French recipes

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Perfect your patisserie skills and make your own eclairs.

The French are famed the world over for their rich cuisine and for their expertise in wine, cheese and pastries.

Without the French, dishes such as the cassoulet, gratin, terrine and confit meats would not exist - or not as we know them - and desserts such as mousse may never have been invented. Shock horror!

Learning the tricks of classic French cuisine has been a starting point for many of the world's top chefs, as well as many local superstars; think Vue de Monde's Shannon Bennett.

For the home cook, mastering some basic French dishes can also be the key to improving your skills in the the kitchen, and in the very least, adding something special to future dinner parties.

 

Coq au vin.

Coq au vin

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (18)
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Duck confit

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Grilled aged rib-eye with Bearnaise sauce.

Grilled aged rib-eye with Bearnaise sauce

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Difficult

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (13)
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Beef bourguignon

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Confit duck leg

Confit duck leg

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Jeremy & Jane Strode

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
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Simple cassoulet

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Rack of lamb with roasted tomatoes and bearnaise sauce.

Rack of lamb with roasted tomatoes and bearnaise sauce

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Lynne Mullins

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Double-baked gruyere souffle.

Double-baked gruyere souffle

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Jeremy and Jane Strode

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Croque monsieur

Croque monsieur

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Duck cassoulet.

Duck cassoulet

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Salmon and spinach en croute with dill creme fraiche.

Salmon en croute with dill creme fraiche

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
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Honey-spiced coffee madeleines

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Choux pastry eclairs.

Eclairs

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Oeufs a la neige (meringues in custard).

Ouefs a la neige

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Difficult

Neil Perry

Apple Tart Tartin by Karen Martini. To be used for upcoming recipe pages in Epicure/Good Food. Styling by Marnie Rowe, photographs by Marcel Aucar. Please credit.

Apple tarte tatin

  • 2 hrs +
  • Difficult

Karen Martini

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
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Croissants

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Never-fail hot raspberry souffle.

Never-fail hot raspberry souffle

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Luke Mangan

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Frozen raspberry souffle

Frozen raspberry souffle

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
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Dark chocolate mousse

  • 2 hrs +
  • Easy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Rich chocolate mousse

Rich chocolate mousse

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (24)
Chocolate macaroons

Chocolate macaroons

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Stephanie Alexander

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (28)
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Basic crepes

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Apple crepes.

Apple crepes

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)