French Desserts

Desserts in France have to be one of life’s greatest joys, either sitting in a grand hotel, a seat in the sunshine outside a small French café or a visit to a boulangerie, it is impossible to resist, or to choose which to have, the vast array of crisp, flaky pastries, chocolate filled croissants, rich, ornately decorated gateaux or creamy, light puddings. Here we offer a small selection and hope that you will join in and send in your favorite recipe to share and pass on.

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Recipes

Tarte aux Pommes. A classic French recipe which has golden, glazed apples set on a bed of buttery, light pastry which just melts in the mouth, Delicious !!

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Madeleines are traditional small cakes from Commercy and Liverdun, two areas of the Lorraine region in northeastern France. Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions.

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The tarte Tatin was created accidentally at the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France, about 100 miles (160 km) south of Paris, in the 1880s.The hotel was run by two sisters, Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin. It is an upside-down pastry in which the apples are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked.

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A delicious Apple Cake recipe from the Normandy region of France.

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