Not going on holiday but would like to feel like you are?  As long as the weather is kind, August can be a lovely month to plan parties and gatherings to be enjoyed outside, or to take the time away from your desk to enjoy a proper lunch in your nearest green space. 


We’ve produced our best-selling Strawberry Tart (Tarte Fraise) in a new large size to serve 8 – 10, and it is a really beautiful dessert for a summer party.   Our popular collection of individual fresh fruit tartlets is joined by a special summer guest, the Multifruit Tartlet (Tartelette Multifruits) with a topping of pear, strawberry, apricot and kiwi fruit. 


Cherry Clafoutis (Clafoutis Griotte) is a classic French dessert, originally from the Limousin area of South West France.  Typically made with cherries, but also with other summer fruits, this is a glorious combination of morello cherries covered in a rich batter made with cream, eggs, milk, ground almonds, sugar and a hint of vanilla.  It wouldn’t win any prizes for beautiful presentation, but it tastes superb and is another excellent dessert idea for any summer lunch, dinner or buffet.


A special Summer Fruit Charlotte (Charlotte Fruits d’Été) joins the range for August, prettily topped with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and a scattering of fresh mint leaves. 


The Baguette Épi is a popular variation of a classic baguette, cut and shaped to resemble the ear of wheat after which it is named (Épi being French for ‘ear of grain’).  This attractive loaf looks impressive as part of a buffet and is perfect for tearing and sharing.  You will be able to find two types of Épi Baguette in our shops in August, the Two Olive version, made with our Great Taste Award-winning two-olive dough, and the Sesame version using our traditional PAUL dough scattered with sesame seeds.  Enjoy with a good cheese board or a selection of charcuterie. 


For a lazy breakfast or brunch on a gorgeous summer morning, try our Raspberry Croissant (Croissant Framboise) enriched with frangipane and raspberry, and our Pistachio Croissant (Croissant Pistache) with frangipane cream with added pistachio,  topped with chopped pistachios.   Just add coffee.


If you’ve never tried a Fougasse, add some to your summer picnic or buffet, as these soft, delicately flavoured, decorative little flat-style breads from Provence are perfect for one person and make the ideal accompaniment to summer salads or picnics en plein air.  We bake them with Cheese, Bacon Lardons or Olives


For lunch with a true taste of regional France, try our authentic Salade Niçoise from the Côte d’Azur, or robustly flavoured Salade Lyonnaise from Lyon, the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.  The Sandwich Tomate Mozzarella is full of the flavours of the South of France, whilst the Sandwich Montagnard is named because of its flavours of the mountains - Comté cheese is from the Franche-Comté region bordering Switzerland where the Vosges and Jura mountain ranges can be found


For a wicked little dessert, the famous Canelé, a rum and vanilla pudding from Bordeaux, all crispy and caramelised on the outside, is just the ticket.


Now that your food requirements have been met, for some immersive French reading and viewing, try the charming “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris, which is set in the Gers region of South West France in the fictional village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes.  Or you could watch the film version of course, with an excellent cast including Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina and Judy Dench.  An enduring French classic, set on the French Riviera, is “Bonjour Tristesse” by Françoise Sagan, originally published in 1954 when the author was just 18.   The English language film adaptation was released four years later and stars David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Jean Seberg. 


More good reads set in France to enjoy whilst lounging in a deckchair include: “My Good Life in France” by Janine Marsh, the story of a Brit who bought a dilapidated barn and moved there with her husband in pursuit of the French rural life.  “The Dragonfly” by Kate Dunn meanders through the waterways of France whilst the central character tries to help his son, who has been charged with murder, stay out of prison.  “Don’t Let Go” by Michel Bussi is an excellent French thriller set on the island of Réunion.   


Amusing yet romantic French films to enjoy on cooler evenings include “To Catch a Thief”, Hitchcock’s thriller starring Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar and Grace Kelly as his love interest in another film that showcases the beauties of the French Riviera, or the 1995 movie “French Kiss” starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline and filmed in Paris, Provence and Cannes.  


So now you have food, summer reading, summer viewing – just add the wine of your choice and voilà!   Enjoy your summer in France, wherever you are, this August.