French Essence # 3 – Macaroons à la Française

I have always thought of macaroons  (macarons)  as a particularly French delicacy, a delightfully diminutive  round cake, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites.  Endless varieties of flavouring and delicate pastel colours can be found in tempting tower displays in the finest French patisseries.  …

Sweets to the Sweet – BonBons and Marshmallows

For anyone with a sweet tooth France is probably the closest you can get to confection heaven.   Bonbons, dragées, macaroons, sweet cakes, patisseries, brioche, chocolate truffles, nougat, meringues – the list of sugary delights is long and enticing.  I have personally always had rather more of a weakness for savoury rather than sugary but…