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Make French Croissants From Scratch

If you think you can resist a homemade, French-style croissant, then you’re just lying to yourself!

Rather than buying a pack of six from the local supermarket, create them at home from scratch – did we mention it only takes 30 minutes once the dough is complete?

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Makes 4

Ingredients

175g white flour

1 sachet yeast

1 eggs

38ml full cream milk

25ml double cream

1 tbsp caster sugar

1/2 tsp salt

125g butter

Method

  1. Combine the flour and yeast into a cup of warm water and let it begin to froth in a warm place.
  2. Whisk the egg, milk, sugar, cream, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the yeast mixture afterwards.
  3. Combine the cubed butter into the bowl and transfer to a flat surface. Knead until all of the ingredients have combined.
  4. Fold the dough in thirds, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the dough is ready, cut into quarters, then again into 2 triangles. Roll them into the shape of a croissant and place onto a tray with baking paper.
  6. Brush the croissants with an egg white and bake for 30 minutes at 180ºC (400ºF).

Image via Mama Liga

Delicious Summer Fruit Crepes Recipe

Nothing screams summer more than delicious seasonal fruits for dessert every evening (if you have an enormous sweet tooth!).

A fruit crêpe is the ideal treat after a long afternoon of swimming at the beach, followed by a delicious summer barbecue with friends and family. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare and tastes amazing paired with a cocktail or sweet tea.

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Ingredients

1 cup flour

300ml full cream milk

1 egg

20g butter (softened)

1 cup of your favourite summer fruits

2 tbsp jam

Method

  1. Combine the jam and summer fruits into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to allow everything to mesh together. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, egg and milk. Whisk together until smooth before adding the melted butter.
  3. Add a little olive oil into a frying pan, and transfer one ladle of batter. Cook until each side is golden brown before flipping to the other side. This recipe will make about four large-sized crêpes, but you can always decrease the serving size to make more.
  4. Serve each crêpe (either rolled up or laid flat) with the jam and summer fruits garnished over the top. Add some powdered sugar, chocolate or whipped cream for extra flavour.

Image via Alexandrea Hickey

Traditional French Toast Recipe

Did you know that the first mention of French toast was in the 14th century? This traditional French delicacy is soaked in a bowl of milk and eggs, then fried until golden brown.

While there are many modern adaptions which include delicious fruits and syrup, we have tracked down the perfect recipe which will become your holy grail!

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Ingredients

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup half and half

3 eggs

2 tbsp honey

1/4 tsp salt

4 tbsp butter

1/2 loaf of sliced bread

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
  2. Whisk together the milk, half and half, eggs, honey and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Soak each slice of bread for 10 seconds on each side, and transfer onto a tray.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of butter into a flat pan, and cook the toast on both sides until golden brown in colour.
  5. For extra crunch and texture, then bake in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favourite scoop of vanilla ice cream, powdered sugar, syrup, and seasoned berries.

Image and Recipe via Laundry in Louboutins, My Invisible Crown

Delicious Creme Brulee Recipe

Why travel to Paris for a mouth-watering crème brûlée when you can make one at home? Not only is this much-loved French dessert easy to make, but our recipe takes less than 30 minutes and the results are incredible! So clear your schedule and invite some friends and family over for this yummy treat tonight.

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Ingredients

4 egg yolks

40ml sugar

1 vanilla pod

250ml cream

Caster sugar (to sprinkle on top)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (400ºF).
  2. Combine all the egg yolks, sugar, and mix a few at a time.
  3. Slice open the vanilla pod, and remove the seeds with a sharp knife. Add these seeds into the previous mixture, then pour into ramekins.
  4. Place all the ramekins in a heat-proof dish with cold water, this will help the crème brûlée to form an even consistency.
  5. After you have removed them from the oven, let them cool. Place into the fridge overnight so the entire mixture can set.
  6. The next morning, sprinkle some caster sugar over each pod, and caramelise under the grill. Easy!

Image and Recipe via Nigella, Kuchenne Love Story

Easy Dinner Recipes: Clafoutis Provencal

This French baked vegetable and egg dish is one of our favourite French Women Don’t Get Fat easy dinner recipes by Mireille Guiliano. It’s a great way to use up those leftover vegetables lurking in your fridge, and is delicious hot, warm or room temperature.

To make this easy dinner even quicker, sauté your vegetables the night before and refrigerate them, then just whip up the egg ricotta batter, fold the veggies in and dinner is ready in 30 minutes!

We had cherry trees in our garden, and from the time I was eight, I got to climb the ladder (and some branches) and pick cherries. My little girlfriends and I would sometimes overeat the fresh cherries, but there was still enough to bring back to my mom, who used them to make a clafoutis, baking the fresh fruit in a custardy batter in a round baking dish. The curious name for this dessert comes from the verb clafir, ‘to fill up’, because you fill up the batter and mould with fruit, most commonly cherries. Clafoutis usually refers to a dessert preparation, but in Provence it can be a savoury yet still rich dish with cheese, eggs and bread – Mireille Guiliano.

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 20-25minutes 
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small eggplant, cut into 1cm dice
1 yellow capsicum, seeded and cut into 1cm dice
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 slice bread, crusts removed
2 cloves garlic, peeled
225g ricotta
3 eggs
2 tablespoons finely shredded fresh basil leaves
50g black olives, pitted and halved
110g grated parmesan
butter, softened, for baking dish
fresh basil, for garnish

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180ْ C.

2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan and sauté eggplant and capsicum until softened, about 6 minutes. Season to taste and set aside to cool.

3. In a food processor, combine bread, garlic, ricotta and eggs and blend until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper and using a spatula, fold in 1 tablespoon basil, the olives, parmesan, eggplant and capsicum.

4. Pour the mixture into a lightly buttered 21cm square baking dish and bake until lightly golden, 30 to 35 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with basil.

What are your favourite easy dinner recipes?

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