French recipes

Ah France – the nation that gave rise to gratins, soufflés, steak frites and croque monsieur. There’s plenty to love about French cuisine, and here are some of the reasons we do.

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Ham and Boursin quiche with quail eggs

Quiche recipes

Ham and Boursin quiche with quail eggs

Debbie Major puts a clever twist on quiche Lorraine with this recipe using Boursin, quail eggs...

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Quiche lorraine

Quiche recipes

Quiche lorraine

Food writer Debbie Major gives her version of a classic quiche lorraine. A rich and...

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Smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade

Duck recipes

Smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade

Chef Henry Harris’ simple smoked duck starter is a great make-ahead recipe for Christmas Day....

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Roast duck breasts with agen prunes and armagnac

Duck recipes

Roast duck breasts with agen prunes and armagnac

Learn how to roast duck breasts in this impressive (yet achievable) dinner recipe from chef...

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Duck, pork belly and green olive terrine

Duck recipes

Duck, pork belly and green olive terrine

Henry Harris’ duck terrine recipe is a great starter for Christmas or, indeed, a swish...

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Olive cake

Savoury bread recipes

Olive cake

Whip up this easy-to-make, savoury olive cake from chef Lionel Levy of Alycone restaurant in...

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Madeleines with a lemon and thyme drizzle

Afternoon tea recipes

Madeleines with a lemon and thyme drizzle

Light and utterly elegant French madeleines are drizzled in a citrussy lemon and thyme icing....

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Steamed mussels with curry, leeks and saffron cream

Mussel recipes

Steamed mussels with curry, leeks and saffron cream

This recipe, known as mouclade in France, is traditionally made with shallots, white wine and...

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Strawberry tarts

Strawberry recipes

Strawberry tarts

These beauties will be met with oohs, aahs and ooh-la-las – and they taste every...

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Socca pizzas with taleggio and broccoli

Pizza recipes

Socca pizzas with taleggio and broccoli

These socca pizzas are made using gram flour making them naturally gluten-free. If you want...

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Moules Basquaise

Mussel recipes

Moules Basquaise

“These moules, from where the wild Atlantic meets the Pyrenees, have a distinctly southern flavour....

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Savoyarde bilberry tart

Sweet tart recipes

Savoyarde bilberry tart

“The Alps in summer are a pick-your-own bilberry buffet: the bushes line every path, laden...

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Summer broad bean cassoulet

Casserole recipes

Summer broad bean cassoulet

“If using fresh broad beans in place of the usual dried haricots strikes you as...

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Salade Lyonnaise

Healthy salad recipes

Salade Lyonnaise

“This bistro favourite conforms to the unwritten French rule that all salads require copious quantities...

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Saffron and orange blossom crème caramels with cardamom and orange rhubarb

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Saffron and orange blossom crème caramels with cardamom...

”That edge of dark, bitter caramel against the sweet, creamy custard makes for the most...

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Miso caramel banoffee éclairs

Afternoon tea recipes

Miso caramel banoffee éclairs

Ravinder Bhogal’s banoffee éclairs combine light choux pastry, a rich sweet and salty caramel and...

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Shallot and dill marinated beetroot carpaccio with crispy halloumi

Beetroot recipes

Shallot and dill marinated beetroot carpaccio with crispy...

Sharp marinated beetroot, salty halloumi shards and sweet pomegranate molasses combine in this elegant vegetarian...

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Chocolate and ginger studded frangipane galette

Sweet tart recipes

Chocolate and ginger studded frangipane galette

Flaky puff pastry, rich frangipane studded with salted chocolate and a scattering of crunchy almonds...

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Pissaladière

Savoury tarts

Pissaladière

Pissaladière originates from Nice, Southern France and consists of a flaky pastry tart topped with...

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Roasted vegetable ratatouille

Summer salads and sides

Roasted vegetable ratatouille

This cook-once, eat-twice roasted vegetable ratatouille recipe makes the most of ripe summer veg. It’s...

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Strawberry éclairs

Strawberry recipes

Strawberry éclairs

Filled with custard and topped with freeze-dried strawberries and icing, this strawberry éclair recipe makes...

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Confit duck with lentils

Duck recipes

Confit duck with lentils

Chef Henry Harris’s confit duck legs, served with lentils, may seem like a labour of...

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Classic canelés

Afternoon tea recipes

Classic canelés

Traditional French canelés are golden-brown with a crisp, shiny exterior and soft, custardy centre. Use Philippe...

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Easy steak, chips and salad with cheat’s béarnaise dressing

Valentine's Day recipes

Easy steak, chips and salad with cheat’s béarnaise...

Creamy béarnaise drizzled over tender steak is a great choice for a mid-week supper. Rustle...

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