June 4, 2019: My Top 10 Favorite French Desserts!

Not counting chocolate.

Tarte tatin and souffle get honorable mentions but didn’t make the list because they require the addition of ice cream to make them complete.

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#10. Choux a la Creme

Basically, a French cream puff.  I prefer mine with custard filling.

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#9. Baba au Rhum

A rum and syrup saturated cake occasionally topped with whipped cream.  Sometimes, it even comes with an injectable shot of extra rum!

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#8. Canelé

The dark caramelized exterior protects a firm vanilla custard interior.

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#7. Dacquoise

Alternating layers of almond and hazelnut meringue topped with buttercream.

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#6. Macaron

Meringue shells and (usually a) flavored buttercream or ganache cream filling.

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#5. Eclair

Cream-stuffed choux dough topped with icing – usually, chocolate.

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#4. Paris-Brest

A choux pastry wheel sandwiching praline cream.

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#3. Kouign-Amann

A slow-baked multi-layered cake containing butter and sugar that resembles a caramelized croissant.  The New York Times referred to it as “the fattiest pastry in all of Europe”!

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#2. Gateau Basque

I prefer the almond or pastry cream version of this flaky crust.

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#1. Savarin

Citrus-flavored yeast cake soaked in orange liqueur, topped with Chantilly cream.

Surprising, no?

So, which are your favorites?