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    French desserts are like rain to the flowers! Got to have them!

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    This is one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever tasted (and I don't really like chocolate cakes that much!). It's dense but not too sweet so you can eat heaps of it if you like. It will keep in the fridge for a few days. This recipe comes from a book called "French food and cooking" by Carole Clements and Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen.

    Recipe #240604

    Wonderful French Dessert. Different, simple to make with a fantastic presentation. Hope you enjoy!

    Recipe #135118

    A delicious layered dessert. Puff pastry, cream, strawberries = delicious!!! Posted for Zaar World Tour 2005.

    Recipe #134649

    This was a quick throw it together Sunday Lunch pudding idea - raid the freezer for all the nearly used bags of frozen summer fruits, such as cherries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, bilberries (blueberries), blackberries and strawberries. Fling them all into an ovenproof gratin dish; whizz up a shortbread crumble topping - and Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your aunt, as we say down our way!!!! We loved it, the combination of fruits was wonderful - and it is a great idea for using up whatever fruits you have lurking in your freezer. I am sure that fresh fruit would also be suitable. We like our fruits to be on the tart side - so pleased add sugar to taste! Serve the crumble with hot custard, cold custard, cream, ice cream, crème fraiche or whatever you fancy!

    Recipe #359834

    I love all manner of preserves, and crystallising flowers is a very therapeutic pastime if you have an hour to spare and some suitable flowers in your garden! Crystallised flowers add a touch of elegance to all manner of cakes, large and small. I love to decorate Fairy Cakes with them; they are also stunning on an Easter or Mothering Sunday Simnel Cake as well. Please make sure you take time to read my warning below about toxic flowers, and if in doubt - DO NOT use them PLEASE! Flowers that are suitable for crystallising are: Violets; Nasturtiums; Lavender flowers; Rose petals; Small rosebuds; Small mint leaves; Rosemary flowers and Primrose flowers. In this recipe, I have stipulated violets, these are my favourite flowers to preserve, and as I have so many growing in the garden each spring, I try to make enough to last me through Easter and beyond. They will keep quite happily in an airtight tin, in a cool, dry and dark place, for about 2 months. Oh yes, they look wonderful on trifles and sweet tarts too!

    Recipe #216296

    One of my recent cake inventions - a standard Victoria Sandwich Sponge with a few delicious additions! Fresh oranges and lemons, lemon curd, crystallised violets and mascarpone cheese make this basic sponge cake moist and special enough for the Easter Sunday tea-time table, or for Mum on Mother's Day! I used lemon curd for the icing, but orange curd would also work if you wanted a mellow flavour. I have a recipe for crystallised violets on Zaar, Recipe #216296, and if you don't have any fresh violets, use any sugar paste flowers or cake decorations that work for you - the object is to make a Posy of flowers! This makes a big cake with one layer, you can cut the cakes again and make a three layer gateau if you wish. This cake disappeared quite quickly, but if you have any left, it keeps EXTREMELY well in a tin for up to one week. The sponge cakes can be frozen before icing, cutting back on time if you are going to be busy for the special event.

    Recipe #362106

    With more egg than flour, homemade ladyfingers have a better taste and texture than the commercial product, and they are quick to put together. Many recipes call for beating the yolks with most or all the sugar, but that can make the yolks heavy, dry, and hard to fold with the other ingredients. The "meringue method," in which all the sugar is beaten into the whites, makes a puffier batter that doesn't spread when it's piped out.

    Recipe #362872

    From La Vie de Chambord, Volume 2. Chambord has a delicate black raspberry taste.

    Recipe #364049

    I couldn't find my recipe card for clafouti so I decided to look on rzaar, and was surprised with my results. Most of the recipes posted use very little milk and a lot of flour. My grandma is parisian, and this is her recipe for clafouti, it uses a fair amount of milk and little flour. We usually eat it for breakfast because it's pretty healthy (we use low fat milk). You can either use fresh or canned sliced fruit, bing cherries, reconstituted dried fruit, sliced apples, as long as it's not too acidic (pineapple and oranges would not work) I almost always use canned peaches. Sometimes if we really want this to make a hearty breakfast we add a couple more eggs. This isn't very sweet, so add more sugar if you prefer.

    Recipe #364734

    Fresh raspberries and a brulee topping contrast with the thick vanilla custard filling. A lovely summer tart.

    Recipe #365410

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