Bread in all of its varieties is wonderful in whatever area of France you may be in. We love fresh bread and I bake at least one a week at home in England, particular French or Italian bread, try Provencal fougasse, it’s delicious warm out of the oven on its own or with cheese and wine.
One of the culinary joys this time of year is the new season of walnuts. Rich in fibres, an excellent source of manganese and essential vitamins.
The walnuts add a wonderful flavour to the bread, its a real treat eaten with cheese.
DATE AND WALNUT LOAF
If you only bring one thing from the Perigord Noir, it must be walnuts. This region is famous for them in their many forms from fresh or prepacked walnuts in the local markets to walnut wine, walnut liqueur, walnut gateau and not forgetting walnuts in chocolate or caramel.
All are just delicious. Every time we go to France I bring back a few prepacked packets of walnuts.
This is a tried and trusted recipe. Date and walnut loaf
RICH FRUIT CAKE
The recipe is adapted from a 1972 Family Circle magazine.
BÛCHE DE NOËL
The literal translation of Buche de Noel is Christmas log and it is thought that this chocolate flavoured sponge replaced the centuries-old tradition of choosing and burning a Yule log when open fires became less commonplace.
GÂTEAU AU CHOCOLATE
I made this as our New Year treat. However, I did point out to Paul that this was my first attempt at making this gâteau so it may not turn out right, in fact he may not see it at all. I’m glad to say the gâteau did cook perfectly it looked and tasted good and tasted a lot lighter than I expected for a dense chocolate gâteau.
YORKSHIRE SULTANA AND LEMON TEACAKES
Yorkshire, home of cricket, real ale and wool. The English county nestled in the north east is also known for its tea, and traditional Yorkshire teacake is the perfect accompaniment. The Yorkshire teacake is best enjoyed with a cup of tea, split, toasted and buttered, the currant-filled baked treat is an indulgent pleasure that is delicious.
This is for about six people
STRAWBERRY YOGHURT ICE CREAM
This yogurt ice cream is delicious and so refreshing on a hot summers day. It has a high fruit content which gives it a slight texture. It is best eaten when half-frozen.
Only Calories per serving: 195 Low in fat and cholesterol, high in vitamin C
On a hot day there is nothing more refreshing than home made lemonade.
This particular variety is made with honey.