French-recipes

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

March 10, 2015

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

January 28, 2015

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

January 27, 2015

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

January 21, 2015

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?

October 30, 2013

Mother’s Day Brunch: Chive Omelettes With Smoked Salmon

French-style omelettes flavoured with chives and filled with slices of silky smoked salmon make the ultimate Mother’s Day brunch (served with fresh Mimosas of course!).

Serves 2. Preparation time: 10 min

Ingredients

100g Tassal Smoked Salmon slices

3 eggs

30ml cream

1 Tbsp water

2 tsp chives, chopped

2 tsp butter

1 spoonful creme fraiche, to serve

Lemon wedges & a sprig of dill, to serve

Salt & pepper, to taste

Method

1. Lightly beat eggs, cream, water, chives, salt and pepper.

2. Heat a 20cm non-stick pan. Pour in egg mix and cook, stir gently with spatula, drawing back the edges.

3. When starting to set and turn golden (but still a little runny on top), top with smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

4. Fold over the omelette onto itself. Serve with a lemon wedge and garnish with a sprig of dill.

Eggs? Pancakes? What’s your favourite brunch dish?

May 7, 2013

Apple Sage Tarte Tatin Recipe

This rustic tarte Tatin features Granny Smith apples and crisp puff pastry baked in a cast iron pan. It looks so impressive but couldn’t be easier to make – including the homemade caramel.

Serves 8. Prep Time: 20 minutes. Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) apple or pear cider

1/2 cup caster sugar

170g butter, cut into chunks

4 teaspoons molasses

4 apples, such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored and halved

1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Sage

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying (optional)

Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Clotted cream or whipped cream (optional)

Method

1. Bring cider to boil in 25cm cast iron frying pan on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in sugar; cook 5 minutes or until caramel begins to brown. Stir in butter and molasses until well blended. Carefully place apples, cut sides up, in caramel, packing them tightly. Cook 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with rubbed sage. Place puff pastry over apples, carefully tucking sides in.

3. Bake in preheated 200ºC oven 20 to 25 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes.

4. For the Fried Sage Leaves garnish, heat oil in small saucepan on medium-high heat. Fry 4 to 6 sage leaves at a time for 3 seconds or until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

5. Run a small knife around inside edge of frying pan. Place a serving platter over Frying pan. Using pot holders, quickly flip over frying pan and platter. Remove Frying pan. Apples should be on top and the puff pastry forming the crust. Cool to room temperature. Garnish with Fried Sage Leaves, and serve with cream, if desired.

Or to prepare in 9-inch cake pan with 2-inch sides:

1. Reduce cider as directed in large Frying pan. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar; cook on medium heat 5 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter and
4 teaspoons molasses until well blended. Add 3 apples, peeled, cored and halved; cook and stir 5 minutes. Pour caramel and apples into cake pan.

2. Arrange apples in single layer with cut sides up. Sprinkle with rubbed sage. Place puff pastry over apples, carefully tucking sides in.

3. Place in preheated 375°F oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Continue as directed.

What’s your favourite French dessert recipe?

March 15, 2013