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Moist buttery almond French teacakes made with egg whites, browned butter, ground almonds, sugar and a little flour. Authentically shaped as a gold bar or oval to reflect the cake's history. Makes 18 classic financier cakes (or 30 mini).
A rustic yet moist Corsican-inspired banana bread recipe using chestnut flour and chestnut paste and glazed with melted honey - ideal for teatime or breakfast.
Our family favourite adapted by Bernard Loiseau's recipe: semolina pudding given a French cake makeover, topped with caramel and served with fruit coulis, fresh (or tinned) fruit or just a topping of warmed jam for the best comfort dessert
A French iced celebration cake that's easy to prepare in advance. Just add meringue to a layer of vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet and top with unsugared Chantilly cream, laced with Chambord raspberry liqueur (gluten free).
A French celebratory, gluten free moist chocolate and almond cake, made extra special with a hint of Grand Marnier and topped with a festive glaze.
A chilled healthy Apple crumble style cake - served chilled with a naturally sweet and spiced apple compote sandwiched between an oat and almond crumble
Known as Le Saint-Germain, this almond and rum cake was invented by the Patisserie Hardy in 1920, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Although the genuine recipe is a local secret, I have attempted to create something similar for those of you who cannot visit Paris.
Celebrate rhubarb and rose season with this financier style rose rhubarb orange cake, an easy French teatime treat with reduced sugar, making it also ideal for breakfast or brunch - or dessert served with rhubarb compote and some rose macarons.
A triple chocolate bunny cake that's great for Easter, birthdays or baby showers. Dark, bittersweet chocolate cake is topped with reduced sugar white chocolate buttercream and decorated with pink marzipan for the paws and ears. No packet mixes in sight!
A deliciously fondant dark, bittersweet fudgy chocolate cake with candied ginger for that extra kick - a French classic which can easily be turned into a gluten-free dessert by replacing the spoonful of flour with almond flour. Best made in advance and served next day at room temperature.
A reduced sugar chocolate banana marble cake (or banana bread) perfect for breakfast or brunch, either topped with roasted banana or served at teatime with a fudgy dark chocolate ganache.
A light, moist lemon cake made with ground almonds and soaked in tart lemon syrup that just happens to be gluten free. Decorate it for Easter with chocolate mendiants, mini Easter eggs and lemon macarons.
Matrimonial Cake that Granny used to make. Whether it's Canadian or Scottish, the result is just as delicious: dates sandwiched in an oat shortbread crumble crust.
Purple Carrot Cake, just as moist and tasty as orange carrot cake, but with reduced sugar, less oil and full of surprising health benefits
Chocolate Ginger Passion Cake, a simple moist chocolate cake with 3 types of chocolate, passion fruit and candied ginger. Topped with a chocolate glaze, this takes it over the edge!
Add a touch of zest to your baking with this sticky orange caramel cake with chestnut - perfect for teatime, dessert or even breakfast.
Light and fluffy Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake - a quick and easy classic dessert from Corsica using Brocciu ewe's milk (or ricotta) cheese and laced with lemon.
Rhubarb and Custard baked cheesecake has a French sablé breton butter biscuit base and decorated with strawberries
Quick recipe for French classic Moelleux au Chocolat or lava cakes with 5 basic ingredients. Easy to prepare, yet elegant to whip up in 30 mins for family or special occasions.