French Pastry Religieuses au café
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Religieuses au Café: French Pastry for Bakers

Despite their amazing taste, the religieuses au café have recently been looked over by bakery lovers because they are not as easy to eat on the go as choux or éclairs are. You can even find specialized pastry boutiques in Paris, such as Popelini or l’éclair de Genie. The name means”nun” …

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Almond biscuits Tuiles aux amandes effilées
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Recipe for Sweet French Almond Biscuits

Perfect to use as an ice cream garnish, enjoy with your coffee and a café gourmand, or as a snack. Tuiles aux amandes are a fun and creative way to add a little sweetness to your day. Named after the shape of roof tiles that they resemble, the crunchy texture …

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Strawberry Lemon Mille-Feuille
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Strawberry and Lemon Mille-Feuille a Summer Dessert

Mille-feuille (pronounced meal foy), or thousand layers, is a rich dessert of several layers of crispy crunchy puff pastry layered with a pastry cream filling and/or fruit. In my version, I layered lemon curd, whipped cream, and ripe strawberries. If you do not have strawberries use other berries or even …

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Lavender Shortbread a Sweet Provencal Treat
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Lavender Shortbread a Sweet Provencal Treat

The following recipe for lavender shortbread is my Provencal take on the Scottish classic. However, let’s start with an introduction to baking with fresh lavender. I love nothing more than throwing a handful of fresh lavender or any other herb into my baking. It takes me to simpler times with …

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Madeleines Made Orange Blossom Water Madeleines à la fleur d'oranger
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Sweet Madeleines Made with Orange Blossom Water

The term “Madeleine” was used to describe a small cake in the 18th century and is now synonymous with France and its delicate desserts. There are many different ways to prepare madeleines, and they are a great treat to have on hand when inviting friends over for tea. This recipe …

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Calisson d'Aix Recipe
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Recipe for Calisson d’Aix a Traditional Sweet

Culinary references to a version of calissons lead to medieval Italy but these sweets are commonly associated with Aix-en-Provence – Calisson d’Aix. This came after 16th-century farmers planted the first almond crops in the region. These delicious calissons have been consistently made in the same way for many generations. Traditional …

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French Almond Financiers
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Recipe for Financiers a Sweet French Treat

Almond and browned butter are the main ingredients of a little French pastry called a financier. Originally, these pastries were called visitandines, named after the order of French nuns who created the recipe in the Middle Ages. I’m not sure in what shape the Sisters of the Visitation made them …

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Calissons d'Aix Recipe
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Calissons d’Aix a Recipe for Sweet Perfection

While Calissons d’Aix are a Provencal holiday treat —they are one of the thirteen traditional desserts served at Epiphany — I tried my first on a beautiful summer’s day in Aix-en-Provence. Candy is certainly not the only reason to visit Provence, but for this sweet treat, Aix marks the spot.

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My Grandmother's Chocolate cake Recipe
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Remembering My Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

A Book with Provencal Recipes: Small-town florist Natasha is determined to leave the past far behind her. But when she learns her ex-husband never told his family about their divorce – and that he needs her to accompany him on a trip to the French countryside – could love bloom …

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Salted Almond Praline Cake
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Salted Almond Praline Cake

Although it’s entirely possible to find trees growing in the wild, almonds are cultivated in Provence. This recipe for Salted Almond Praline Cake is a basic cake mix with a crunchy sweet topping. I know that I promised not to make another almond dessert, but who could resist this delicious …

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