Ordering in a French patisserie should be considered an art form. There are just so many different options carefully laid out in front of you that it’s hard to distinguish them all, let alone try to make up your mind and choose only one at a time. And that’s not even taking into account the fact that you might have to pronounce some very difficult names just to place your order. This list is here to help you decide which treats you’re willing to butcher a language for:
The name is French for “a thousand leaves” and you can also find it as “the Napoleon” (for the Neapolitan region, not the emperor). While its origins are probably Hungarian, there’s no denying France has really made it its own. This dessert has layers of a really delicate and fragile puff pastry separated by layers of pastry cream. There are many variations with almond and chocolate fillings, and they are all amazing so feel free to try as many as you want.
This colourful dessert is having a moment all over the world. Nowadays, you can find macarons virtually anywhere, even McDonald makes them, but while in France you’ll be tasting the real deal. The macaron as we know it today can be traced back to 20th century Paris.
Macarons are tiny little delicate “sandwiches”, the top parts are made of fragile, airy, cookies made out of egg whites and granulated sugar. In the middle, you’ll find a ganache of chocolate, raspberry, almond, buttercream, jam or many other flavours.
The fraisier is one of the freshest cakes you could ever eat. This is a classic French sponge cake with a fresh strawberry cream in the middle. The fraisier has been around since the 1800’s and word in the street is that it’s incredibly difficult to make. The fraisier is supposed to be fluffy, moist and rich in flavour which can be hard for bakers, so it’s definitely a must-have if you’re in its country of origin. Make sure you go for the freshest fraisier you could find, it should still be moist and filled with fresh looking strawberries.
The Opera is a staple of French desserts. Its layers of strong flavours give it a really unique taste. The typical opera has thick layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee, followed by layers of buttercream, more coffee, and chocolate.
The traditional creme brulee is a vanilla flavoured custard topped with a layer or hardened caramelized sugar, and it’s absolutely mouthwatering. Creme brulee has been around since the 1600’s though it didn’t become wildly popular till the 80’s. Now, you can have it a virtually any restaurant around the world. Of course, tasting the more authentic French creme brulee will be a highlight on your trip.
There’s a reason French desserts are revered worldwide. They are amazing and so delicate you aren’t sure whether you’re supposed to eat them or admire. Make the most out of your time in France by breaking your diet and tasting all the delicious sweets they have to offer.