8 French Desserts You Need To Try

Crêpes

You'll find these pastries that look like thin pancakes at any of a number of crêpe stands lining the Parisian streets.

Savory crêpes are topped with ingredients like ham, cheese and egg while sweet crêpes are usually topped with sugar, Nutella or fresh fruits.

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Crème Brûlée

Known the world over, this dessert, not surprisingly, originated in France.

Crème Brûlée is a custard dessert topped with caramelized sugar giving it a sweet crunchy top layer.  Once you sink your spoon into the hard outer shell and into the smooth velvety inside, you'll be hooked.

Tarte Tatin

Accidentally created at the Tatin hotel in Lamotte-Beuvron 100 miles south of Paris, the Tarte Tain is an upside down fruit pastry.

Traditionally this dessert is made with apples that have been caramelized in butter and sugar and baked in a puff pastry.

Macarons

These little meringue based cookies come in a variety of colors and fillings and melt in your mouth.

The most popular macarons are filled with jam, butter cream, or ganache but can also include unusual ingredients like foie gras or matcha as well.
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Madeleines

A cross between a cookie and a cake, madeleines are small shell shaped sponge cakes originating from the Lorraine region in Northern France.

These traditional small cakes are served either plain, or covered in jam or coconut flakes and are delightfully buttery and spongy.

Soufflé

Made with beaten egg whites, soufflés can be enjoyed as a savory meal or as a dessert depending on what ingredients are used.

Soufflés are best enjoyed hot out of the oven while the puffy crust is still spilling out of the dish.

Profiteroles

Profiteroles are little puff pastries typically filled with a sweet whipped cream, custard, or ice cream and topped with a rich, velvety chocolate sauce.

Cheese Plate

Did you know that France has a different cheese for every day of the year?  Well, it's no wonder then that cheese plates are a great way to end a meal.

Every region of France has its own particular cheeses and they all come in different styles from crumbly to hard to soft and squishy and of course you can't forget about the moldy and the smelly.

Expand your horizons on cheese and order a plate of assorted French cheeses to enjoy with a nice glass of French wine.
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