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French Chocolate Mendiants, the Holiday Confection

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! What better way to kick off the holiday season than with these sweet treats! Mendiants are a traditional French confection made with melted chocolate and any topping of your choice. I have a sweet tooth so this is a perfect dessert that’s easy to make especially when you’re a working professional, busy parent or simply on the go. I’ve also always wanted to travel to France one day so this is the closest I’ll get in experiencing the culture! If you are assigned with the desserts at your upcoming holiday party or doing last minute holiday shopping, this one is for you. Preparation Time: 5 min Cook Time: 5 min Rest Time: 20 min   Ingredients for 45 servings…

Honey-Roasted Plums

Last weekend I found myself with overripe plums in my kitchen. I didn’t want to go super fancy and make a Clafoutis or a Crumble (here’s my recipe for the savory Crumble -perfect to pack for work  & lunchbox duties!). But then it hits me! My mother used to make us roasted plums almost every Sunday nights. It’s quick and easy,  but looks pretty fancy too. To keep it healthy, my hack is to replace the sugar with some honey. Like this, you’ve got all the benefits from natural honey and not the negative effects of the refined sugar. Anyway, let me introduce the honey-roasted plums recipe. After being roasted, the plums are packed with intense-sweet and juicy flavor. The Crème fraîche brings a nice refreshing taste of…

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mousse

When chocolate was brought to France in the 1500s, chefs and bakers began to experiment and create new desserts, which led to the creation of this delectable treat centuries later. Today the Mousse Au Chocolat is a favorite in France, and my favorite variation of this dessert includes raspberry toppings. I love getting creative with the presentation of this treat by putting in different containers: think anything from muffin tins, to mini cocottes, to chocolate shells. This recipe is perfect for the next occasion you want to outshine the main course of a dinner with a sweet yet refreshing dessert. Preparation Time: 1h Ingredients for 8 4 3.5-oz 75% dark chocolate bars 6 egg whites 6 egg yolks ¼ cup of butter Pinch of salt 4…

3 best French Crêpes fillings

French Crepe

As you probably know, as French, we love crêpes. First, because it’s really good, but also very versatile. When I was young, my mother started a fun family tradition. Every Sunday, she used to make crêpes and prepare bowls full of fresh vegetables and different choices of meat. Now, I can clearly see what was her secret goal for us: eating our veggies. And to be honest it worked! With my sister, we always had a lot of fun mix matching ingredients to fill our crêpes. So, whether it is to eat a healthy meal or to make it easy for the cook, rest assure that a French Crêpe Bar will make everyone happy! Before starting and if you missed it, here’s Anne-Sophie Grandma’s crêpe recipe….

Chestnut Milkshake recipe

Do you love milkshakes? Cause, I do! They’re full of flavor and are so thick and creamy, Yummy! Refreshing and savorous that recipe is just the perfect one to enjoy during summer. After our delicious autumnal mugcake -  here is another chestnut recipe for you to enjoy this summer. My mom used to say “nature’s candy” to describe chestnut, in a futile attempt to get me to think that eating chestnut spread was as exciting as eating nutella. Well, it took me a few years, but I’ve finally come to agree with her. Chestnut spread is just as sweet, and even more delicious than many other chocolate spreads. Plus, they’re an important sources of vitamins and minerals too! Well, now you can make a quality chestnut milkshake in...

Grandma’s Crepes Recipe

When I was a child, I used to visit my grandmother every single weekend. At 4pm, for Gouter time (French afternoon snack), she used to welcome us with warm crepes and a delicious hot chocolate. From breakfast to dinner or from sweet to savory, crepes are so versatile, that’s why French people love them! So, since there's nothing better than savouring the taste of a classic family recipe, and my grandma cannot make her famous melt-in-your-mouth crepes for all of you - I have decided to share one of my family’s secrets. I am so happy to share this amazing and simple recipe with you all, so here is my Grandma’s Homemade Crepes Recipe: Preparation Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 25 min Ingredients for 15 crepes 3...

Beautiful Apple & Honey Tartlets

I happen to think honey is nature’s little miracle. Besides from its many health benefits and being an anti-bacterial, it’s also a natural sweetener! To honor this incredibly versatile food, we’ve conjured up an equally delicious Apple & Honey Tartlet recipe with a touch of fig jam. It’s easy to make, and you can avoid the fight-for-the-last-piece with individual servings! Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes   Ingredients for 2 Apple & Honey Tartlets: 1 sheet of puff pastry 2 eggs, beaten 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced 1 Granny Smith apple, mashed 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup of Lavender Honey 1 tbsp of Fig Jam 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice   Directions: Crust 1. Cut puff pastry and place it into two separate...

Delicious Salted Caramel Apple Pops

I’ve had a pretty strong sweet tooth ever since I was a child. I could probably count on one hand the total amount of times I’ve denied dessert, and that is usually because I already had some. My sister, on the other hand is the complete opposite, therefore, I’ve made it a personal challenge to find sweet goodies that she’d like. One of the few that made it on her list is Salted Caramel Apple Pops. It must be the sharp contrast between the smooth, sweet coating of caramel, and delicious crunch & freshness of the apple that makes this a well-loved treat. Here’s a quick and fun recipe that will enlighten any snack smorgasbord. These bite-sized Salted Caramel Apple Pops are a great addition...

French Hot Chocolate Recipe

Winter is already well-settled, so it’s time to start cocooning all weekend long! One of my great pleasures, when I’m in Paris and the temperature is dropping, is sipping a cup of rich hot chocolate - a Chocolat Chaud - in a cozy café. I’m a voracious chocolate lover and I can’t ever get enough of this thick, gloriously rich and delicious concoction. So when I deeply feel the desire for chocolate, I’d make this quick and easy recipe and feel really good instantly. Follow these really easy steps to make a dark hot chocolate that tastes just like the kind served in Paris cafés! Add a cozy place in your home and a good book and you’re all set for a relaxing winter afternoon....

Fig Jam Mini Muffins Recipe

One of the best things about winter is that you can eat as much as you want, however you want. No judgement. Although we can never get sick of ham, mashed potatoes, and any comfort food, it’s always fun to add a little creativity to the table. This yummy Fig Jam Mini Muffins recipe requires very little effort and you won’t feel guilty about having seconds (plus, it’s easier to make from scratch than any pies!). So grab your apron and get ready for praises from your dinner guests! Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes Ingredients for 12 mini muffins: 1 egg 1 cup flour ½ cup Alain Milliat Purple Fig Jam ½ cup sugar ¼ cup melted butter ¾ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon...
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