8 of the Best French Pastries

It goes without saying that France is renowned for its gastronomic food! For instance, it’s not unusual to come across tourists in the streets, on the terrace of a bakery-pastry shop or a café, enjoying a delicious French pastry. Here are some yummy French pastries that you should try!

1) Profiteroles

A variation of a standard choux pastry, profiteroles were invented in the 16th century. The name comes from the reward in the form of a dumpling offered to servants at the time. A dough rolled on itself then cooked before being dipped in a broth, was given to them, and was called “petit profit” or “profiterole”. The cook of Queen Catherine de Medici was inspired by this idea to make this dessert. Since then, it has been taken up again and reinvented with a scoop of vanilla ice cream added and topped with melting chocolate.

2) Opera

All your guests will love this delicate dessert during lunches. Made with layers of chocolate ganache and coffee butter cream, this delicacy will please your sweet tooth and is even more appealing if you’re a coffee and chocolate lover. Are you one of them?

3) Mille-Feuille

One of the delicacies that highlight French pastries, refined, crispy, melting, the mille-feuille has it all! Its name precisely comes from its large number of layers composed of puff pastry and vanilla flavored cream. The top is covered with an icing comprising of powdered sugar and fondant. Lastly, a melted dark chocolate completes the decoration.

4) Tarte Tatin

Caramelized apples are arranged on a shortcrust pastry. Food lovers will melt in front of this dessert. Baked with a pastry dough and fruits, the tarte Tatin is known in many countries apart from France. Only five ingredients are needed to prepare this delight: apples, sugar, butter, flour, and salt (just a pinch). It has also been inspiring cooks worldwide to make it in a thousand ways, including sweet and salty tarte tatin.

5) Fraisier

One of the pastry creations that feels good during summer! Indeed, what better pastry than the fraisier, a delicious strawberry cake, to enjoy the holidays? A refined, light, and gourmet cake that is sure to make an impression on your table!

6) The Mocha Cake

Mocha is a dessert prepared using coffee from Yemen’s port (the port of Mocha or Mocha where coffee shipments for Europe were made), and hence its pretty little name. It is generally made of alternating layers of sponge cake soaked with brewed coffee and coffee-flavored buttercream on which a veil of roasted almonds is placed for decoration. As you probably guessed, mocha is a cake very appreciated by caffeine lovers.

7) The Chocolate Fondant

It can be eaten at any time of the day: for lunch, a snack, or dinner with a coffee cup. But avoid the 3 breaks in a row, though! If you decide to make it at home, opt for dark chocolate, because if we start to go into the details, 100 grams of chocolate fondant contains 440 calories! With dark chocolate, the cake will have a stronger taste and less sugar!

8) The Crème Brûlée

Another great classic for generations and generations, the crème brûlée, is an effortless dessert to make with its vanilla flavor. Composed of egg yolks, sugar, cream, and caramel, it’s not surprising if you start finding yourself ordering a crème brûlée at the end of each meal at the restaurant. Moreover, it is one of the best selling desserts in France.

What are the other scrumptious French pastries you love to have? Let us know in the comments below!

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