Five Most Favorite French Desserts

I don’t know about you, but as the Holidays are approaching, I’m starting to thing “sweet.” I could not spend the Holidays without treating me to some sweet, nice desserts. Not that I don’t do all throughout the year, anyway, but Holidays are super dessert treat time for me.

Reflecting on that made me think… hum, what are the 5 most delicious French desserts? Even though France has so many delicious deserts I had to come up with my top five.  So here there are!

Macarons

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Gosh, I simply love macarons.  Have you ever had macarons before?

The macaron is a “meringuish” cookie, so to speak. It has a top and a bottom of a flavored type meringue, and in between it’s got a very delicious thick creamy filling of the same flavor.  It’s like a little sandwich cookie with a harder cover and a tender inside. When I bit into a macaron it’s heaven!

Macarons are made ​​from ground almonds, icing sugar, regular sugar and egg whites. The paste is coated on a baking sheet and baked.

Macarons Recipe

Choux à la crème

Choux a la creme

Choux à la crème are made of a very specific dough which when baked becomes extremely light and form a ball empty in the middle. It can be filled with what’s called a pastry cream or whipped cream.  My favorite choux à la crème are with whipped cream.

Choux à la crème are also used to make the very popular profiteroles which in this case are filled with vanilla ice cream instead of cream and covered with a dark chocolate sauce.

Have you ever have a chou  à la crème? It’s simply delicious!

Pate a Chou Recipe

 

Tarte aux Fruits

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The tarte aux fruits is the French pie which we can make with just about any type of fruits, apples, pears, strawberries, peach, apricots and more…

I certainly love tarte aux fruits and that’s probably one of the healthiest and most popular desserts in France. It’s healthy since it’s got fresh fruits in it. You can read my tarte aux pommes recipe right here.

Crème Brûlée

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The literal meaning of crème brûlée is “burned cream” because it’s a baked cream that we allow to burn a little on the top. It’s made out of cream, eggs and French vanilla. See how you can make crème brûlée below. It’s such a delicious light dessert.

Crème Brûlée Recipe

Petits Fours

Petits fours are delicious fine pastry miniature cakes that you can find in all good French pastry stores call “patisserie.” Some of those Chefs Patissiers keep their recipes secret, but it’s so delicious.

Petits Fours

Petits Fours Recipe

I hope you enjoyed those succulent five most favorite French desserts. Let me know what you think!

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8 Comments

  • Carol LynnTwitter: carollynnrivera says:

    Oh good heavens, Sylviane! When I saw the title I had to stop by and drool a little. The macaroons look soooooo delicious. I watch a lot of cooking shows on TV and they always talk about how hard it is to make a really good macaroon. I have never tried it but I might have to, especially after seeing all those beautiful colors.

    I have never been a fan of creme brulee but just last weekend I went out for dinner and they had a pumpkin creme brulee on the menu that I tried and it was really good. I like just about anything with pumpkin.

    I also love petits fours! My dad buys those in big boxes every Christmas, all kinds, all colors. We get them once a year but they are always a big treat. YUM! I think I need to get out my apron, lol.
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Carol,

      I know macarons (in French 🙂 ) are my favorite cookies to be sure. I love them! There is a French pastry in my neighborhood who sales them $17 for 12 pieces, and at times I can’t resist and buy me a bag.

      I do love creme brulee, but interestingly I do not like pumpkin at all. Each time my mother was cooking some pumpkin I never like it, even though I tried, but didn’t work for me.

      I love choux a la creme and could just die eating petits fours 🙂

      Thanks for coming 🙂
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  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    I made it and yummy Sylviane.

    I have to admit that I’m not big on macaroons and I’ve never heard of the Choux à la crème. I had made a comment about your pie on that post and I love apple pie so that’s a big plus.

    Now the crème brûlée is one of my favorites but I introduced that to my Mom recently and she didn’t like it at all. Okay, more for me then.

    All of those pastry miniature cakes look pretty interesting. You know I’m not much of a cook so not sure if I’ll be trying any of these but I am looking for a different dessert for Thanksgiving so will be going through some recipes.

    Thanks for sharing and yummy.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      For me I love macarons more than anything else. I’ve loved them for ever, and I remember buying big macarons in a pastry shop near the Champs Elysees in Paris, every Sunday. Even though they may not be real cheap in France they are still much more affordable than here. $17 for a bag of 12 in a French pastry nearby my house. And for small ones that is 🙂

      I know those pastries are not easy to make, I agree.

      Glad you made it this Saturday, Adrienne 🙂 Just did my round of blogs myself 🙂
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  • Donna MerrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Sorry for coming late to the party, but I had some kind of lost weekend. Anyway, I am so hungry now I can cry. Macaroons are my favorite and I just wish I could get my hands on them right NOW!

    These recipes are just in time to try for the holiday season coming up. I may take a shot at one….Not a good baker, but when holidays roll around and the cold weather is upon me, I do like to keep that oven going and this is a good excuse!

    -Donna
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Donna,

      You’re like me. I’m a macarons fanatic for years. In Paris I knew a place where they sold like a hundred of different flavors a two different sizes. I always bought the big ones. Gosh it’s so delicious.

      I remember once a Friend of mine came to visit me in Paris and I took her to the macarons place and she started eating it like a bird, crumb by crumb and that made me so mad 🙂 You can’t taste anything like that!

      I didn’t know it at the time, but she was an anorexic.

      No worries, never too late, Donna
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  • Jeremy Norton says:

    Who doesn’t love desserts anyway? These all look delicious but I guess my favorite would be the Petits Fours. These little cakes look so cute and delicious.

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