Tea Time Treats a la Francais – Classic Macarons and Quatre-quarts Recipes

Tea Time Treats a la Francais – French Tea Treat Recipes

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a variety of French Tea Treats arranged on a glass cake platter

Classic French Macarons Recipe:

The French macarons cookie is beloved in Parisian tea salons and cities all over France.  With a variety of color palettes and flavors, these french tea treats are fashionable cookies for gifting and also popular for baking during holidays and special occasions.  It is a delight to bite down into a light and crunchy cookie with either ganache, butter cream or jam filling found in the center.

This traditional French cookie may be sandwiched with flavored fillings of pastry cremes, fruit, ganache, or half dipped in chocolate.  They are a tasty treat to have on hand when guests drop by for a quick cup of tea

Check out Ellen’s Classic French Macarons Recipe.

Quatre-quarts Recipe:

A traditional French recipe. The French called the pound cake “quatre-quarts” which translates to four-quarters, meaning 1/4 of the recipe is flour, 1/4 sugar, 1/4 butter, and 1/4 eggs.


4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups sweet butter, softened
2 1/3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup finely-chopped almonds (optional)
Sliced pineapple (optional)
Large round cake pan, bundt pan, or loaf pan (buttered and floured)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Separate the egg whites from the yolks into two (2) bowls.

Lightly beat the egg yolks.  Add sugar and butter, beating continuously until the mixture is smooth.  Add lemon juice and flour, continue mixing until well blended.

Beat egg whites until firm peaks form.  Gently, fold stiffed egg whites into the batter.  Pour batter half way into a buttered and floured cake pan.

Note:  if chopped almonds are desired, sprinkle over the top of the cake before baking. Sliced pineapple may also be added to the bottom of the pan coated with butter and brown sugar, then add the batter and bake.

Bake 1 hour or until toothpick swipes clean.

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