These Gourgeres (pronounced “ goo-zhair”) originated in the Burgandy area of France and are now very popular throughout the country .These very French cheese puffs are made from same dough as cream puffs. They are crisp on the outside and the centre is flavoured with a beautiful combination of cheese and herbs. They can be served as an appetizer or as a dinner roll (or just because they taste so good!)
This is a favourite scone recipe from the Loire Valley. It is quite a rustic looking scone, packed with flavour and sweetness
There are dozens of French recipes using the humble potato. Here we have a loaf of bread which has potato, onions and a number of herbs to produce a very rustic looking loaf which is beautifully dense and full of flavour. It can be pulled apart or sliced and served alongside eggs and bacon for breakfast (toasted if you wish). A wonderful accompaniment to a hot bowl of soup, or to pull apart and have warm on it’s own, this loaf of bread won’t disappoint you when you try it.
This tart takes its name from Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera, where it is said to have originated in the mid 1940s and popularized in the 60s when St. Tropez became a tourist paradise.
This tart is not your typical tart. A tarte tropézienne is more like a baked doughnut that’s been filled with a creamy custard. The cake-y part of the tart is made with a brioche-like dough, so it’s not very sweet. The custard filling is sweet, which is what makes this some kind of dessert, although the French eat this tart as a snack or afternoon pick-me-up as well. The brioche/doughnut layer is light and fluffy, and of course the filling is delicious.
This classic French flat bread presents beautifully on a platter with olives and cheeses. They are abondent with flavour and are "melt in your mouth" delicious.
A very quick and easy cake to make. For this recipe I used frozen mango cheeks and frozen bananas with great success. Because this cake is so beautifully moist, I think it’s perfectly suited as an afternoon tea cake or desert with cream (or yoghurt) and topped with diced fresh mango.