Not 5, not 10, even not 15 but 25 delicious French desserts you need to eat in France
Ok, I’m a woman and I cannot resist…as most women, I like the sweet things and in France, I found many of them. It’s a very stressful experience to visit the French boulangerie or pattestrie shop because the choice of French desserts is huge and everything looks delicious. How can I make the choice? I am still struggling but I decided…one thing at the time. So let’s start one by one…let me present you my list of Top 25 French Desserts to Taste in France!
- Tarte Tatin. It is a cake named after the hotel serving it as its signature dish. Tarte Tatin is not an average fruit pie. It’s an upside down dessert with the fruits (usually apples) that have been caramelized in butter and sugar before being baked in the tart.
- Fondant au chocolat. This is a dessert in a form of a small chocolate cake with crunchy outside and mellow filling that is commonly served hot with vanilla ice cream on a plate. The French favourite and most popular dessert.
- Mousse au chocolat. Yes, the French love chocolate. So this is a dessert whose traditional composition includes at least chocolate and egg white. And that is enough. However, it can sometimes be embellished with egg yolk, sugar or cream, spices or citrus zest.
- Île flottante. A floating island is a typical French dessert that consists of meringue floating on crème anglaise. The meringues are prepared from whipped egg whites, sugar, and vanilla extract then quickly poached. The crème anglaise is prepared with the egg yolks, vanilla, and hot milk, briefly cooked.
- Clafoutis. This is a baked French dessert of fruits, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. The cake is dusted with powdered sugar and served lukewarm, sometimes with cream. Easy dessert to make, very popular among the french families baking.
- Profiteroles. These are the French choux pastry balls with a typically sweet and moist filling of whipped cream, custard, pastry cream, or ice cream. The puffs may be decorated or left plain or garnished with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
- Éclair. This us is an oblong shaped choux dough filled with cream and topped with chocolate icing. The dough, which is the same as that used for profiterole, is typically piped into an oblong shape with a pastry bag and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside.
- Paris-Brest. It is s a traditional pastry of French origin, in the shape of a crown. It is composed of a pasty stuffed with a cream praline cream, sprinkled with flaked almonds. Originally created to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris cycling race in 1910.
- Tarte tropézienne. It is also known as “La Tarte de Saint-Tropez”. This is a dessert pastry consisting of a filled brioche. The tarte tropézienne is a light, creamy dessert that was created in the 1950s. And now…the very interesting fact about this cake that makes me very proud is that it was created by a young Polish baker, Alexandre Micka, who opened a bakery in the main square in St Tropez and he based his dessert on the recipe his grandmother had given him…polish origins than.
- Baba au Rhum. This is a small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is usually made in individual servings but sometimes can be made in larger form of big cake.
- Crème caramel. This is a flan type caramel dessert. It is like a firm custard dessert with a layer of clear caramel sauce on top.
- Vacherin. This is a very delicious dessert that comes from Lyon. It is a dessert that consists of a shell of meringue or marzipan stuffed with ice cream or sorbet, sometimes candied fruit, and masked whipped cream. The best Vacherin is being served at Paul Bocuse Brasseries in Lyon, trust me.
- Tarte aux pommes. French Apple Tart is a shortcrust pastry-based (pâte brisée) filled with apples, sliced almonds and sugar topped with creamy egg custard and baked until the topping is slightly caramelised.
- Tiramisu. Ok, it is a very Italian dessert but the French love it and it served in most restaurants. This coffee-flavoured dessert is made of ladyfingers cookies dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.
- Crêpes. They are very popular in France. They eat them sweet or savoury. The sweet ones, traditional are very simple. They just add butter and sugar. However, there are now more and more toppings and the favorite French ones are jam and nutella!. You can order crepes it in the cafes, restaurants, make at home, however, they are commonly sold in the streets and prepared in front of you. A very popular treat and kid’s favorite treat.
- Saint Honoré. This is a cake named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, Saint Honoré. It was invented in 1847 at the Chiboust bakery on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. This classic French dessert is a circle of puff pastry at its base with a ring of pâte à choux piped on the outer edge. Small baked cream puffs are dipped in caramelized sugar and attached side by side on top of the circle of the pâte à choux.
- Crème Brûlée. This is a delicious dessert that can be served worldwide however it tastes the best in France. Served in a small dish, the base of this French pastry is made of a rich custard, usually flavoured with vanilla, and topped off with a hard layer of caramel. It is normally served slightly chilled; the heat from the caramelizing process tends to warm the custard producing a cool center.
- Mille-feuilles. This is a dessert similar to Napoleon however it is more delicate. It consists of the vanilla slice or custard slice placed in between the puff pastry pieces. It is usually topped with chocolate cream.
- Tartelettes aux fraises. This is the classic dessert, a pastry base, usually shortcrust pastry; filled with vanilla cream and the best strawberries possible. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart.
- Mont Blanc .This is a dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream or powdered sugar. The name comes from Mont Blanc, as it resembles a snow-capped towering mountain ….looking magnificent, tasting even better.
- Fraisier. This is a quite rich and luxury French dessert. This is a strawberry cake made of strawberries, sponge cake, cream and often covered with a thin layer of almond paste (most of the time pink).
- Kouign Amann. It is a Breton cake which is one of the most fatty and very delicious cake in France. This is an amazing caramelized specialty from Brittany made with a lot of butter, which makes it so delicious and fatty.
- Pêche Melba. It is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. It was invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London, to honor the Australian soprano Nellie Melba.
- Kouglof. Gugelhupf is a yeast based cake, traditionally baked in a distinctive circular Bundt mold. It is the Alsatian specialty that looks like a bundt cake and it is the perfect Christmas treat.
- Canelés. These are the small French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. It takes the shape of a small, striated cylinder up to five centimeters in height with a depression at the top.
So did you find your favourite French dessert? Or are you in the same position as me…wanting to taste them all. So follow the list and have a great pleasure in discovering the French bakery. And if I miss any important French dessert, please let me know. Thanks!