French food is some of the best cuisines on the planet. It is hard to go wrong when you cook everything with lots of butter! Fat is flavor, after all.
It is hard to select which part of
famous French cuisine is the best, but my personal favorite is the baked goods.
The quality of French pastries is second to none, and the smells from a French bakery can make a grown man cry.
I’m always on the lookout for the best pastries, and I’ve compiled a list of the best French pastries. I highly recommend you try all of them. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Éclair is
a classic French dessert that is perfect for any occasion.
You make it with a puff pastry dough that you fill with vanilla custard and top with a chocolate ganache.
The Éclair is one of the most famous French pastries; it is delicious. The combination of the fluffy pastry, the creamy custard, and the rich chocolate ganache is unbeatable.
Add in the fluffy puff pastry, and you have one of the best pastries ever made.
The Mille Feuille, also known as the Napoleon, is a classic French pastry made with layers of puff pastry and vanilla custard.
You top it with a layer of fondant, which can be either white or dark chocolate.
The Mille Feuille is one of my favorite French pastries because it is so light and fluffy. The layers of puff pastry are delicate and airy. I love the patterns on the fondant.
When I eat a Mille Feuille, I feel like I'm eating a work of art.
The Canelé is a classic French pastry with a custard-like batter flavored with rum and vanilla.
You bake it in a unique mold that gives it its characteristic shape and crunchy exterior.
The Canelé is one of my favorite French pastries because of its unique texture.
The custard is soft and creamy, the exterior is crispy and chewy, and the rum and vanilla give it a wonderful flavor, unlike any other pastry.
The Chouquette is a French pastry made with choux pastry and covered in pearl sugar.
I'm always delighted when a coffee shop serves my cappuccino with a Chouquette.
I think a Chouquette is a perfect balance to rich coffee. The choux pastry is light and fluffy, while the pearl sugar gives it a nice crunch.
The sugar also adds a sweetness that takes the edge off the bitter coffee.
The Kouign Amann is a classic French pastry from Brittany.
You make it with layers of puff pastry, sugar, and butter.
You bake the pastry until the sugar caramelizes and forms a crisp, flaky crust.
I love the layers of sugar and the unique pattern of the Kouign Amann.
Macarons are a guilty pleasure of mine.
I know they are not traditional French pastries, but they are so delicious that I had to include them on this list.
You make macarons with almond flour, sugar, and egg whites. Then you fill them with a variety of flavored buttercreams or ganaches.
Check out some of
the most popular macaron flavors to try!
The Profiterole is the perfect bite-sized treat.
It is a French pastry made with choux pastry and filled with cream, custard, or ice cream.
You coat the Profiterole with a chocolate ganache or sauce. I love the way the cream filling contrasts with the crispy pastry.
Perhaps the most famous French pastry of them all, you can find croissants worldwide.
The flakey, buttery layers make it
a breakfast favorite.
I love croissants because they are so versatile. You can have them plain, with jam, or even filled with chocolate.
They are, without a doubt, one of the best French pastries.
The Fraisier is a classic French pastry with layers of almond sponge cake, fresh strawberries, and vanilla custard. You cover it with a layer of strawberry jelly.
I love the combination of fresh strawberries and vanilla custard.
It is a perfect summer dessert.
The Opéra is a French pastry with layers of almond sponge cake, coffee buttercream, and chocolate ganache.
I'm a massive fan of coffee, so I love the coffee-soaked layers of an Opera cake.
The chocolate ganache is also a nice touch.
Sometimes simplicity is the best policy, which is the case with Pain Au Chocolat.
The simple combination of flaky croissant dough and chocolate yields one of the best french pastries.
I love the way the chocolate melts in your mouth.
The Paris-Brest is a French pastry made with choux pastry and filled with a praline cream.
It is named after the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race. I love the light, airy texture of the choux pastry and the delicious praline filling.
What is better than one cream puff? Two cream puffs!
The Religieuse is a French pastry made with choux pastry and filled with custard or cream. It is then topped with another cream puff and coated with chocolate.
It reminds me of a little chocolate snowman I can't wait to eat.
The Tarte Tatin is a classic French pastry made with apples and puff pastry.
It is upside-down, so the apples are caramelized in sugar and butter before being baked.
I love the combination of sweet apples and flakey pastry.
These are only a few of the best french pastries you can find, but they are some of my favorites.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Bon appetit!
Check out other French favorites, like
tasty French bread and French cheese you can pair it with, or wash it down with a fizzy French soft drink!