Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Though I love cook­ing and bak­ing French food, every once in a while, I like to try an Amer­i­can sta­ple like Banana Bread. My in-laws make the best Choco­late Chip Banana Bread, and for years, I have been enjoy­ing their deli­cious Banana Bread, until it dawned on me to ask them for the recipe. It’s […]

Langues de chat (Crispy Vanilla Cookies)

Langues de chat are French cook­ies that resem­ble the tongue of a cat. Hence the name “langues de chat”, which means “cat tongues” in French. These cook­ies are flat and crispy, with a light vanil­la fla­vor. They go extreme­ly well with cof­fee or tea. And they are very easy to make! In only 10 min­utes, […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poires Belle Hélène (Poached Pears)

Poires Belle Hélène is a French dessert con­sist­ing of pears poached in sug­ar syrup, served with melt­ed choco­late. It was cre­at­ed by French chef Auguste Escoffi­er in the 19th cen­tu­ry, and named after the operetta La Belle Hélène by Offen­bach. Poires Belle Hélène is a sim­ple, yet refined dessert. Often served with vanil­la ice cream, […]

Light Chocolate Mousse

Choco­late Mousse is a deli­cious, yet light, French dessert. The two main ingre­di­ents are dark choco­late and eggs. There is no but­ter and no flour, which makes it a very light non-fat­ten­ing dessert. And it is still deli­cious­ly sweet! It is easy to make, and you can pre­pare it in advance. All in all, a […]

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. […]

Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Cookies

So many com­mer­cial cook­ies in the US con­tain high fruc­tose corn syrup and/or arti­fi­cial col­ors, it makes sense to bake home­made cook­ies with sim­ple whole­some ingre­di­ents. Kids love these choco­late-vanil­la swirl cook­ies, and they are easy to make. They are def­i­nite­ly worth a try to give you the peace of mind to know exact­ly what […]

Far Breton (Prune Cake)

The Far Bre­ton is a tra­di­tion­al prune cake from the Brit­tany region (North-West of France). It is sim­i­lar to a clafoutis, but with more of a flan-like tex­ture. It is deli­cious, and very easy to make. As an added bonus, it will get you to eat prunes, which have many health ben­e­fits. Win, win!