Teatime in Paris by Jill Colonna (+ Giveaway!)

20 May 2015

If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you might already be familiar with today’s guest contributor. Jill Colonna, author of “Mad About Macarons” and one of my earliest Franco File Friday features, has just released her second book “Teatime in Paris“, in which she shares the best and easiest ways to make French pâtisserie classics at home, from madeleines to éclairs. While some desserts may appear hard to make, Jill breaks down each recipe with a simple step-by-step, making them more than suitable to prepare for your own teatime, wherever you may be. Here, she offers a few additional tips on preparing French pastry at home, sans stresse! See her five tips below and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win your own copy of Jill’s latest book! — 5 tips for no-stress French pastry baking at home — 1// Give yourself time with no distractions – or as little as you can. This should be a pleasure to make and ultimately a pleasure to share and taste. From experience, multi-tasking can result in missing out an important ingredient or weighing out the wrong measurement due to lack of concentration. The only […]…

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Franco File Friday: author Jill Colonna {+ a giveaway!}

9 September 2011

The trouble with French pastries is they quickly burn a hole in our wallets. Even those that are small in stature (but big on taste) can set us back at least 3€ a piece and frankly, I’d rather spend that on a few loaves of fresh, multi-grain bread from the bakery. Immaculate, refined and delicious though they may be, French patisseries remain a luxury for me – a splurge for a surprise, a birthday or to brighten a bad day. Macarons are undeniably the ultimate guilty pleasure of late, particularly for new expats who discover the plethora of flavors and specialists available in Paris. Associating “cute” with a dessert shifts thus from cupcakes to macarons – miniature and colorful, is there really a better word for them? But again, expensive. And especially expensive when you consider how quickly they’re consumed. So why not make our own? Jill Colonna, a macaron fan, sought to do just that. Motivated by expense and a solid challenge, Jill began baking macarons. Then photographing them. And then writing about them. Her days in Marketing for the OECD were far behind her – Jill had two kids to raise and impress with her treats! After 18 […]…

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