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Sophie’s festive braised Magret duck breast with a cassis & raspberry sauce, served with a parsnip & carrot mash!



I am still ill but this was a scheduled post! We love to savor duck at our house & we love this more classical dish, that we at least make 2 in wintertime. I know that you all will love it too! It is that delicious! It is also festive & great to give at a dinner party & that is what we did! 😉 Enjoy! xxx

Recipe: For 2 persons


1 Magret free-range duck breast, with skin on and fat, mine was 348 gr.

Maldon sea salt flakes

grinds of black pepper

** For the Cassis and raspberry sauce:

60 ml of crème de Cassis de Dijon

60 ml of a good balsamic vinegar

4 shalots, peeled and finely minced

2 ( 15 ml ) tablespoons of a good raspberry jam/ I used raspberry jam sweetened with agave

120 gr of fresh raspberries

2 small knobs of Alpro soy baking margarine ( dairy free )

** For the parsnip and carrot mash:

400 gr of carrots, peeled and cut up into equal rounds, weighted when peeled

400 gr of parsnips, peeled and cut up into small chunks, each 0.5 cm x0.5 cm , weighted when peeled

Maldon sea salt flakes

a few grinds of black pepper

some Alpro Soy baking margarine

Herbamare salt 


1. In 2 separate cooking pots boil the parsnips and the carrot rounds until al dente. I added a bit of Herbamare salt to the boiling water. Drain well. Add the cooked parsnips to the carrots and mash more finely. Add some Maldon sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper to the mash. I also added a bit of Alpro Soy baking margarine to the mash. Taste. It has to taste fab and a bit sweet. Keep warm.

2. Heat a large non stick pan on a lower heat. Place the duck breast with the skin down into the pan without any fat!!! When the skin starts to fry, the skin will release its fat gradually.

Now, time your timer for 12 minutes. It will take about 12 minutes for the fat to render completely. Now, turn the heat a bit higher on moderate heat. Throughout the process the fat will melt. When there is a lot of fat in the pan, pour a lot of it out in a jug.

So, leave the duck into the pan on the skin side for about 12 minutes. Just watch it carefully.

Pour away most of the fat when there is a lot of fat in the pan.

3. When the 12 minutes are over, carefully flip the duck over and fry the breast side for about 10 to 15 minutes. But, turn the heat off. Place a fitting lid onto the pan. Check the duck from time to time. If you want a rarer duck, just let it sit into the pan for about 10 minutes. I always serve my duck pink rosé, so that there is no blood left and let it sit into the pan for 15 minutes. I also seared the duck on all sides well during that time.

4. Warm 2 white serving plates into the oven.

5. Remove the duck from the pan and place it, tuck it neatly in aluminium foil to rest for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, make the sauce. Heat the pan up to a higher heat. You still have duck fat in the pan, if it isn’t enough, add a bit from the jug, where you kept the duck fat. In the remaining duck fat, fry the shalots quickly. Now, add the crème de Cassis. Stir well. Add raspberry jam, balsamic vinegar and fresh raspberries. Reduce the sauce a bit & taste. It tastes fab! When a bit reduced to your liking, turn the heat off and add 2 knobs of Alpro soy baking margarine. This binds the sauce a bit and makes it look glossy and sophisticated. Pour the sauce in a saucer.

Now, place the duck breast on a chopping board and slice it thinly lengthways. You will see that it is cooked to perfection!! It is still rosé on the inside. Take your serving plates and plate up with a cooking ring in the middle of the plate. You fill it with the parsnip carrot mash. Make the surface of the filled ring flat with a knife & carefully remove the ring. Do the same with the other plate. Place 2 slices of duck breast on each side of the middle of the plate. Spoon the warm sauce over the sides of the duck, but not too much so that you still can see the pink rosé of the duck for presentation.

Serve at once and enjoy with a loved one.

This is lovely enjoyed with a good Spanish wine like Viñas del Vero 2005, Colección Cabernet Sauvignon, with hints of blackberries and balsamic vinegar.

MMMMMMMMM, enjoy this festive meal!

You can spoon some of the warm sauce again over your duck breasts slices so that the duck will still be hot when you eat it. 🙂


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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

43 thoughts on “Sophie’s festive braised Magret duck breast with a cassis & raspberry sauce, served with a parsnip & carrot mash!

  1. Nice! Here in the SouthEast USA those who hunt eat duck but domestically raised duck is impossible to find. The same with lamb but as our population evolves I think it will begin to appear in the meat markets. 🙂

  2. Lovely recipe, dear Sophie, we’ll try it out this week after we have done our shopping on Monday. 🙂
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, get well soon! ❤
    Big *hug* from the Four of us in Norfolk,
    Dina xxxx

  3. Sorry to hear you’re not well. Love the look of the duck dish. This is something we enjoy to make during winter as well xx

  4. Yummm Sophie…we love duck in our household too. Love the parsnip and carrot mash too! 🙂

  5. Carrot mash sounds positively luscious! Mashed potatoes are quite possibly my favorite part of Thanksgiving, so I’m all about other creamy, rich root vegetables in a similar format. I never thought about trying carrot instead of classic potato. This might just be going on the festive menu this year.

  6. Hi Sweet Sophie- Hope you are feeling better by the time you get this! What an elegant dish– even the carrots and parsnips look fancy! Looks like a good recipe to tuck away for the holidays!

  7. Mmm I like myself a piece of duck. In the cold months I made it once in a while. A staple is my simple recipe with lentils, kale and mushrooms. But this recipe looks so spectacular and festive – I must give it a try!!

  8. I made it, loved it, it was a big Waw, at our table!
    Thanks again, dear Sophie! Xxx

  9. I made it with wild duck & what a feast it was! xxx
    thank again for such an amazing divine duck recipe, dear Sophie! xxx

  10. My wife made it for the 2 of us & we loved it ! It was like in a fancy Michelin starred restaurant!
    A Fabulous amazing wonderful duck dinner! We drank a good wine with it! xxx

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