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vanilla

  • Riz au Lait with Caramel Sauce

    by Audrey

    Riz au Lait with Caramel Sauce is what we call a recette de grand–mère, aka a “grandmother’s recipe”. Practically every French grandmother knows their way with pantry staples (rice, milk, sugar and vanilla) to make this creamy rice pudding topped with caramel sauce. This is a comforting and thrifty dessert that always pleases both kids and adults. 

  • French Antilles Coconut Flan (Flan Coco)

    by Audrey

    Known in France as “Flan Coco”, this famous Coconut Flan hails from the French Antilles. With the exotic flavors of coconut milk, shredded coconut and vanilla, this recipe may be a stretch from what you would expect of a classic French dessert, yet it is a very popular flan in mainland France too. Most French (myself included) love to indulge in the cuisine from the French Antilles Islands, and this flan may be one of their most beloved recipes to recreate at home.

  • Blood Orange Vanilla Marmalade

    by Audrey

    Marmalades and fruit jams of all kinds play a huge part in French gastronomy. Of course, they’re ubiquitous on the breakfast table, enjoyed with the staple bread and butter. But they’re also deeply anchored in a “no-waste” French philosophy. Making jams, marmalades and preserves has always been a privileged tradition in France for home-cooks to ensure no seasonal fruits went to waste, and that they could be enjoyed all year round. So with Spring just around the corner, I wanted to bid a proper farewell to Winter by jarring (literally)…

  • Parisian Vanilla Custard Pie (Flan Parisien)

    by Audrey

    Flans and custards of all kinds hold a high rank in French baking, and this Parisian Vanilla Custard Pie (more commonly known as a “Flan Parisien”) is no exception. This hefty pie features a sturdy, sandy blackened crust hiding a rich and creamy vanilla custard under a thick blackened skin. You’ll find it sold in most French bakeries, and basically every bakery in Paris, as it is inarguably a Parisian favorite. Like many rustic French flans, this Parisian Vanilla Custard Pie bears a black-spotted top that can give the impression…

  • Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake

    by Audrey

    This Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake is typically what we call a “Gâteau régréssif” in French – meaning it makes you feel like a kid again. Growing up in France, most kids (myself included) would often snack on hefty slices of “Savane“, an iconic French store-bought chocolate-vanilla Marble Cake. Seeing a loaf of “Savane” sitting on the kitchen table after school was simply the best!

  • Poached Pear Vanilla Yogurt Cake

    by Audrey

    A “Gâteau au Yaourt” (Yogurt Cake) is a simple French classic and is very often the first cake that kids learn to bake (I remember being taught to make a yogurt cake in our classroom when I was 6 or 7, using the yogurt pot as the measuring tool). It’s quick and easy, as you only need 1 bowl and 10 minutes of prep time. It’s moist, fluffy, and endlessly adaptable. It makes for a great recipe to have in your baking repertoire, that can be adjusted to any season or…

  • Basque Cake with Vanilla Cream

    by Audrey

    The Basque Cake ( in French “Gâteau Basque) is probably the most famous and traditional dessert from the Basque Region of France. Customarily prepared by women, this treat finds its origin back in the 19th century, and was only enjoyed on special occasions and during Sunday family gatherings. Pastry Chef Marianne Hirigoyen, from Cambo-Les-Bains, was the first to sell and introduce the Basque Cake at the Bayonne Market, making it become a popular dessert in France. Funny enough, it didn’t take much longer before the cake became famous in America…

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