Ooh la la and scones….

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I went to Paris last week with a couple of travel friends and ate an obscene amount of food, if only I could have eaten croissants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sigh. So here’s a few foodie highlights from the trip.

My friends and I found an absolute gem for breakfast called Holybelly, I had pancakes with eggs, bacon and heavenly syrupy butter one morning and eggs any way with two sides and sourdough bread another morning. The last day I finally had a baguette for lunch, it was delicious, the bread was crisp and light and the filling was lovely and fresh. The last picture above had to be taken because of the crazy amount of cheese on top of the quiche, cheese lovers heaven for sure.

A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without checking out Ladurée, they have quite the extensive choice of flavours here from liquorice to geranium. I was literally like a child in a candy shop, so much to choose from. I finally picked a sichuan pepper macaron and a chocolate blackcurrant macaron. I would have eaten them upstairs in the café but unfortunately you can only eat the macarons that are bought in the cafe upstairs, just a tad strange. They tasted lovely, I ate them while strolling along the street. The sichuan pepper was an unusual combination of peppery sweetness, quite a kick to them. The chocolate blackcurrant one was very morish, yummy.

Around every corner of Paris you’ll find a patisserie tempting you with all sorts of heavenly buttery pastries and freshly baked bread. We stopped in at this lovely spot and I had a puff pastry, it was soooo sweet and sugary but that didn’t stop me eating it. The second pastry was like a doughnut pillow, so cute and very light. There were creperies dotted around the city and by the final day I had given in and surrendered to a grand marnier crepe, orange liquor heaven, om nom nom.

The highlight of the trip was the most amaaaaazing almond croissant that I have ever tasted and I am currently searching for this recipe to recreate it. We stumbled upon this little patisserie on the way to the Eiffel Tower, we were wrecked after spending most of the day walking around and we grabbed a coffee and a pastry and with the view of the Eiffel Tower we ate this little piece of heaven. It was as if they had melted almond butter into the pastry, delicious. I barely scratched the foodie surface of Paris so I’ll definitely be heading back to eat more another day.

In keeping with the pastry theme I baked some raspberry and white chocolate scones. It was an easy enough scone recipe that I used from the BBCgoodfood recipe.

I preheated the oven to 220C and I put 350g of self-raising flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1tsp of baking powder into a big bowl and I rubbed in 85g of cubed, cold butter until it was fine and then I stirred in 3 tbsps of caster sugar.

I put 175ml of milk into a jug and popped it into the microwave for about 30 seconds. I stirred in 1tsp of vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice. I placed the baking sheet into the oven and poured the milk into the dry ingredients. I threw some flour onto the table and tipped out the dough, I folded the dough a couple of times and then tore up some raspberries and chopped up a bar of white chocolate.

I folded in the raspberries and chocolate and then added another spoonful of flour as it was a tad too wet. Then using a floured scone cutter I cut out 10 scones and placed them onto the baking tray. I brushed a whisked egg on top of each scone and popped them into the oven for 10/15 minutes.

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They tasted lovely and sweet, raspberries and white chocolate are an absolute match made in heaven.

 

 

 

 

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