French Desserts, anyone?


In the United States, there’s a day for everything! So today on October 14 we celebrate National Dessert Day to indulge in delicacies without guilt. The word “dessert” originated from the French word “desservir,” which means to clear the table or the last course to serve. On this day, let’s indulge in French desserts, why don’t we. By that, I mean the real classic desserts or gâteau like l’Opéra. Here are a few of my favorites:

L’Opéra

L’Opéra cake is made with layers of almond sponge cake – aka Joconde in French soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee or Grand Marnier, French buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze.

Tartelettes de fruits

Mini tarts made with buttery pâte brisée, some almond frangipane layer or crème pâtissière, topped with seasonal fresh berries .

Mille- Feuille

A Mille-Feuille, vanilla slice or custard slice, is made up of three layers of puff pastry pâte feuilletée, alternating with two layers of pastry cream crème pâtissière.

Baba au Rhum

Baba au Rhum can be made full-size like a Bundt cake or mini individual size. It is a small yeast cake saturated and oozing in syrup made with rum and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream.

 

There are so many more regional specialties like Paris Brest, la Charlotte, le Fraisier, le St Honoré, la Tarte au Citron Meringuée, le Moka, la Tarte Tatin. Other beloved goodies like Madeleines, Financiers, Palmiers, and of course Macarons are all delicious but they fall in the petit gateau categories or pastries, not desserts. So which are your favorite French desserts?

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