Mchewek

Mchewek are an old Algerian pastry, similar to the French Petits Fours served with coffee or tea. These delicious and pleasant delicatessen are made with almond paste, then rolled into almond flakes. Simple to make and extremely delicate “en bouche”. Mchewek in Arabic means thorny! Ingredients: 300g of almond powder 100g of caster sugar 1/2 spoon…

Macarons of Nancy

Everyone knows macarons, the little round cookies.They come in pastel colors filled with a ganache or jam in the middle and on sale everywhere. There is another version of macarons, more rustic, golden brown color. This version is made with almond powder, egg white, and icing sugar. These macarons are from Nancy, the capital of…

Galettes with Orange Blossom Water

I think we all love cookies (including biscuits and galettes). Simple, flavored, aromatic, sweet, or salty. Here is an easy recipe of Galette made with flour, almond powder and of course with orange blossom water to enhance the aroma. We used to make them all the time when I was a child. Perfect recipe to bake…

Little Palmiers

Yet another recipe for my puff pastry recipe! The little palmiers are a simple, classic, French little treat. They are very easy to prepare, all you need is a good quality of puff pastry and sugar! They are also called elephant ears when they are on sale in large size. Serves: 20 Ingredients: 300g of…

Palets Bretons

Palets Bretons are French butter cookies from Brittany (located North West of France). They are crunchy and a little bit salty. They are made with only a few ingredients; sugar, eggs, salted butter, flour and baking powder. They are on sale everywhere in France. This is my surprise for Fiesta Friday with our great hostess Angie from The…

Strawberry Jam Cookies, Sablés à la Confiture de Fraises

Here is my little Strawberry Jam Cookies for Fiesta Friday #17. I always like simple cookies, as I find they go so well with a good afternoon tea or coffee. I have always made cookies or Sablés (in French), and they are very easy to make! Thank you, Angie (from The Novice Gardener), Jhuls (from The…

Pistachio Biscotti, Croquets à la pistache

I have always had a soft spot for anything crispy, crack in the tooth that smells pistachio, the bitter almond or orange blossom with my coffee or tea. Today I propose you a simple recipe for Pistachio Biscotti and this is what I will be bringing to this Fiesta Friday, hosted by Angie. Serves 12/14…

French Meringues.

There are 3 different types of Meringue: the French, the Italian and the Swiss. I opted for the French, it’s the easy one. Perfect for tarte (pie). Serves 20 Ingredients: 4  egg whites 200g of granulated white sugar 50g of ice sugar 2 drops of food coloring (green for me) Pinch of salt Procedure: Grease…

French Madeleines

Let us be grateful to the people who makes us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust, french novelist. In his book “the Swann’s way”, the famous passage of the Madeleines. Madeleines are a delicious scallop shaped sweet ‘gourmandise’, savored with a fragrant cup of tea. Serves 18 Madeleines…

Small Rings with Hazelnuts.

Serves 30 Ingredients: 350g of roasted  ground hazelnuts 300g of melted butter 200g of caster sugar 2 eggs 500g of all purpose flour 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar Procedure: In large bowl mix the melted butter, the sugar, and the vanilla sugar. Add the eggs (together) and  hazelnuts. Mix again and slowly add the flour….