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July 8, 2018


#Paris in July Biscuits Breton

by NancyElin

  • Biscuits Breton with Lemon Curd
  • …topped with whipped cream
  • ..meringue in photo but I prefer crème chantilly


  1. After dieting for 5 months
  2. ….it is time to bend over the saddle…and let go of the reins!
  3. This month during #ParisInJuly
  4. …I want either to
  5. bake, broil, braise,’buver’ (drink wine or cocktail)
  6. something French  every day!
  7. I’m using La Petite Cuisine à Paris by R. Khoo. (see Amazon).
  8. It is time to celebrate the summer and its fruit and fresh veggies
  9. …..before you know it it will be winter here!
  10. This is a delightful cake to enjoy
  11. …as a special treat for 14 juillet!
  12. I made the lemon curd ( see post July 3)
  13. Now it is time to make the basic biscuits Breton.
  14. To assemble, place a generous tablespoon of the lemon curd
  15. on top of the biscuits, followed by the whipped cream.
  16. Oven: 170 C (330 F) – 12-15 min


Biscuits Breton

  • 3 egg yolks ( in photo 2 yolks…but you must use 3!)
  • 125 gr softened butter
  • 200 gr flour
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt


  1. WHISK  butter, sugar, salt and zest  until a pale yellow color
  2. … add yolks and continue to WHISK.
  3. CHANGE  to DOUGH utensil
  4. …add flour and baking powder into batter —> MIX
  5. Wrap dough in cling foil.
  6. Chill 4 hrs or overnight
  7. Roll dough out to a 1/2 inch thickness
  8. ….and use  culinary circle forms to make a perfect round biscuit!
  9. Don’t remove the biscuit out of the form.
  10. Bake the biscuit in the form on a cookie sheet
  11. 170 C (330 F)  12-15 min  until golden.
  12. Ready to roll…!



  1. Conclusion: this recipe will make shortcakes.
  2. I used a biscuit cutter  to make the rounds
  3. I cooked the biscuit in the cutter.
  4. Later I used the cutter again to help me layer the cake with
  5. lemon curd….topped with whipped cream
  6. If you let the cake stand…(see photo) the curd will ooze
  7. and cover the cake giving it an elegant look!



Bon appétit!


Still  very hot in The Netherlands..

…enjoying a Crème de Cassis Spritzer!


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24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 8 2018

    Yum yum!!

    • Jul 8 2018

      It took me 3 days to make that little cake treat!
      1. lemon curd
      2. pâte sablée dough and chill in fridge overnight
      3. bake biscuits + assemble ‘le gâteau’ + coffee….

  2. Jul 8 2018

    Your little cakes must be delicious. I love lemon curd, and always adore tarte au citron in French patisseries. I’ve never seen this particular pastry there.

    best… mae

    • Jul 8 2018

      I substituted the short pastry dough used for tarte au citron with a shortcake texture. I prefer the taste of cake and lemon curd is great on anything!

  3. Jul 8 2018

    Delicious, creamy, lemony, buttery – does it get much better?

    • Jul 8 2018

      This is my all time favorite French treat! This was my ‘cooking challenge’ for the first week of #ParisInJuly (see blog post 01 July) Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  4. Jul 8 2018

    The little cakes look so good. I would never have the patience to bake like that. Enjoying your posts!!

    • Jul 9 2018

      When I cooking…I love the planning, shopping, chopping, cooking and cleaning involved in making a meal can feel like it takes forever. That’s because it does. But at the end I can sit back and enjoy this delicious cake…with lemon curd!

  5. Jul 9 2018

    Oh they look wonderful! Your three days of work paid off. I do love lemon curd so much.

    • Jul 9 2018

      If I made this recipe again I be finished in a flash. It was just the adventure that took so much time. Will it rise? Will it be too dry? How do I make a perfect circle? Why does the lemon curd take so long to thicken? Yes, as Linda @ A La Carte ( see about comment)….you have to be patient but it is worth it!

  6. Jul 9 2018

    That looks really delicious!

    • Jul 9 2018

      As I sit here…I still can taste the tangy lemon curd I think what Proust had with Madeleines….I have with Biscuits Breton! Thanks for your comment!

  7. Wow, looks wonderful, and I am sure it tastes delicious. Wish I was there for a taste. Quite impressive.

    • Jul 9 2018

      Thanks so much for you comments! You can make them yourself…and it doesn’t take 3 days.
      Just make páte sablée the night before (chill in fridge)…and the rest you can do in the morning and have these treats with afternoon coffee!
      Quite impressive? …so are Belgium’s Red Devils. Sorry that Sweden is out of the competition. But heh, the Dutch didn’t even qualify! Tuesday the dicisive match BEL-FR. If BEL wins….I think they will beat the rest and become World Champion! The Dutch have never achieved this in all their years! Good luck tomorrow….I’ll be watching TV!

  8. Maybe I will try one day, although I am not very good at baking cakes.
    Great achievement for the Red Devils. Yes, let’s keep our fingers crossed tomorrow. I think they have a pretty good chance of winning it all!

  9. Jul 10 2018

    Thank you for this, Nancy. It looks divine. Oh, that lemon! I never thought of baking in the form. Terrific!

    • Jul 10 2018

      These pastry rings are so handy! You can find them on Amazon! I could never get the whipped cream topping looking so perfect with the rings!

  10. Jul 14 2018

    my mouth is watering with desire… This is what I love about arriving in Paris… being treated to such delights.

    • Jul 14 2018

      Thanks for your comment, Tamara. I try to recreate the “Paris feeling” at home.
      I have another patisserie post ready for #ParisInJuly2018 !

  11. Molly Totoro
    Jul 15 2018

    These look absolutely delicious – and the perfect summer treat! I’m not sure I am brave enough to tackle this recipe right now, but I am definitely checking out the author’s cookbooks (My Little French Kitchen is calling my name). Perhaps I will gain culinary courage after reading them 🙂

    • Jul 15 2018

      So glad you enjoyed this post….never fear Rachel Khoo wll help you make this cakes perfectly!
      Have a look at post 03 July ….I made her recipe for Lemon Curd that was perfect!
      Thanks for your comments 🙂


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