin region. The recipe is very simple: a vanilla-flavoured egg custard, thickened with flour, and sometimes made with seasonal fruit (apples, cherries, pears...). This is a very old recipe that has come down to us virtually unchanged since...
4,9104/5 for 1 ratings 47 min.
[Framboisier]
Framboisier
This is a classic French raspberry-flavoured dessert. It generally consists of raspberries in cream sandwiched between two layers of cake. In this version, the cake is genoa sponge and the cream is vanilla-flavoured and mixed with mascarpone. This is just as good made as a large rectangle or, as...
3,0504/5 for 10 ratings 2 hours 38 min.
[Clafoutis "Marie-Antoinette"]
Clafoutis "Marie-Antoinette"
This "Marie-Antoinette" clafoutis is a lighter version of the traditional fruit-in-batter baked dessert, almost a soufflé, with apples and lemon. The apples are sautéed in butter and Calvados, then combined with a lemon-flavoured confectioner's custard, lightened with raw meringue. This mixture is...
2,8984.9/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 17 min.
[Comtoise apple charlotte]
Comtoise apple charlotte
This "Comtoise" charlotte, inspired by the Franche-Comté region of eastern France, is a more rustic take on the famous dessert. It is made with sliced bread, lightly buttered and fried, then filled with sugared apple pieces, drizzled with clarified butter and baked.
326 1 hour 32 min.

Fruits

[Flambéd bananas ]
Flambéd bananas
The trick of this recipe is to end up with bananas caramelised on the outside, still firm on the inside, coated with a tasty syrup which is not 95% butter.
72,189 14/5 for 1 ratings 40 min.
[Fresh fruit in sabayon]
Fresh fruit in sabayon
Fresh grapefruit and / or pears, covered with a sabayon and a pinch of citrus crunch.
78,6594.7/5 for 20 ratings 55 min.
[Soft fruits in sabayon]
Soft fruits in sabayon
This recipe is made by briefly cooking an assortment of soft fruits (raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries, currants...) with a little sugar to glaze them. They are served in a small dish, covered with a delicious sabayon which can be lightly "burned" on surface.
79,2303.9/5 for 18 ratings 46 min.
[Baked apples from St Aubin le Vertueux]
Baked apples from St Aubin le Vertueux
Under this pretty name, my personal version of "Les pommes au four" (baked apples).
77,360 24.2/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 7 min.
[Pears in red wine with blackcurrant ]
Pears in red wine with blackcurrant
Pears cooked until soft in a red wine and blackcurrant syrup, served with the reduced syrup and custard sauce (crème anglaise).
79,4954.1/5 for 16 ratings 2 hours 35 min.
[Sautéed pears with custard and orange syrup ]
Sautéed pears with custard and orange syrup
Pear halves sautéed in butter and sugar served with real custard (crème anglaise) and a reduced blood-orange syrup.
46,9823.7/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 4 min.
[Minted Melon]
Minted Melon
It is tempting to call this a melon Mojito: little balls of ripe melon in a light Mojito-flavoured syrup with mint, rum and lime.
7,0814.5/5 for 11 ratings 45 min.
[Strawberry, kiwi and mascarpone verrines]
Strawberry, kiwi and mascarpone verrines
Chopped kiwi with lemon, ripe strawberries and smooth mascarpone cream.
5,3895/5 for 13 ratings 22 min.
[Norman flambéed apples]
Norman flambéed apples
Apples sautéed in butter and sugar, then flambéed in Calvados (from Normandy) and served with real custard.
2,5131/5 for 1 ratings 38 min.
[Strawberries in a thyme and lemon-flavoured red wine reduction]
Strawberries in a thyme and lemon-flavoured red wine reduction
Serving strawberries in red wine is a classic French dessert. Here is a more sophisticated version, with the red wine reduced to a light syrup with notes of thyme and lemon.
508 1 hour 23 min.

Gratins

[Apple and almond gratin]
Apple and almond gratin
Imagine a gratin, but sweet, made with apples and toasted ground almonds. This delicious dessert combines apples and almonds with a vanilla custard-like mixture - simply yummy!
4,0224.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 5 min.
[Apple Batter Puddings]
Apple Batter Puddings
Similar to a traditional French "clafoutis", usually made with cherries, this simple apple and almond dessert is quick to make.
6,7675/5 for 13 ratings 41 min.

Ice-cream and sorbets

[Fresh mint ice-cream]
Fresh mint ice-cream
This well-flavoured ice-cream is excellent on its own, or in profiteroles with a chocolate sauce for example.
79,9324.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 34 min.
[Frozen Nougat]
Frozen Nougat
Impress your guests with this delightful dessert, a smooth mixture of meringue and dried fruit, which can easily be prepared several days beforehand.
80,3984.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 28 min.
[Pear sorbet]
Pear sorbet
For a great pear sorbet, choose your fruit carefully: they should be perfectly ripe and full of flavour. You will get good results with williams, but any other variety of your choice will work.
70,7684/5 for 11 ratings 54 min.
[Vanilla ice cream]
Vanilla ice cream
Rediscover the full flavour of a real vanilla ice cream with this classical recipe.
81,5833.8/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 7 min.
[Blackcurrant sorbet for Edith]
Blackcurrant sorbet for Edith
If you love the taste of blackcurrants (like Edith), this sorbet is for you...
66,4894.9/5 for 18 ratings 23 min.
[Peach and blackcurrant coupe]
Peach and blackcurrant coupe
A delightful coupe combining mint-flavoured peaches with a scoop of blackcurrant sorbet.
9,4723.8/5 for 11 ratings 55 min.
[Pistachio ice cream]
Pistachio ice cream
Rediscover the real, delicate taste of pistachio in this ice cream with its very definite flavour.
10,303 13.8/5 for 17 ratings 51 min.
[Peach Melba]
Peach Melba
Peach Melba is a famous dessert created in 1893 by an equally famous chef, Auguste Escoffier, and inspired by the singer Nellie Melba.There have been many versions of this well-known dish but, in principal, it consists of vanilla ice cream, poached peaches, raspberry coulis and sweetened whipped...
26,6933.9/5 for 20 ratings 2 hours 20 min.
[Coupe Augustin]
Coupe Augustin
A "coupe Augustin" is a kind of sundae made with mint ice cream, slices of white peach poached in a light syrup, Chantilly cream, raspberry coulis and topped with toasted flaked almonds.
17,0124.7/5 for 11 ratings 28 min.
[Melon with port sorbet]
Melon with port sorbet
This recipe is a new twist on the classic melon with port: melon balls served on a bed of port sorbet.
17,6664.9/5 for 18 ratings 49 min.
[Poire Belle Hélène]
Poire Belle Hélène
Poire Belle Hélène is a fairly simple cold dessert. The pears are poached in a vanilla-flavoured syrup, then served on top of vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce poured over.
11,0754.7/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 46 min.
[Strawberry sorbet]
Strawberry sorbet
The secret of a good strawberry sorbet is to use first class strawberries, very ripe and full of flavour, so do choose them with care. This recipe shows you how to lighten the texture of the sorbet by incorporating air.
10,7544.6/5 for 14 ratings 31 min.
[Ice-cream Vacherin]
Ice-cream Vacherin
Ice-cream vacherin is a festive French dessert. It consists of two different flavours of ice cream (blackcurrant and vanilla here) sandwiched between two circles of meringue, topped with whorls of Chantilly (whipped cream) which is then frozen. It is not too complicated, but involves a bit of work...
12,5864.5/5 for 12 ratings 8 hours 45 min.
[Clementine sorbet]
Clementine sorbet
To capture the delicate flavour of clementines, we need to use not only the juice, but also a little zest to add a delicious hint of bitternes. Here's a simple method using sugar cubes.
10,1174.3/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 47 min.
[Raspberry sorbet]
Raspberry sorbet
To make a seriously good raspberry sorbet, the fruit must be of the best quality, of course, but there is another little secret: you need to remove all the seeds to make a really smooth coulis. It is this smooth coulis that makes the sorbet so deliciously velvety.
3,0814.6/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 20 min.
[Strawberry-mint sorbet]
Strawberry-mint sorbet
For this strawberry and mint-flavoured sorbet, we will be using an unusual method: blending the strawberries with mint leaves. This mixture is then left overnight for the flavours to mingle before being strained and then churned. This makes a delicious sorbet with its full-on strawberry flavour...
2,9443.8/5 for 19 ratings 12 hours 26 min.
[Baked Alaska]
Baked Alaska
The name may be odd, but Baked Alaska is an elegant dessert. The core of this version is a "sandwich" of vanilla ice cream and blackcurrant sorbet between 2 layers of sponge soaked in rum-flavoured syrup. This is then covered in a layer of meringue and put in a very hot oven for just a few minutes...
3,2464.3/5 for 12 ratings 6 hours 47 min.
[Frozen cottage cheese with strawberries]
Frozen cottage cheese with strawberries
Here is a refreshing and very quick recipe (if your fruit is already prepared). In just a few seconds you can enjoy a delicious frozen cream cheese and strawberry dessert, with no need for an ice-cream maker.
864 13 min.

Jams and jellies

[Quick bramble jelly]
Quick bramble jelly
Fruit jelly is jam made with the juice only. All the skin and seeds are strained out, which gives a very smooth texture. Here's a quick recipe which will give you an excellent jelly, and which keeps the full flavour of the blackberries thanks to its very brief cooking.
50,0574.3/5 for 18 ratings 47 min.
[Quick orange marmalade]
Quick orange marmalade
Just oranges (organic) and sugar in this simplified marmalade recipe.
10,8234.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 11 min.
[Windfall apple jelly]
Windfall apple jelly
This jelly is an excellent way to make use of all those unripe apples that have dropped off the tree. They (or rather, their juice) makes a delicious jelly with a very delicate flavour. As these apples are green and generally tart, we need to use a little more gelling agent than for a normal jelly...
2,292 58 min.
[Jelly-style plum jam]
Jelly-style plum jam
Lots of people make plum jam, but you can also elevate this to a rather elegant jelly, simply by removing the skins. It's not a true jelly (this is normally made with juice), but leans towards that style: light and, above all, delicious.
241 13 hours 11 min.

Miscellanous

[Warm apple feuillantines]
Warm apple feuillantines
It's a rather long recipe but which never fails to impress, perfect for a special dinner party. It's made up of 3 circles: one almond "tuile", 2 of caramelized brik sheets, with a caramelized apple layer between each, whipped cream on top, and custard all around. Everything, except whipped cream,...
92,7315/5 for 13 ratings 3 hours 9 min.
[Sweet pancake rolls from Brittany]
Sweet pancake rolls from Brittany
Stewed apples, raisins soaked in whisky, toasted almonds, rolled in a lightly caramelized pancake.
70,7964.3/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 16 min.
[Rice pudding (riz au lait)]
Rice pudding (riz au lait)
My personal version of this classic family recipe.
93,3125/5 for 1 ratings 38 min.
[Chaud-froid of grapefruit, pineapple and lime custard ]
Chaud-froid of grapefruit, pineapple and lime custard
Cold grapefruit quarters with slices of hot caramelized pineapple, lime custard (crème anglaise) and citrus crunch.
92,3644.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 5 min.
[Pears and caramelised walnut samosas ]
Pears and caramelised walnut samosas
Samosas are small parcels of filling wrapped in brik (or filo) sheets and either shallow or deep fried. Here is a sweet version, with pears and caramelised walnuts.
99,4824/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 21 min.
[Eton mess]
Eton mess
Behind this strange name there lurks a delicious traditional English dessert made of meringues, strawberries and cream.
51,9835/5 for 13 ratings 4 hours 55 min.
[Liège waffles]
Liège waffles
Liège waffles have a very distinctive texture: quite dense with the crunch of sugar crystals. They also have a characteristic form: round and fairly small. Then there's that special flavour that comes with the delicious light caramel crust.
61,6865/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 55 min.
[Pain perdu]
Pain perdu
This is a sweet French version of "eggy bread": slices of bread soaked in a mixture of milk, cream, egg yolks and vanilla sugar, then pan-fried until golden. It's really simple and wickedly delicious!
39,5933.8/5 for 17 ratings 39 min.
[Apple Tatin Terrine]
Apple Tatin Terrine
Imagine a sweet terrine, made of layers of apples with sugar, cooked slowly in the oven until caramelized. Serve warm in slices with custard.
10,4624.1/5 for 19 ratings 3 hours 28 min.
[Apple crisps]
Apple crisps
This is a really simple recipe - there's really not much to do, other than wait while the crisps (or chips for Americans) cook gently in the oven.
2,9624.5/5 for 18 ratings 2 hours 8 min.
[Yvetot Douillons]
Yvetot Douillons
This dessert, named after a small town in Normandy, consists of a pear filled with confectioner's custard (French pastry cream), which is wrapped in a pancake and puff pastry, then baked. The "douillon" part of the name comes from a warm coat, the "douillette", of former times.
11,0104.3/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 3 min.
[Rice pudding with fruit and nuts]
Rice pudding with fruit and nuts
This is cooked like a normal rice pudding, but with fruit and nuts added halfway through: toasted almonds and pistachios, sautéed diced apple and strips of dried apricot. These added flavours and textures make an already creamy rice pudding even more delicious.
3,0364.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 5 min.
[Granola]
Granola
Granola is a tasty, crunchy cereal mix with nuts and seeds. Often thought of as an American version of muesli, it is bound with a little maple syrup and toasted in the oven. This is simple to prepare and goes well with lots of other things (dairy, fresh or stewed fruit, etc.) for a delicious...
111 1 hour 5 min.

Pastries

[Half-cooked chocolate cake with raspberry coulis]
Half-cooked chocolate cake with raspberry coulis
A small chocolate cake, still runny in the middle, served with a raspberry coulis.
87,0265/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 21 min.
[Millefeuille]
Millefeuille
Millefeuille is one of the best pastries available, if it is well made, i.e.: 2 layers of light vanilla cream between 3 layers of fine crispy (possibly caramelized) puff pastry.
85,0354.6/5 for 5 ratings 1 hour 42 min.
[Apple semelles (flat apple tarts)]
Apple semelles (flat apple tarts)
The French semelle is a flat rectangular tart with a base of puff pastry. In this version, a layer of stewed apple is spread on the pastry, then topped with finely-sliced fruit.
30,8974.3/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 5 min.
[Crust for tea]
Crust for tea
Under this strange name there's a delicious cake in crusty sweet pastry, filled with a smooth almond mixture and icing sugar on top. It's an excellent cake for tea time, but it goes very well with fruit salad for example.
57,174 14.9/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 1 min.
[Succès praliné (praline meringue)]
Succès praliné (praline meringue)
The "succès" (success) is a classic of traditional French patisserie, made with two layers of almond meringue filled with praline butter cream. It's very rich and a little old-fashioned these days, but still has many faithful fans.The original recipe comes from the master chef Gaston Lenôtre, and...
72,996 34.9/5 for 7 ratings 4 hours 16 min.
[Apple amandine tarts from Brélès]
Apple amandine tarts from Brélès
Amandines are small sweetcrust pastry tarts filled with fruit and topped with almond cream. Here's a rather more sophisticated version made with stewed apple, rice pudding and almond cream.
62,4753.7/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 10 min.
[Paris-Brest]
Paris-Brest
The Paris-Brest is a famous French patisserie: a ring of choux pastry, scattered with flaked almonds and icing sugar and filled with a praline cream. The name comes from a historic cycle race between Paris and Brest (600 km or 372 miles), as the shape is like a bicycle wheel.
48,0084.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 18 min.
[Fraisier (French strawberry cake)]
Fraisier (French strawberry cake)
This classic French patisserie is a delicious assembly of 2 layers of genoa sponge filled with strawberries and crème mousseline (confectioner's custard with butter). The sponge is soaked in strawberry syrup and the cake is topped with a thin layer of marzipan.
44,7124/5 for 4 ratings 2 hours 43 min.
[Black Forest gateau]
Black Forest gateau
Black Forest gateau is a sophisticated dessert which comes from Germany. It is essentially a combination of four flavours: chocolate, cherries, cream and kirsch. Here is my own version.
31,5614.6/5 for 11 ratings 2 hours 32 min.
[Pecan fruit rolls ]
Pecan fruit rolls
These pecan nut and dried fruit rolls, wrapped in golden caramelized puff pastry, are really delicious.
26,6274.9/5 for 10 ratings 1 hour 21 min.
[Saint Honoré cake]
Saint Honoré cake
The Saint Honoré cake is a famous example of French patisserie. It consists of a puff pastry base surrounded by a ring of caramel-coated choux puffs and topped with whipped cream (Chantilly). It is a bit tricky to make, but this recipe gives you all the hints you need.
27,4794.7/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 51 min.
[Apple Strudel]
Apple Strudel
Apple strudel is a traditional pastry from central Europe. It is like a large apple turnover, usually served in slices. Here is a version with apples, walnuts, almonds and rum-soaked raisins.
8,7585/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 32 min.
[St Tropez tart]
St Tropez tart
This famous dessert from St Tropez is more of a cake than a tart. The sugar-sprinkled brioche layers are sandwiched together with a rich vanilla filling which is a mixture of confectioner's custard and whipped cream.
18,1723.8/5 for 17 ratings 3 hours 34 min.
[Puits d'amour]
Puits d'amour
This delicious little cake's charming French name means "well of love". It is made up of layers of puff and choux pastry, assembled with a light caramel and filled with vanilla confectioner's custard.
22,8654.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 43 min.
[Valay-Brest]
Valay-Brest
A Valay-Brest is a mini eclair, filled with apple-flavoured confectioner's custard and topped with a rectangle of walnut nougatine.
12,1354.1/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 28 min.
[Quick Strawberry Millefeuille]
Quick Strawberry Millefeuille
A millefeuille (which in french means "thousand sheets") is a delicious pâtisserie consisting of layers of puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée) sandwiched together with cream, fruit, etc. In this recipe, we will be using sheets of caramelized brik or filo, which makes a delicious, light...
9,0475/5 for 1 ratings 48 min.
[Strawberry feuilleté]
Strawberry feuilleté
This elegant French dessert is not quite a tart. The base is a circle of puff pastry baked and caramelized, then topped when cold with a thin layer of lime-flavoured confectioner's custard and beautiful fresh strawberries.
3,7643.8/5 for 11 ratings 43 min.
[Peach and verbena feuilleté]
Peach and verbena feuilleté
In French, a "feuilleté" can be anything, sweet or savoury, wrapped in or with a base of puff pastry, from a sausage roll to a millefeuille. This is an elegant tart-style feuilleté with a caramelized pastry base, topped with a light custard flavoured with verbena. This is based on a confectioner's...
2,7944.1/5 for 16 ratings 2 hours 23 min.

Salads

[4 pears salad with vanilla]
4 pears salad with vanilla
It's a very easy recipe, everything depends on the choice of differents kinds of pears all fully ripe, to give a delicious contrast in the mouth.
61,3494.2/5 for 20 ratings 37 min.
[Fruit salad]
Fruit salad
To make a good fruit salad, there are three important points: 1) Choose fruits that go well together (avoid putting soft pears with crunchy apples for example).2) Remove absolutely all skins and seeds.3) Bring it all together with a good home made sugar syrup added to the fruit juices. Here is a...
75,6364.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 13 min.
[Peach and mint salad ]
Peach and mint salad
Here is a very simple, fresh and delicious recipe; the flavour of mint goes very well with peaches.
83,476 24/5 for 1 ratings 20 min.

Small cakes

[Financiers]
Financiers
This delicious little cake gets its name from its shape, in the form of a gold ingot.
98,253 24.6/5 for 14 ratings 32 min.
[Chocolate madeleines]
Chocolate madeleines
Simple and delicious, goes very well with tea or coffee.
80,4613.8/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 15 min.
[Finger biscuits]
Finger biscuits
These small biscuits, that look a bit like savoy biscuits, are delicious alone or with Champagne, but are also the base for charlottes or Tiramisu.
103,8635/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour
[Fillings for macaroons]
Fillings for macaroons
The macaroons recipe shows how to make these small cakes, and gives the example of a raspberry filling. Here are several other possibilities: Apricot macaroons, Chocolate macaroons, Mint macaroons, Blackcurrant macaroons.
55,607 24.3/5 for 7 ratings 2 hours 1 min.
[Macarons (the original French macaroons) ]
Macarons (the original French macaroons)
This recipe really is "of the moment": the success of these small, highly-coloured cakes, in an infinite variety of flavours, is impressive. It's a recipe which needs some care, in order to produce a result worthy of a professional pastrychef. No problem, I will guide you through the recipe,...
251,952 714.7/5 for 43 ratings 2 hours 38 min.
[Meringues]
Meringues
A very simple recipe but which always impresses.
91,1694.5/5 for 19 ratings 4 hours 17 min.
[Chocolate thins with toasted nuts]
Chocolate thins with toasted nuts
A very thin disc of chocolate, topped with toasted nuts and candied grapefruit peel.
81,5244/5 for 19 ratings 2 hours 22 min.
[Moist cereal bars]
Moist cereal bars
Whether bars or rounds, this recipe produces delicous small cereal cakes.
132,4064.9/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 5 min.
[Coconut rocks]
Coconut rocks
Small coconut cakes, golden, crusty, and soft inside.
77,7473.7/5 for 18 ratings 49 min.
[Almond tuiles]
Almond tuiles
These delicious little biscuits ("tiles" in French) get their crunch and lightness from the use of flaked almonds rather than ground. It is not difficult to succeed, you just need to work fast after taking them out of the oven.
94,9365/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 18 min.
[Raspberry muffins]
Raspberry muffins
Delicious when still warm.
74,4845/5 for 1 ratings 43 min.
[Chocolate muffins]
Chocolate muffins
Variation on muffins recipe. In this version each one is filled with a dark chocolate ganache.
75,3894.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 15 min.
[Blackcurrant-almond muffins]
Blackcurrant-almond muffins
Blackcurrant muffins with a rather special ground almond dough. Blackurrants give a delicious hint of acidity, which goes very well with the almond flavour.
81,0963.8/5 for 17 ratings 49 min.
[Oat shortbread biscuits]
Oat shortbread biscuits
Little biscuits with home-made oat flour (made from rolled oat flakes).
72,203 15/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 41 min.
[Chocolate almond cookies]
Chocolate almond cookies
Cookies made with ground almonds, chocolate chips and a little cocoa.
71,638 14.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 49 min.
[Chouquettes]
Chouquettes
Chouquettes are small choux puffs with sugar crystals on the top. They are usually eaten plain, but can also be filled with a variety of things: cream, fruit, chocolate... whatever you like.
59,9774.8/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 25 min.
[Little lime tarts]
Little lime tarts
With this very quick recipe, you can make little tarts that are nothing like those you find in the shops.
35,7674.3/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 30 min.
[Walnut short bread]
Walnut short bread
Those little biscuits are with good walnut taste, because walnut are shortly roasted before powdered, it's very simple and efficient.
31,4064.3/5 for 20 ratings 3 hours 1 min.
[Cannelés]
Cannelés
Cannelés are a speciality from the French city of Bordeaux. These delicious little cakes have a crunchy exterior and a soft centre.
21,3225/5 for 1 ratings 1 day 1 hour 29 min.
[Coconut tuiles]
Coconut tuiles
Delicate tuiles with coconut. Very thin, they are both crunchy and melt-in-the-mouth. Delicious on their own or to accompany an ice-cream or cream dessert, perhaps a sophisticated one like coconut-vanilla cream for Elsa .
103,4334.8/5 for 4 ratings 1 hour 12 min.
[Amiens macaroons]
Amiens macaroons
These macaroons, famous since the 16th century, are small, soft almond-flavoured cakes. This recipe is much easier to make than the one for the classic Parisian macarons.
20,4365/5 for 18 ratings 49 min.
[Arizona cupcakes]
Arizona cupcakes
Cupcakes are small sponge cakes. In their original American version, they are usually decorated with brightly coloured icing. Here's a version inspired by the famous saguaro cactus, so common in Arizona.
58,611 14.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 49 min.
[Chocolate eclairs]
Chocolate eclairs
This might appear to be a straightforward recipe: choux pastry, chocolate confectioner's custard and fondant icing, but in practice it is quite technically tricky and all three stages need care to produce a perfect result.But don't let that discourage you; there are demonstration videos and I will...
62,468 34.5/5 for 2 ratings 3 hours 52 min.
["BN style" chocolate-filled biscuits]
"BN style" chocolate-filled biscuits
These are similar to the BN biscuits so well-known in France. They are a sandwich of chocolate filling between two layers of biscuit. Children adore them!
45,869 24.6/5 for 10 ratings 5 hours 12 min.
[Jam doughnuts]
Jam doughnuts
These were originally a traditional German treat (Berliner Pfannkuchen in German): big fried doughnuts filled with jam and sprinkled with icing sugar.
38,2474.5/5 for 6 ratings 4 hours 23 min.
[Pink Reims biscuits]
Pink Reims biscuits
These biscuits are a speciality of Reims. They have a light texture, rather like finger biscuits, and are traditionally rectangular and coloured pink.
13,0793.8/5 for 10 ratings 46 min.
[Corsican tarts]
Corsican tarts
Two typically Corsican ingredients are brought together in this recipe: chestnuts and clementines. Chestnut flour is used in the sweetcrust pastry and the tarts are filled with a mouth-watering clementine jelly.
15,3394.3/5 for 11 ratings 3 hours 22 min.
[Mirlitons]
Mirlitons
Mirlitons are little puff-pastry tarts with an almond cream filling.
13,0064.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 27 min.
[Arlesian Biscuits]
Arlesian Biscuits
These small almond and lemon-flavoured biscuits have a short, melt-in-the-mouth texture. They are known as "sablés arlésiens" in French.
10,1435/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 33 min.
[Little lemon biscuits]
Little lemon biscuits
These small, lemon-flavoured biscuits are very easy to make and are inspired by the Italian "biscotti al limone".
10,3265/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 42 min.
[Chocolate and matcha tea biscuits]
Chocolate and matcha tea biscuits
Little spiral biscuits flavoured with chocolate and matcha green tea.
26,0164/5 for 12 ratings 3 hours
[Checkerboard biscuits]
Checkerboard biscuits
These biscuits are half and half chocolate and almond in a checkerboard pattern, both in colour and flavour.
29,0035/5 for 13 ratings 4 hours 24 min.
[Dublin fruit scones]
Dublin fruit scones
Scones originated in Britain and Ireland. The Irish version is often made plain and traditionally served with tea. Scones are more of a bread than a cake, eaten split in half and spread with butter or jam, for example. There are also sweeter versions and scones with dried fruit, like the ones I have...
33,5104.1/5 for 19 ratings 48 min.
[Pistachio shortbread biscuits]
Pistachio shortbread biscuits
These melt-in-the-mouth biscuits are "double pistachio", as they contain both pistachio paste and toasted chopped pistachios.
30,0795/5 for 3 ratings 2 hours 58 min.
[Grandma Solange's biscuits]
Grandma Solange's biscuits
These biscuits are very simple to make and delicious with tea or coffee. They are easy enough for children to enjoy making them.
10,0194.1/5 for 16 ratings 44 min.
[Oat financiers for Louise]
Oat financiers for Louise
These moist little petit-four cakes are called 'financiers' in French, as they are similar in shape to gold ingots! They go very well with tea or coffee. In this version, the usual ground almonds are replaced with rolled oats, blended to a powdery texture.
21,765 23.9/5 for 19 ratings 45 min.
[Pistachio madeleines]
Pistachio madeleines
Firm on the outside, soft in the centre and with a prominent pistachio flavour, these madeleines are truly delicious.
26,048 25/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 39 min.
[Little Christmas biscuits]
Little Christmas biscuits
These little chocolate biscuits are decorated with marzipan. They are ideal to accompany a festive dessert.
21,366 24.2/5 for 16 ratings 2 hours 41 min.
[Amaretti]
Amaretti
Amaretti are little Italian almond biscuits. They are a bit like meringues, very sweet, and made with ground almonds.
8,6864.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 3 min.
[Tea and white chocolate biscuits]
Tea and white chocolate biscuits
This recipe combines the flavours of tea and chocolate. The tea is added to the dough in two forms: powder and liquid. The biscuits are dipped in white chocolate.
20,2794.8/5 for 12 ratings 4 hours 10 min.
[Buckwheat almond biscuits]
Buckwheat almond biscuits
In this sweet biscuit recipe, some of the normal wheat flour is replaced with buckwheat flour and ground almonds. This gives them a very distinctive flavour.
7,5934/5 for 2 ratings 2 hours 40 min.
[Nonettes]
Nonettes
Nonettes are small, jam-filled cakes from a bygone age. They originated in Dijon, where they were made by nuns (hence the name, which means "little nun" in French). The traditional version is closer to the French "pain d'épices", but this recipe has a more of a citrus flavour, made with marmalade.
16,5564.4/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 50 min.
[Mini palmiers]
Mini palmiers
Palmiers are a traditional French patisserie, consisting of folded puff pastry caramelized with sugar. These small versions are made with the shop-bought puff pastry that comes ready-rolled in a circle.
14,1535/5 for 1 ratings 39 min.
[Pistachio "Financiers"]
Pistachio "Financiers"
This version of the traditional French financiers is just as moist as the original but with a delicious pistachio flavour.
13,0674/5 for 20 ratings 34 min.
[Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)]
Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines)
The French name for these tubular biscuits means "Russian cigarettes". Cigarettes Russes are perfect for serving with ice cream or other desserts. The basic biscuit is fairly easy to make; the tricky bit is rolling the tube once cooked.
18,191 34.5/5 for 2 ratings 46 min.
[Pets de nonne]
Pets de nonne
These small fritters are like mini doughnuts: they're simply made with choux pastry dough, then tossed in a little sugar. [Translator's note: their amusing French name literally means "nun's farts". So, maybe we'll leave it French...].
9,9224.1/5 for 16 ratings 45 min.
[Sesame cookies]
Sesame cookies
These soft little cookies have a double whammy of sesame flavour from toasted seeds combined with a little sesame oil.
306 2 hours 57 min.
[Toasted-flour biscuits]
Toasted-flour biscuits
This is a surprising biscuit recipe, in which the flour is not added in its normal state, but gently toasted beforehand in the oven. This light dry-roasting changes the taste considerably, giving these biscuits notes of honey, coffee and even spices. Their distinctive flavour goes very well with...
3,6605/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 43 min.
[Chestnut moelleux]
Chestnut moelleux
"Moelleux" means soft, and is also the name given to the gooey, soft-centred cakes that are popular in France. These muffin-style cakes are doubly chestnutty: there is chestnut purée in the mixture and pieces of marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) in the middle as well. The result is a little...
3,749 15/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 13 min.
[Mini lemon millefeuilles]
Mini lemon millefeuilles
These dainty and delicious mini millefeuilles have layers of puff pastry filled with lemon confectioner's custard (pastry cream). They are a bit tricky because they are quite fragile and do not keep well once assembled. But freshly made, they are a true delight.
2,528 2 hours 22 min.
[Chocolate cereal bars]
Chocolate cereal bars
These have a chocolate sweetcrust pastry base, topped with dried fruit, toasted nuts and seeds, bound with a brown-sugar and butter mixture, then gently baked. Once the flapjack-like cake has cooled, it can be cut into bars.
1,837 1 hour 18 min.
[Piped petits-fours]
Piped petits-fours
As the name suggests, these are piped into shape using a forcing bag. These dainty little macaroon-like cakes are made with marzipan and have a soft, moist texture.
1,426 1 day 32 min.
[Diamond biscuits]
Diamond biscuits
These round biscuits no doubt get their name from the coating of sparkling sugar crystals around the edge.
1,082 1 hour 47 min.
[Grapefruit moelleux]
Grapefruit moelleux
The french love their "moelleux" — moist fondant cakes, often with a melting centre. These little mini-moelleux are flavoured with grapefruit. The grapefruit flavour is brought out fully by using a combination of juice, zest and candied peel.
8615/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 7 min.
[Mini Mont-Blanc choux puffs]
Mini Mont-Blanc choux puffs
These mini choux puffs are topped with a layer of craquelin and filled with Mont-Blanc cream: a mixture of whipped cream and sweetened chestnut purée.
1,092 1 hour 43 min.

Tarts

[Express apple tart]
Express apple tart
A fine apple tart, very quick to make.
67,758 24.6/5 for 14 ratings 54 min.
[Chocolate tart]
Chocolate tart
As you can see, there's very little added sugar in this recipe, so it's a very chocolatey and bitter-sweet tart.
66,547 15/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 26 min.
[Exotic fruit tart]
Exotic fruit tart
An exotic fruit tart (bananas, kiwi and pineapple), with crisp pastry and almond cream which are cooked beforehand. It's a rather simple recipe, but the final result will impress your guests.
66,7275/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 23 min.
[Pear tart with almond cream]
Pear tart with almond cream
This is a very quick and easy tart to make, as everything (or almost) can be done in advance. A piece of sweetcrust pastry, some almond cream and pears? You have "everything you need".
73,5474.2/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 14 min.
[Apricot and almond cream tart]
Apricot and almond cream tart
Half apricots arranged on a thin layer of almond cream.
67,5414.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 45 min.
[Pear and lime meringue pie]
Pear and lime meringue pie
A layer of light lime cream and caramelized pears in a crisp pastry case, topped with Italian meringue, which is browned under the grill or with a flame.
72,795 23.8/5 for 17 ratings 2 hours 36 min.
[Cherry and pistachio tarts]
Cherry and pistachio tarts
A shortcrust pastry case baked with pistachio cream, then topped with Griottine cherries.
59,878 25/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 20 min.
[Tart Tatin]
Tart Tatin
Tart tatin is one of the great classic desserts of French cooking. It's an apple tart cooked upside down. Apples are cooked in sugar until they caramelise. Then a circle of puff pastry is put on top, and the whole tart is baked at 356°F (180°C) for 20 minutes. To serve, the tart is turned over so...
84,651 13.8/5 for 4 ratings 1 hour 17 min.
[Plum tart]
Plum tart
This tart made with sweetcrust pastry and almond cream is especially tasty with those rather sour little plums that can be found in such profusion in late summer.
59,2664.9/5 for 19 ratings 2 hours 37 min.
[Pear, grapefruit and pistachio tart]
Pear, grapefruit and pistachio tart
A sweetcrust pastry case filled with pistachio cream, topped with pear and grapefruit slices.
18,8064.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 37 min.
[Bounty-style tart for Alison]
Bounty-style tart for Alison
This Bounty-style tart combines, as you might expect, chocolate and coconut in a sweetcrust pastry case.
30,100 14/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 34 min.
[Rhubarb tart]
Rhubarb tart
This version of rhubarb tart uses a sweetcrust pastry base, almond cream, diced rhubarb cooked until just tender and a rhubarb syrup glaze.
17,3354.3/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 10 min.
[Strawberry Verveine Tart ]
Strawberry Verveine Tart
This tart has a crisp sweetcrust pastry case filled with verveine-flavoured cream and, of course, strawberries.
10,5623.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 31 min.
[Simple maple-syrup tart]
Simple maple-syrup tart
It would be hard to find a simpler tart recipe: just sweetcrust pastry filled with maple syrup, then baked.
8,0464.2/5 for 18 ratings 46 min.
[Strawberry tart]
Strawberry tart
For this great dessert classic: a sweetcrust pastry case, vanilla confectioner's custard and the best strawberries available. This recipe is simple yet demanding, but the result is an exceptional tart.
23,3994.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 30 min.
[Apple and pear tart]
Apple and pear tart
Apples and pears are combined in this sophisticated autumn tart. The pears are laid decoratively on top of stewed apple.
9,9694.9/5 for 18 ratings 59 min.
[Two-coloured chocolate-orange tart]
Two-coloured chocolate-orange tart
This tart, with its twinned chocolate and orange flavours, is a bit fiddly to make. The fillings are fairly straightforward (classic chocolate ganache and orange curd), but it is tricky to ensure that the fillings do not run into each other. You will need to make a divider but, as you will see, this...
8,7395/5 for 13 ratings 2 hours 35 min.
[Lemon Tart / Meringue Pie]
Lemon Tart / Meringue Pie
Lemon tart is one of the great classics of French patisserie. The are lots of versions with different kinds of pastry and filling. This one uses sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée) and lemon curd as the filling. Just top with meringue for that other classic: lemon meringue pie.
5,0975/5 for 14 ratings 3 hours 21 min.
[Little caramelized peach tarts]
Little caramelized peach tarts
This is an elegant summer dessert: a thin base of puff pastry, topped with caramelized peach slices. For a delicious contrast of hot and cold, serve with the reduced caramel and citrus sauce poured over over hot and, at the last minute, a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, .
4,9233.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 15 min.
[Peach and green tea tart]
Peach and green tea tart
This refined tart combines peaches with the delicate flavour of green tea. The sweetcrust pastry case is baked blind, then filled with a green-tea custard and topped with slices of poached white peaches.
4,9245/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 11 min.
[Bonnevaux apple tart]
Bonnevaux apple tart
This is without doubt the easiest apple tart you can make: a simple pastry case (a sweetened sort of shortcrust pastry without egg) and apples - that's all! It's the tart my grandmother Jeanne made when I was a boy (a long time ago, as you can probably gather) and my father's favourite dessert.In...
4,0854/5 for 20 ratings 2 hours 7 min.
[Linzer torte]
Linzer torte
Linzer torte, or tart from Linz (Austria), has a cinnamon-flavoured crust filled with raspberry jam. The special and rather crumbly sweet pastry used for the case is made with cinnamon, ground almonds and the yolks of hard-boiled eggs. There are many different versions. In this rather unusual one,...
4,1234.7/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 5 min.
[Flaked almond tart]
Flaked almond tart
This almond tart is an American-inspired version of the classic dessert. This one leaves out the almond cream or frangipane and uses flaked almonds instead. These are toasted, then mixed with cream and sugar. There's no point denying it, this is a rich dessert...
2,9624.8/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 24 min.
[Tarte Jurassienne]
Tarte Jurassienne
This tarte jurassienne (from France's Jura region) has a sweetcrust pastry case, filled with rich hazelnut buttercream and topped with a rosette of apple slices that have been sautéed in Macvin du Jura liqueur.
2,535 25/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 17 min.
[Alsatian apple tart]
Alsatian apple tart
This tart from France's Alsace region has a sweet pastry (or sweetcrust) case, filled with raw apple slices and a light vanilla egg-custard mixture, then baked.
2,429 54 min.
[Lime meringue tart]
Lime meringue tart
For this delicious tart, you will see how the crisp, sweet pastry is the perfect foil for the distinct taste and slight sharpness of the lime filling and, of course, the smoothness of the Italian meringue topping.
1,886 1 hour 54 min.
[Raspberry tart]
Raspberry tart
This gorgeous and delicious rasperry tart is not just any old fruit tart: the base is made with "sablé breton" dough, topped with a raspberry crémeux and a layer of whole fresh raspberries, finished with a glaze. It's a bit more complicated than a normal tart, but the result is well worth the...
1,5955/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 41 min.
[Tarte Normande]
Tarte Normande
This tart showcases ingredients from Normandy: the sweet pastry case is baked blind, then filled with apple sticks sautéed in Calvados, and a cream-egg mixture. The tart is then baked and dusted with icing sugar when cold.
1,299 1 hour 30 min.
[Breton apple and rhubarb tart ]
Breton apple and rhubarb tart
This rhubarb and apple tart is given a Breton twist with a base of traditional, butter-rich, sablé biscuit. This is topped with an apple "crémeux" filling. The finishing touch is a layer of rhubarb, cut on the diagonal and oven-poached in a syrup of its own juice.
5785/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 44 min.
[Breton strawberry and verbena tart]
Breton strawberry and verbena tart
Strawberries and verbena go well together. In this recipe they are combined as a verbena crémeux with whole fresh strawberries on a Breton sablé base.
362 1 hour 47 min.
[Lemon tart]
Lemon tart
Lemon tart (tarte au citron) is one of France's great classic desserts, though there are many different versions. This is more or less the classic version, with sweetcrust pastry and a creamy filling that uses both lemon zest and juice for a deliciously tart tart!
309 1 hour 33 min.
[Plum tart "En passant par la Lorraine"]
Plum tart "En passant par la Lorraine"
This tart - with a nod to the French children's song - features produce the Lorraine region is famous for: plums and hazelnuts. The small, sweet mirabelles contrast with the larger plums and make the most of the different varieties.
310 1 hour 56 min.
[Lemon and grated apple tart]
Lemon and grated apple tart
You'll be amazed by the flavour of this tart, it's so distinctive and well-balanced. The apples are grated, rather than sliced, to mix well with the lemon juice and zest. The result is an exceptional tart (yes, really!).
318 1 hour 42 min.
[Blackberry and almond fondant tart]
Blackberry and almond fondant tart
Balckberries and almonds go so well together: the slight tartness of the berries is the perfect foil for the sweeter almonds. This combination makes for a delicious tart. The sweetcrust pastry case is filled with a blackberry jelly and an almond panna cotta, presented in a bold and unusual way as a...
93 3 hours 46 min.

Traditional recipes of French cooking

[Profiteroles]
Profiteroles
Small choux pastry puffs, filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with a rich smooth chocolate sauce.
88,059 14.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 35 min.
[Crêpes Suzette]
Crêpes Suzette
Crêpes Suzette are pancakes filled with orange-flavoured butter (butter and sugar mixed with Grand Marnier), caramelized in a pan and soaked in orange-flavoured syrup. This is an modified version of the recipe invented by Auguste Escoffier.
33,1094.1/5 for 10 ratings 48 min.
[Rum babas]
Rum babas
Rum baba is a classic French dessert, consisting of a small cake soaked in rum syrup and filled with a little Chantilly (whipped cream).
19,7063.8/5 for 17 ratings 3 hours 33 min.

Viennoiseries (sweet breads, buns)

[Chinois]
Chinois
"Chinese" - what a strange name for this cake! A kind of brioche, filled with confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière) which can be decorated with fondant icing.
91,318 24.7/5 for 13 ratings 5 hours 29 min.
[Old style brioche]
Old style brioche
Classical version of brioche use yeast to raise the dough, but in this recipe some leaven is added. This make a more rustic brioche, with a small taste of leaven.
64,9414.6/5 for 14 ratings 14 hours 6 min.
[Little apple turnovers with almonds and raisins]
Little apple turnovers with almonds and raisins
These are small apple turnovers ("chaussons") of puff pastry, filled with a mixture of caramelised almonds, stewed apple and rum-soaked raisins. To be eaten just as they are...
77,1433.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 31 min.
[Nanterre brioche]
Nanterre brioche
This is the classic, but delicious, brioche recipe that you can find in any good baker's. Her unique shape is made from small balls of dough put in a mould.
63,6473.8/5 for 17 ratings 2 hours 26 min.
[Brioche slices with almond cream]
Brioche slices with almond cream
A brioche slice, soaked in rum syrup and covered with almond cream, then browned in the oven. It's a dessert, and also a pastry which goes very well with tea or coffee at the end of the afternoon, especially when it's cold outside.
64,3954.1/5 for 16 ratings 54 min.
[Milk rolls]
Milk rolls
This sweet milk bread, made as baps or rolls, with its sugar topping is delicious for breakfast or with afternoon tea.
36,958 13.8/5 for 17 ratings 5 hours 31 min.
[Brioche galette]
Brioche galette
This galette (flat cake) is made with brioche dough, stuck with little pieces of butter and sprinkled with sugar.
19,1944.8/5 for 4 ratings 2 hours 3 min.
[Brioche Tatin]
Brioche Tatin
For this filled brioche, the apples are cooked separately, as for a tart tatin (caramelized), then sandwiched between two circles of brioche dough.
13,5163.7/5 for 18 ratings 3 hours 21 min.
[Caramelized brioche with pear and kiwi]
Caramelized brioche with pear and kiwi
This "classy restaurant" style dessert consists of a sort of dish made of caramelized brioche filled with a mix of pear compote and kiwi salad with vanilla, served surrounded by real custard (crème anglaise).
25,322 15/5 for 1 ratings 45 min.
[Mini apricot and pistachio brioches]
Mini apricot and pistachio brioches
These mini brioches are made with dried apricots and have double pistachio flavour: in the dough itself, which is tinged green, and with dry-roasted pistachios added whole.
6,7434.1/5 for 20 ratings 18 min.
[Apple and Blackcurrant Brioche Pies]
Apple and Blackcurrant Brioche Pies
These brioche pies look like muffins with their "mushroom" tops. They are filled with quartered apples and a little blackcurrant jelly.
7,0044.5/5 for 2 ratings 2 hours 55 min.
[Kouign-amann brioche]
Kouign-amann brioche
This is unusual brioche is halfway to being a Breton Kouign-amann. The difference is in the treatment of the dough, which is layered with sugar and butter. The basic dough is rolled out with butter in stages, like for croissants, but with 2 "turns" of sugar for one of butter (granulated and vanilla...
4,4564.3/5 for 12 ratings 15 hours 55 min.
[Rolled chestnut and apple brioche]
Rolled chestnut and apple brioche
This rolled brioche is made with a special dough, using a mixture of two flours: ordinary plain flour and chestnut flour. The prepared dough is then rolled up around a filling of apples sautéed with brown sugar.
4,314 24/5 for 12 ratings 15 hours 52 min.
[Cramique]
Cramique
Cramique is a kind of brioche from Belgium and northern France, made with raisins and pearl (or nib) sugar. It is traditionally served sliced with butter and jam.
2,944 13 hours 55 min.
[Agen prune cake]
Agen prune cake
This cake from Agen, in southwestern France, is a type of brioche. Inspired by the famous "tarte au sucre" (sugar tart), it is like a thick "galette" with a moist texture, filled with prunes and marzipan with Armagnac.
1,279 1 hour 51 min.
[3-fruit brioche loaf]
3-fruit brioche loaf
This long brioche is called a "lingot" (ingot) in French. It is filled with three layers of different fried fruits: apricots, raisins and cranberries. When sliced, the three layers are revealed - and it's every bit as delicious as it looks.
1,199 2 hours 51 min.
[Pogne de Romans]
Pogne de Romans
Pogne de Romans is a kind of brioche lightly flavoured with orange and rum. It originated in Romans-sur-Isère, a town in south-east France. This recipe dates back to medieval times, when it was made in a ring (or crown) shape to celebrate the end of Lent, as eggs could then be used again. This more...
2,0824.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 day 17 hours 38 min.

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