List of recipes using Caster sugar: 232 recipes

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[Foie gras cured in salt]
Foie gras cured in salt
This a quite different preparation from the terrine of foie gras, this time it does not go in the oven, the liver is salted for 48 hours and it "cooks" (or cures) in this way.
72,1465/5 for 11 ratings 2 days 16 hours 28 min.
[Home-made terrine of foie gras]
Home-made terrine of foie gras
Preparing your own home-made foie gras from raw is immensively satisfying: good quality liver and a simply amazing flavour – much better than anything you can buy. This recipe is a bit tricky, but quite within everyone's grasp, as long as you follow the 3 most delicate stages carefully. These are,...
110,414 64.3/5 for 6 ratings 4 days 15 hours 50 min.
[Gravlax]
Gravlax
Gravlax is a Nordic speciality and consists of boned salmon dry-cured overnight in salt and sugar. The cured salmon can be eaten like smoked salmon, just with a trickle of lemon juice, or with a light sauce of cream cheese and herbs.
4,9265/5 for 1 ratings 12 hours 21 min.
[Eggs meurette]
Eggs meurette
Eggs meurette or "œufs à la bourguignonne" is a great classic of French cooking, and of Burgundy in particular. It consists of poached eggs on a bed of fried onions and bacon, served on a slice of fried bread. This is topped with a tasty reduced red wine sauce.
57,051 14.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 29 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!
45,655 24.6/5 for 10 ratings 5 hours 12 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.
1,177 1 hour 51 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.
10,7464.3/5 for 15 ratings 9 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.
94,7155/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 18 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.
2,221 54 min.
[Amaretti]
Amaretti
Amaretti are little Italian almond biscuits. They are a bit like meringues, very sweet, and made with ground almonds.
8,5734.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 3 min.
[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!
3,9024.6/5 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.
6,6215/5 for 13 ratings 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.
74,0573.8/5 for 17 ratings 2 hours 20 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.
2,8604.5/5 for 18 ratings 2 hours 8 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.
5,8793.7/5 for 11 ratings 54 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.
8,6575/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 32 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.
10,3244.1/5 for 19 ratings 3 hours 28 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.
101,2474.4/5 for 8 ratings 3 hours 14 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.
58,468 14.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 49 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...
3,1044.3/5 for 12 ratings 6 hours 47 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.
55,5154.9/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 9 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.
80,9243.8/5 for 17 ratings 49 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...
3,9924/5 for 20 ratings 2 hours 7 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.
29,971 14/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 34 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.
4675/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 44 min.
[Brioche galette]
Brioche galette
This galette (flat cake) is made with brioche dough, stuck with little pieces of butter and sprinkled with sugar.
19,0524.8/5 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.
13,3943.7/5 for 18 ratings 3 hours 21 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.
7,4604/5 for 2 ratings 2 hours 40 min.
[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.
77,481 14/5 for 2 ratings 1 day 1 hour 21 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.
21,1945/5 for 1 ratings 1 day 1 hour 29 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.
67,2625/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 37 min.
[Caramelised apple pie]
Caramelised apple pie
Apple pie made with caramelised apples.
66,0864.3/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 55 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).
25,199 15/5 for 1 ratings 45 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.
92,2434.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 5 min.
[Checkerboard biscuits]
Checkerboard biscuits
These biscuits are half and half chocolate and almond in a checkerboard pattern, both in colour and flavour.
28,8455/5 for 13 ratings 4 hours 24 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.
30,0834.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 17 min.
[Chestnut cake]
Chestnut cake
This delightful cake is doubly chestnutty: it contains chestnut flour, and pieces of glacé chestnuts are incorporated in the dough.
72,1735/5 for 1 ratings 53 min.
[Chocolate and matcha tea biscuits]
Chocolate and matcha tea biscuits
Little spiral biscuits flavoured with chocolate and matcha green tea.
25,9024/5 for 12 ratings 3 hours
[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.
6,1785/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 59 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.
70,2514.2/5 for 10 ratings 3 hours 6 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).
79,068 15/5 for 1 ratings 59 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...
62,281 34.5/5 for 2 ratings 3 hours 52 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.
93,5503/5 for 2 ratings 40 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!
2,9155/5 for 13 ratings 55 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.
11,8355/5 for 1 ratings 11 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.
59,8434.8/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 25 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...
2,8244.9/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 17 min.
[Coconut rocks]
Coconut rocks
Small coconut cakes, golden, crusty, and soft inside.
77,5153.7/5 for 18 ratings 49 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...
69,9133.8/5 for 17 ratings 4 hours 58 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.
251 1 hour 32 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.
15,1934.3/5 for 11 ratings 3 hours 22 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.
1,317 53 min.
[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...
185,426 74.3/5 for 7 ratings 4 hours 38 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.
67,0095/5 for 2 ratings 3 hours 33 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.
32,8884.1/5 for 10 ratings 48 min.
[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.
4,8344.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 37 min.
[Elsa's Comtoise galette]
Elsa's Comtoise galette
This galette is a classic Comtois dessert that resembles choux pastry (pâte à choux).
20,4604/5 for 20 ratings 46 min.
[Eton mess]
Eton mess
Behind this strange name there lurks a delicious traditional English dessert made of meringues, strawberries and cream.
51,8695/5 for 13 ratings 4 hours 55 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.
103,6435/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour
[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...
2,8344.8/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 24 min.
[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.
71,973 14/5 for 1 ratings 40 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...
4,4664/5 for 1 ratings 47 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.
44,5594/5 for 4 ratings 2 hours 43 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...
2,9534/5 for 10 ratings 2 hours 38 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.
99,330 234.5/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 41 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.
9,8634/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 12 min.
[Fresh fruit in sabayon]
Fresh fruit in sabayon
Fresh grapefruit and / or pears, covered with a sabayon and a pinch of citrus crunch.
78,5314.7/5 for 20 ratings 55 min.
[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.
79,7814.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 34 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.
737 13 min.
[Fruit crumble]
Fruit crumble
A fruit pudding: very easy to do and delicious: just a layer of fruit with a golden crunchy topping.
71,0324.0/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 11 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.
3,6755/5 for 21 ratings 2 hours 45 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...
6,0724.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 51 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.
18,6364.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 10 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.
3,5613.9/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 28 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.
9,9294.1/5 for 16 ratings 44 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.
7555/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 7 min.
[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.
86,8745/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 21 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...
7815/5 for 1 ratings 2 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".
80,683 25/5 for 13 ratings 3 hours 59 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...
12,3964.5/5 for 12 ratings 8 hours 45 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.
38,1004.5/5 for 6 ratings 4 hours 23 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.
71 13 hours 11 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.
30,2834.3/5 for 20 ratings 6 hours 38 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...
4,2394.3/5 for 12 ratings 15 hours 55 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!).
176 1 hour 42 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.
744 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.
311 3 hours 13 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).
2,6214.1/5 for 16 ratings 41 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!
218 1 hour 33 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.
61,5375/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 55 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.
41,2874.6/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 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.
1,771 1 hour 54 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...
76,9463.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 31 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, .
4,7973.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 15 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.
58,886 15/5 for 1 ratings 25 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,...
251,517 714.7/5 for 43 ratings 2 hours 38 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.
17,5214.9/5 for 18 ratings 49 min.
[Meringues]
Meringues
A very simple recipe but which always impresses.
91,0394.5/5 for 19 ratings 4 hours 17 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.
36,779 13.8/5 for 17 ratings 5 hours 31 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.
13,9685/5 for 1 ratings 39 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.
6,9194.5/5 for 11 ratings 45 min.
[Mirlitons]
Mirlitons
Mirlitons are little puff-pastry tarts with an almond cream filling.
12,7894.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 27 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.
1,161 1 hour 11 min.
[Nanou's chocolate cake]
Nanou's chocolate cake
A moist melting cake, very very chocolaty...
77,5104.6/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 45 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.
101,3734/5 for 3 ratings 54 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.
16,3114.4/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 50 min.
[Norman flambéed apples]
Norman flambéed apples
Apples sautéed in butter and sugar, then flambéed in Calvados (from Normandy) and served with real custard.
2,3871/5 for 1 ratings 38 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.
23,468 15/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 41 min.
[Oat shortbread biscuits]
Oat shortbread biscuits
Little biscuits with home-made oat flour (made from rolled oat flakes).
72,027 15/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 41 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.
2,962 24.2/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 8 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.
8,203 15/5 for 18 ratings 2 hours 34 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!
39,4553.8/5 for 17 ratings 39 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.
71,3953.8/5 for 17 ratings 1 hour 22 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 .
84,8864.4/5 for 7 ratings 2 hours 30 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...
2,6654.1/5 for 16 ratings 2 hours 23 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.
72,637 23.8/5 for 17 ratings 2 hours 36 min.
[Pear charlotte]
Pear charlotte
A charlotte filled with pear mousse (made with whipped cream and pear coulis).
26,7064.1/5 for 18 ratings 13 hours 59 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.
18,6924.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 37 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.
99,3274/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 21 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).
79,3394.1/5 for 16 ratings 2 hours 35 min.
[Pecan fruit rolls ]
Pecan fruit rolls
These pecan nut and dried fruit rolls, wrapped in golden caramelized puff pastry, are really delicious.
26,4734.9/5 for 10 ratings 1 hour 21 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...].
9,7834.1/5 for 16 ratings 45 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.
12,8703.8/5 for 10 ratings 46 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.
12,500 24.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour
[Pistachio ice cream]
Pistachio ice cream
Rediscover the real, delicate taste of pistachio in this ice cream with its very definite flavour.
10,197 13.8/5 for 17 ratings 51 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.
3,244 25/5 for 1 ratings 3 hours 12 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.
29,8425/5 for 3 ratings 2 hours 58 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.
115,813 25/5 for 1 ratings 50 min.
[Plain cake]
Plain cake
This is a classic, loaf-shaped cake, deliberately left plain for you to embellish as you choose.
9,9024/5 for 10 ratings 1 hour 26 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.
59,1264.9/5 for 19 ratings 2 hours 37 min.
[Profiteroles]
Profiteroles
Small choux pastry puffs, filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with a rich smooth chocolate sauce.
87,905 14.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 35 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.
64,211 15/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 10 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.
22,5104.3/5 for 15 ratings 1 hour 43 min.
[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.
49,9044.3/5 for 18 ratings 47 min.
[Quick orange marmalade]
Quick orange marmalade
Just oranges (organic) and sugar in this simplified marmalade recipe.
10,7024.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 11 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...
8,9015/5 for 1 ratings 48 min.
[Raspberry muffins]
Raspberry muffins
Delicious when still warm.
74,3215/5 for 1 ratings 43 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.
17,2114.3/5 for 15 ratings 2 hours 10 min.
[Rice pudding (riz au lait)]
Rice pudding (riz au lait)
My personal version of this classic family recipe.
93,1085/5 for 1 ratings 38 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.
2,9074.6/5 for 14 ratings 1 hour 5 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).
19,5623.8/5 for 17 ratings 3 hours 33 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.
27,1434.6/5 for 14 ratings 2 hours 51 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.
5,4695/5 for 1 ratings 52 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.
46,8733.7/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 4 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.
197 2 hours 57 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.
7,1373/5 for 2 ratings 1 hour 1 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.
79,1213.9/5 for 18 ratings 46 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.
389 1 hour 23 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.
40,6405/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 40 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.
29,8925/5 for 13 ratings 3 hours 9 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.
3,6473.8/5 for 11 ratings 43 min.
[Strawberry, kiwi and mascarpone verrines]
Strawberry, kiwi and mascarpone verrines
Chopped kiwi with lemon, ripe strawberries and smooth mascarpone cream.
5,2255/5 for 13 ratings 22 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...
84,409 13.8/5 for 4 ratings 1 hour 17 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.
1,178 1 hour 30 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.
33,6134.3/5 for 15 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.
20,1154.8/5 for 12 ratings 4 hours 10 min.
[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.
109,7005/5 for 1 ratings 49 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...
3,5385/5 for 1 ratings 2 hours 43 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.
4,2875/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 46 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...
8,6295/5 for 13 ratings 2 hours 35 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.
11,9814.1/5 for 19 ratings 1 hour 28 min.
[Vanilla ice cream]
Vanilla ice cream
Rediscover the full flavour of a real vanilla ice cream with this classical recipe.
81,4283.8/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 7 min.
[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,...
92,5875/5 for 13 ratings 3 hours 9 min.
["Psychedelic" sandwich bread]
"Psychedelic" sandwich bread
This amazing-looking loaf uses a basic sandwich bread recipe, but half the dough is coloured yellow with turmeric, the other half black with squid ink. The two colours are then rolled up together to give the spiral effect you can see in the photo. The outside is coated with sesame seeds. This...
1,170 4 hours 13 min.
[Brioche royale]
Brioche royale
Brioche royale is a very rich brioche, made with candied fruit, toasted hazelnuts and chocolate chips. Just before baking, it is topped with "macaronade": a macaroon-style mixture of ground almonds and sugar with egg white. This creates a crust when baked and gives the brioche its elegant finish.
639 16 hours 47 min.
[Chocolate rolls (petits pains)]
Chocolate rolls (petits pains)
Here is a recipe for "real" chocolate petits pains, i.e. with a milk bread dough (not croissants dough) and with a sick of chocolate inside.
104,0554.6/5 for 18 ratings 5 hours 27 min.
[Ciabatta]
Ciabatta
Ciabatta is a small, very soft Italian bread. The name means "slipper". It normally takes a long time to prepare as a special leaven called "biga" is used, but this simplified version is quicker and just as good.
89,3973.8/5 for 17 ratings 3 hours 21 min.
[Cornmeal baps for Anne]
Cornmeal baps for Anne
These small round baps are made with a mix of wheat flour and fine cornmeal. The dominant corn gives a moist and very yellow crumb.
83,0864.3/5 for 15 ratings 6 hours 23 min.
[Flaky chocolate brioche]
Flaky chocolate brioche
This is a rather special brioche: the dough is first layered with butter to make it flaky, then this is rolled around a chocolate filling. The recipe is quite long, but you will be astonished at the result. It is both light (in flaky layers) and rich (with its chocolate filling). As you can see...
11,4144.5/5 for 2 ratings 17 hours 43 min.
[Kugelhof for Nanou]
Kugelhof for Nanou
This recipe is emblematic of Alsatian baking, but a more personal version (and a bit richer).
74,9504.3/5 for 15 ratings 3 hours 15 min.
[Mouna]
Mouna
Mouna is a delicious citrus-flavoured brioche from the Oran region of Algeria. It origins are much disputed, but it was no doubt inspired by a brioche brought over by Spanish immigrants from the Valencia region: the "Mona de Pascua". However, it is also amusing to remember that the citizens of Oran...
9241/5 for 1 ratings 18 hours 31 min.
[Nantes Tourton]
Nantes Tourton
The "tourton Nantais" is a sweet loaf from Nantes, somewhere between bread and brioche, but without egg and only a small amount of butter.
10,1704.3/5 for 15 ratings 7 hours 34 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.
64,8174.6/5 for 14 ratings 14 hours 6 min.
[Panettone]
Panettone
Panettone is a brioche-style Italian loaf, made with dried fruit (raisins and candied peel) and flavoured with left-over citrus fruit. The recipe is a bit complicated but, above all, it takes time, a great deal of time...
12,1575/5 for 13 ratings 1 day 1 hour 19 min.
[Pitta bread]
Pitta bread
This Lebanese speciality is made as a flat round pocket, which can be filled with all manner of things.
89,107 14.5/5 for 10 ratings 2 hours 55 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...
1,9064.5/5 for 2 ratings 1 day 17 hours 38 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.
4,135 24/5 for 12 ratings 15 hours 52 min.
[Sandwich bread]
Sandwich bread
Soft and moist, almost like brioche, it can be made in a tin or mould or as a classic long French-style loaf.
75,2823.9/5 for 11 ratings 3 hours 26 min.
[Blackcurrant liqueur]
Blackcurrant liqueur
The fruit liqueurs (or "creams" in French) are a mix of neutral alcohol in which fruits are macerated, and sugar syrup. They are the basis of the very famous "Kir", mixture of dry white wine and blackcurrant liqueur. This recipe is for blackcurrant, but it can be made with other soft fruits like...
121,886 44.7/5 for 3 ratings 51 min.
[Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style]
Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style
If it's cold or you're in the snow, you will appreciate mulled wine which warms body and soul... There are as many mulled wine recipes as ski runs, so here is a basic one that you can easily adapt to your taste.
74,777 14/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 32 min.
[Cookies]
Cookies
Traditional american recipe for homely biscuits, which can be made in different flavours or with additions (seeds, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc.).
97,5634/5 for 6 ratings 1 hour 28 min.
[Four quarters]
Four quarters
It's "the simpliest cake in the world", called four quarters, because it's made with 1/4 eggs, 1/4 sugar, 1/4 flour and 1/4 butter.
70,6983.7/5 for 18 ratings 1 hour 15 min.
[Almond dacquoise]
Almond dacquoise
A dacquoise is a sort of almond meringue that can be eaten like a biscuit or can be used as the base of more sophisticated desserts.
42,6475/5 for 1 ratings 44 min.
[Almond macaroon cake]
Almond macaroon cake
This is a cake version of an almond meringue, moister and denser in texture. This cake can be eaten on its own or made smaller, like finger biscuits. It can also be used as the base in a boozy dessert, such as a framboisier.
3,3344.3/5 for 15 ratings 58 min.
[Apple confectioner's custard]
Apple confectioner's custard
For this strongly apple-flavoured version of confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream), apple juice is used instead of milk and the quantity of sugar is reduced.
11,7264.6/5 for 11 ratings 21 min.
[Biscuit de Savoie sponge cake]
Biscuit de Savoie sponge cake
Biscuit de Savoie is not a "biscuit" in the English sense, just a very light sponge cake. It is delicious plain, but it can also be filled with cream, fruit, etc.
19,7945/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 8 min.
[Breton sablé biscuit dough]
Breton sablé biscuit dough
Brittany is famous for its rich, sandy textured "sablé" biscuits. Similar to shortbread, they are made with lots of butter and egg yolk, and just a hint of vanilla. This dough can be made into simple biscuits – already delicious on their own – or used as the base for tarts and other desserts.
2,362 26 min.
[Brioche dough]
Brioche dough
It's a soft and rich dough, with butter and eggs which give a smooth and incredibly tasty brioche. This is the basic recipe for brioche dough, used for all other brioche-based recipes on the site.
113,755 24.2/5 for 6 ratings 14 hours 27 min.
[Butter cream]
Butter cream
Butter cream is made with egg yolk, sugar syrup and, of course, butter. These days it has fallen rather out of fashion, probably because it's very rich, but it still has its aficionados. Here is the classic plain version, which you can lighten and flavour as you wish.
61,7314.6/5 for 14 ratings 58 min.
[Caramelised walnuts]
Caramelised walnuts
These delicious nuts can be used in several cakes, but you can also put them on ice-cream, pancakes, fruit salad, or eat them just as they are.
80,6635/5 for 1 ratings 22 min.
[Chocolate sauce]
Chocolate sauce
This rich smooth chocolate sauce, with its full flavour, is one of the indispensable ingredients of profiteroles, but it can be used with many others desserts.
66,2554/5 for 1 ratings 32 min.
[Choux pastry (pâte à choux)]
Choux pastry (pâte à choux)
Choux pastry is used for making profiteroles, eclairs and other small pastries.
138,9034.5/5 for 4 ratings 1 hour 4 min.
[Citrus crunch]
Citrus crunch
These are fine crumbs of candied citrus peel. It can be used to sprinkle a dessert or other preparation to add both crunch and the flavour of the chosen citrus fruit. It is easy to prepare well in advance, and will keep in an airtight jar. This recipe is given for clementines, but can be made with...
67,2383.7/5 for 20 ratings 1 hour 16 min.
[Citrus syrup]
Citrus syrup
This citrus-flavoured syrup blends the bitterness of the zest with the delicious acidity of the juice. It can be used to soak biscuits or cakes when making desserts. You can make this with whatever citrus fruits you prefer. It can be prepared in advance and will keep for several days.
940 1 hour 13 min.
[Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)]
Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)
Quite similar to crème anglaise but much thicker. It is used in many pastries like choux pastry (pâte à choux) or millefeuille.
266,479 303.8/5 for 36 ratings 36 min.
[Fruit crémeux]
Fruit crémeux
This kind of "crémeux" (it means "creamy", but contains no actual cream) is a basic recipe in the repertoire of French pastry chefs. It is smoother but less frothy than a mousse and uses gelatin to set it as it cools. Often used as a tart filling or in other desserts, crémeux is usually poured to...
5,1165/5 for 2 ratings 40 min.
[Génoise (Genoa sponge)]
Génoise (Genoa sponge)
A Génoise (or Genoa sponge) is a very light and delicate cake. It is good on its own, but is more often used as the base for many different French-style gâteaux, with layers of mousse or cream between 2 (or more) layers of sponge. It is a tricky recipe to get right, rather technical, but here's a...
45,936 55/5 for 1 ratings 1 hour 13 min.
[How to succeed in making sabayon (syllabub)]
How to succeed in making sabayon (syllabub)
A sabayon is a delicious and delicate preparation based on egg yolks and sugar, with a liquid added (wine, alcohol, fruit juice, etc), which is then whipped in a bain-marie until it is both light and smooth. Usually sabayon is sweet (syllabub), but you can make it savoury, in which case there is...
125,962 54/5 for 4 ratings 18 min.
[Italian Meringue]
Italian Meringue
Italian meringue is made with sugar cooked to 120°C or 248°F. This is different from the French, which is made from caster sugar. The cooked sugar gives a softer meringue which can be added to other preparations or use as it is.
103,4104.3/5 for 15 ratings 30 min.
[Lemon Confectioner's Custard]
Lemon Confectioner's Custard
This recipe is for a confectioner's custard with a difference: it's a little less sweet than the classic confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream) and has double lemon flavour, using both zest and juice, for plenty of tangy lemon taste. It's the perfect filling for lemon...
10,1514.4/5 for 5 ratings 23 min.
[Lime (or lemon) curd]
Lime (or lemon) curd
Lime curd is a delicious conserve and variation on the traditional lemon curd, made with limes, eggs and butter. It's the perfect filling for either large or small tarts.
38,1075/5 for 12 ratings 54 min.
[Lime confectioner's custard (pastry cream)]
Lime confectioner's custard (pastry cream)
Taking its inspiration from lemon confectioner's custard, this version has a distinctive lime flavour. Both juice and zest are used to combine the juice's slight acidity with a hint of bitterness from the zest.
493 56 min.
[Muffin dough]
Muffin dough
This dough can be used to make this delicious and classic of the English cooking: muffins. It can be sweet, in different flavours, with fruit, but also savoury in other recipes.
90,5855/5 for 2 ratings 21 min.
[Nougatine]
Nougatine
Nougatine is a delicious nut toffee: caramel mixed with toasted flaked almonds. Not a dessert in itself, it is often used to decorate cakes and pastries. But those who enjoy good things are sure to want to eat it on its own!
19,4584/5 for 5 ratings 32 min.
[Pancake batter]
Pancake batter
Here is a pancake batter that is a little more sophisticated than the traditional version. The pancakes will be tastier with a softer texture.
22,9394/5 for 12 ratings 13 min.
[Panna cotta]
Panna cotta
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert which means "cooked cream". It's a set vanilla cream, similar to blancmange, which is frequently served with other things like fruit coulis (fruit purée), caramel etc.. Here is the basic panna cotta recipe.
76,3814.3/5 for 9 ratings 25 min.
[Pear compote ]
Pear compote
Stewed pears are not as easy to prepare as stewed apples, as they contain more juice and you risk ending up with more of a coulis than a compote. So here are two simple methods to help you succeed.
26,8354.3/5 for 15 ratings 37 min.
[Pistachio confectioner's custard]
Pistachio confectioner's custard
This is very similar to the classic confectioner's custard (crème pâtissière, or french pastry cream), but its marked pistachio taste brings a distinctive flavour to a whole range of desserts.
1,431 31 min.
[Pistachio powder or paste]
Pistachio powder or paste
Pistachio paste has a similar texture to almond paste, but the similarity ends there, as its flavour and colour are quite characteristic.
93,455 133.8/5 for 6 ratings 48 min.
[Poaching syrup]
Poaching syrup
Less sweet than normal sugar syrup, poaching syrup is specially for slow cooking fruits to be used in other recipes.
74,1475/5 for 13 ratings 14 min.
[Praline]
Praline
Praline is a preparation of caramelized nuts (in this case almonds), with a very characteristic flavour. Either crushed or as a paste, it is used to fill or flavour all manner of things like creams, chocolates, biscuits, etc.
69,4615/5 for 1 ratings 55 min.
[Real custard sauce (crème anglaise)]
Real custard sauce (crème anglaise)
Real custard or vanilla sauce consists of egg yolks beaten with sugar and cooked slowly in vanilla milk. It is the base or the accompaniment for many desserts.
112,180 24/5 for 3 ratings 44 min.
[Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée)]
Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée)
This is for sweet or savoury tarts, quiches or pies. The difference between this and sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée) is in the very small amount of sugar and the absence of ground almonds.
103,441 23.8/5 for 11 ratings 31 min.
[Stewed apple (compote)]
Stewed apple (compote)
Here is a very basic but delicious recipe, and the pitfalls to avoid.
108,152 14.8/5 for 12 ratings 1 hour 13 min.
[Stewed apricots]
Stewed apricots
Here is how to make delicious stewed apricots, both an easy and a more sophisticated way.
192,826 124.1/5 for 33 ratings 1 hour 25 min.
[Stewed plums]
Stewed plums
Quick and simple, stewed plums can also be spread like jam.
57,9732.8/5 for 6 ratings 38 min.
[Stewed rhubarb]
Stewed rhubarb
This is perhaps the best known use of rhubarb, and can be used as the basis for other recipes.
71,9704.4/5 for 18 ratings 55 min.
[Sugar syrup]
Sugar syrup
This syrup is mainly used as a basis for all sorbet recipes, which consist of this syrup and fruit pulp, but it can be also used to soak biscuits for example, or for fruit salads.
118,3235/5 for 1 ratings 8 min.
[Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)]
Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)
Sweetcrust pastry is one of the basic pastry of French patisserie, used in many tart and cakes recipes, but it can also be rolled out and cut into biscuits, delicious with tea or coffee. This recipe is given for those who have a mixer (Kenwood, KitchenAid or other), but it can also be done with your...
98,9215/5 for 1 ratings 33 min.
[Vanilla sugar]
Vanilla sugar
Almost essential in patisserie, you can find it in expensive little sachets of about 10g. It's necessary to distinguish between the vanilla sugar which really contains vanilla, and vanillin sugar, purely chemical which has never seen a vanilla pod. Here is how to quickly make a whole jar full of...
115,434 15/5 for 1 ratings 26 min.
[Yeast-based flaky dough (for croissants)]
Yeast-based flaky dough (for croissants)
This yeast-based flaky dough (or croissant dough) is where puff pastry meets a yeast dough (such as brioche dough). This means that not only will we get flaky layers, but the dough will also swell and rise. The method is along the same lines as for a feuilletage: the basic dough is first kneaded,...
765 2 3 hours 58 min.
[Cooking sugar]
Cooking sugar
Cooking sugar, which is one of the basics of patisserie and sweet-making, is a delicate operation in which sugar is heated from 100°C or 212°F to 180°C or 356°F. Here is some information on this tricky subject. [Translator's note: the terms used below correspond to the French tradition, as often...
33,6115/5 for 19 ratings 43 min.
[How to cook caramelized puff pastry well]
How to cook caramelized puff pastry well
When puff pastry is caramelized to use in patisseries like millefeuille, French chefs call it a "feuilletage" (which means "lamination" or "leafing"). This is baked on its own before being assembled with cream, fruit, etc. The baking needs to be carefully managed: the pastry should puff into layers,...
5,2615/5 for 19 ratings 36 min.
[You should not leave egg yolks in contact with sugar]
You should not leave egg yolks in contact with sugar
You should not leave egg yolks in contact with sugar for too long without beating them, because this contact "cooks" egg yolks and you will get small lumps of hard egg in your mixture.
9,9905/5 for 18 ratings
[Brownie]
Brownie
Brownie is a traditional North-American recipe for a moist chocolate cake with pecan nuts.
18,6814.1/5 for 16 ratings 1 hour 3 min.
[Cranachan]
Cranachan
Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert made with whipped cream, raspberries, rolled oats and whisky. In this recipe, the oats are made into a nougatine before being incorporated into the cream.
17,731 14.1/5 for 16 ratings 42 min.
[Doughnuts]
Doughnuts
Ring doughnuts are a traditional American treat. In the United States they are part of the culture and come plain or with lots of different icings and toppings. Here is a recipe for plain doughnuts to which you can add your own choice of icing.
21,5354.7/5 for 15 ratings 3 hours 13 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...
33,3174.1/5 for 19 ratings 48 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".
10,1945/5 for 13 ratings 1 hour 42 min.
[Naan]
Naan
Naan is a type of Asian bread made from wheat flour. This kind comes from the Punjab region of India.
38,4994.2/5 for 10 ratings 3 hours 42 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.
27,1484.3/5 for 18 ratings 2 hours 34 min.
[Sushi]
Sushi
Sushi is probably the best known element of Japanese cooking outside Japan. For the Japanese it's a culinary art learned over time from masters, but we can make simplified and easier sushi which are still pretty and delicious. The most common types of sushi are nigiri: a little oval-shaped mouthfuls...
95,7404.5/5 for 11 ratings 1 hour 38 min.

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