Hedgehog Cookies (Easy)

These hedge­hog cook­ies are adorable and yum­my! I made them for my kids and they just loved it! The per­fect sweet treat! Hedge­hog Cook­ies Recipe My source of inspi­ra­tion was this French recipe, but I changed a few things to make it eas­i­er to make in the US. Note: you will need a pas­try brush […]

Pain Perdu (Original French Toast)

Pain Per­du, which in French means “lost bread,” is the orig­i­nal way to make what Amer­i­cans call “French Toast”. The French recipe is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from Amer­i­can recipes. The French recipe is meant to revive stale bread, as a way to pre­vent waste. By soak­ing the bread in a sweet milk and egg mix­ture, […]

Red Grape Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruits, arranged in a but­tered dish, and cov­ered with a sweet flan-like-bat­ter. Cher­ries are the most com­mon fruit used for clafoutis, but any fruit can be used. Since cher­ries are not cur­rent­ly in sea­son, I decid­ed to make a red grape clafoutis, which turned out to be deli­cious! […]

Onion Tarte Tatin (Upside-down Tart)

This Onion Tarte Tatin is a fun way to make an onion tart, apply­ing the tra­di­tion­al apple tarte tatin tech­nique to onions. The idea is to cook the onions in a skil­let on low heat, with the sweet fla­vors of hon­ey and cin­na­mon, along with nut­meg, pep­per, and bal­sam­ic vine­gar to top it off. Then, […]

Mushroom Quiche (Easy)

Vis­it­ing my in-laws for the hol­i­days, I was asked to make quiche, and since they like mush­rooms, it end­ed up being a mush­room quiche. This mush­room quiche is easy-to-make and deli­cious! Every­one loved it!   Recipe As always with quiche, you will need to either make the quiche crust your­self (recipe here) or buy an […]

Tarte au Sucre (Sugar Pie)

Tarte au Sucre is a spe­cial­i­ty from North­ern France, the city of Lille and its sur­round­ings. Though it is called a tart, it is more akin to a sweet pas­try. It ressem­bles a brioche with a sug­ary creamy fill­ing. Tarte au Sucre is very much sweet com­fort food, a very com­fort­ing note to the end […]

Gateau de Savoie (Light Airy Cake)

The Gateau de Savoie is a light airy cake, named after the Count of Savoie who invent­ed it in the 14th cen­tu­ry. After the French rev­o­lu­tion, two parisian chefs came up with the idea of using starch instead of flour, mak­ing the cake even more airy. Gateau de Savoie is deli­cious as a dessert or […]

Chocolate Tart

This Choco­late Tart is a French clas­sic. It is deli­cious, and quite easy to make. The per­fect dessert for choco­late lovers!   A few notes about the recipe Though you could use heavy whip­ping cream, I decid­ed to use sour cream for the choco­late fill­ing. It turned out deli­cious. Since this dessert is a tart, […]

Valentine’s Day Cookies

My Valen­tine’s Day Cook­ies are sim­i­lar to the Hal­loween Sablés Cook­ies I loved mak­ing for Hal­loween. The idea is the same, but, since these are Valen­tine’s day cook­ies, I am using heart-shaped cook­ie cut­ters and straw­ber­ry pre­serve for the red col­or. I also decid­ed to use a dif­fer­ent recipe for the dough, that does not […]

Pains au lait (with chocolate chips)

Pains au lait are deli­cious sweet but­tery buns, per­fect for break­fast or sweet after­noon snacks. They are easy to make, and kids love them! Pain au lait is a lit­tle sim­i­lar to brioche as it is sweet bread, yet dif­fer­ent, in that the only liq­uid used is milk. Hence the name: “pain” means “bread,” and […]

Nutella® Soufflé (Easy)

This is my French con­tri­bu­tion to Super Bowl Par­ty Food: Nutel­la® Souf­flé! Easy to make, and deli­cious! Plus, because it is a souf­flé, it is actu­al­ly quite light, while still hav­ing the deli­cious taste of Nutel­la®. This is a dessert every­one loves, includ­ing kids! Great par­ty food, or a fun way to end a meal! […]

Savory Buckwheat Crepe

Tomor­row, Feb­ru­ary 2nd, is the French hol­i­day of “Chan­deleur,” when the French tra­di­tion­al­ly eat crepes to cel­e­brate. In France, the savory crepes are made of dark buck­wheat flour, where­as the sweet crepes are made of white all-pur­­pose flour. Most Amer­i­cans are famil­iar with the white crepes, but less so with the buck­wheat crepes, so I […]

Tarte Tropezienne

The Tarte Tropezi­enne was cre­at­ed in the beau­ti­ful town of Saint Tropez, on the French Riv­iera.  As the sto­ry goes, famous French actress Brigitte Bar­dot fell in love with the dessert while film­ing a movie there, and sug­gest­ed the name “tarte tropezi­enne.” The cake was there­after named “tarte tropezi­enne.” It is com­posed of a brioche […]

Pommes au Four (Baked Apples)

Pommes au four (French for baked apples) come in so many dif­fer­ent fla­vors. My favorite recipe is sim­ple, but absolute­ly scrump­tious: baked apples in a light caramel sauce. It requires few ingre­di­ents, is easy to make, and total­ly deli­cious! An easy dessert for the whole fam­i­ly to enjoy! Pommes au Four Recipe Recipe in French […]

Galette des Rois (French King Cake)

In France, on the fes­ti­val of Epiphany on Jan­u­ary 6, it is cus­tom­ary to eat a King cake called Galette des Rois (roi means king, in French). The galette is a puff pas­try filled with frangi­pane. It con­tains a small hid­den object (usu­al­ly, a small fig­urine or a bean). Who­ev­er gets the slice with the […]

Pear Tart (Tarte Bourdaloue)

I love this deli­cious pear tart filled with a sweet almond paste. It is one of my favorite French desserts! The tart was invent­ed in a pas­try shop on Bourdaloue street in Paris, hence the name Tarte Bourdaloue. This French clas­sic is absolute­ly deli­cious! Recipe I tried many recipes for the Tarte Bourdaloue, and my […]

Chocolate Truffles (Very Easy)

Choco­late Truf­fles are deli­cious choco­lates, espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar dur­ing the hol­i­days. This recipe is so easy that kids can make the choco­late truf­fles them­selves. It is fun to make as your roll the truf­fles in cocoa pow­der! A great activ­i­ty, and a deli­cious sweet treat for the hol­i­days!   Choco­late Truf­fles Recipe I am using the […]

Holiday Cookies in 3 Flavors

These deli­cious French hol­i­day cook­ies are all made with the same dough, but come in 3 dif­fer­ent fla­vors: man­darin, vanil­la, and cin­na­mon. So fun to be able to enjoy 3 dif­fer­ent fla­vors in the same batch of cook­ies! Plus, the recipe is quick and easy! Uten­sils I used a cook­ie press to make my cook­ies. […]

Bûche de Noël (French Christmas Cake)

Bûche de Noël, which lit­er­al­ly means Christ­mas Log, is the tra­di­tion­al French dessert for Christ­mas day. Christ­mas fig­urines or oth­er Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are usu­al­ly placed on the log. It comes in all fla­vors, and there are many dif­fer­ent tech­niques to make the cake. For my bûche de Noël, I chose a tra­di­tion­al recipe of a […]

Pretty Apple Rose Tarts

These pret­ty apple rose tarts are so beau­ti­ful, they look like ros­es! But don’t be fool by their appear­ance, they are actu­al­ly easy to make once you know the tech­nique. And the result is impres­sive: deli­cious, and beau­ti­ful! Just made them for my in-laws, and they were so impressed! You can eas­i­ly learn to make […]