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18 French Desserts To Celebrate France's National Day

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July 8, 2017 / French / By
ETG - Food For Thought

We are foodies and because we are foodies on July 14 we have to celebrate France’s National Day! France always impressed foodies with its amazing dishes and flavors and to this day French cuisine is one of the most loved and admired cuisines of the world. What will the world of foodies be without foie gras, coq au vin and other amazing dishes, but most importantly how would the foodie world look like without the amazing French desserts? Can you imagine a world without crepes, tarts or chocolate mousse? We can’t, we really can’t, and frankly we don’t want to, so instead of imagining a world without France’s sweets we decided to make a list of the most delicious French desserts to celebrate France’s National Day but also the country’s influence to the international food scene.

Fresh Peach & Raspberry Clafoutis from Save Room For Dessert

Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert made with seasonal fruits, covered in a thick batter and backed. The dessert is usually served warm and dusted with confectioners’ sugar but you can also enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Since it’s summer, we decided to include in our list of French desserts a Clafoutis recipe that requires fresh peaches and raspberries.

Tarte au Citron: Lemon Tart Recipe from David Lebovitz

Another French dessert perfect for this season, but also perfect for celebrating France’s National Day, is this Tarte au Citron or lemon tart from David Lebovitz. We don’t know about you, but we really love lemon desserts during summer months, they are refreshing and great for summer parties.

Classic Chocolate Soufflé from Honest Cooking

We cannot talk about French desserts without talking about Chocolate Soufflé. This classic French dessert is perfect for a celebration but also for those moments when you want to impress your loved ones with your baking skills.

Brown Butter Crepes with Bananas, Nutella and Speculoos from Hummingbird High

Perfect for breakfast or dessert, crepes are extremely versatile and you can fill them with your favorite fruits or add various toppings on top of them. You can also make savory crepes with various fillings however, if you have a sweet tooth these Brown Butter Crepes with Bananas, Nutella and Speculoos are more than perfect for you.

Meringue Cookies from The Kitchn

Meringues are perfect for any occasion. They are also great for decorating cakes, tarts and other desserts you make in your kitchen. The crisp outer shell and the chewy center makes them some of the most loved cookies in the world.

French Butter Cakes (Madeleines) from

Madeleines are the perfect small cakes to enjoy alongside a cup of tea while reading your favorite book or watching your favorite show. The most amazing thing about Madeleines is that you can easily transform them into delicious party cookies if you dip them in chocolate or sprinkle them with sugar.

Pear Tartin from Anna, our foodie

Tarte Tartin is traditionally made with apples but we love that our foodie, Anna, decided to use pears instead of apples. This variation of the French classic is definitely a must for those who love tarts but are bored of the classic apple tarts.

Parisian Flan (French Custard Pie) from Ricardo Cuisine

Parisian Flan is the French version of a custard pie. If you want to bring the flair of Parisian patisseries into your kitchen, this is the recipe for you. The taste of this Parisian Flan is similar to the taste of the Parisian Flan you will find in Paris and the recipe is easy to follow and it has clear instructions so you don’t have to worry you won’t be able to make this dessert.

Dacquoise With Blackberries And Cream from The Vanilla Bean Blog

When you combine a classic meringue with hazelnuts and blackberries, you know the result will be absolutely incredible and you won’t be able to enjoy only one serving. And honestly, you shouldn’t! When you celebrate France’s National Day, you are allowed to indulge in delicious desserts without feeling guilty.

Chocolate Truffles from Chocolate And Zucchini

Chocolate lovers, these Chocolate Truffles are for you! French people know how to make art out of decadent desserts and you will be able to say the same thing about yourself after trying these simple but amazing Chocolate Truffles from Chocolate And Zucchini.

French Silk Pie from Creations by Kara

Reach, creamy and heavenly, these are the best words to describe the French Silk Pie. This is yet another amazing recipe for chocolate lovers but we are pretty sure this pie will make everybody happy whether or not they love desserts.

Pistachio Hazelnut Nougat from My Name Is Yeh

The chewy texture, sugary taste and pistachio flavor of nougat are so, so amazing. If you ever found yourself in the South of France, you have to try the local Nougat! But, if you don’t plan to go to France any time soon, this recipe will do the trick. You will get the same amazing taste but you will have to work for it a little bit.

Mini Paris Brest from Supergolden Bakes

If you have enough experience with baking traditional desserts and you want a challenge, try these Mini Paris Brest. They require some effort and hard work but in the end you will have some delicious French pastries on your table and you will feel like a real pastry chef.

3 Ingredient French Palmiers from The DIY Foodie

Are you craving French pastry but the Mini Paris Brest seem too complicated? How about trying these Palmiers instead? They are easy to make, you will need only three ingredients but the result is delicious.

Raspberry Macarons With Lemon Buttercream from Tatyana’s Everyday Food

Macarons are very popular nowadays. Everybody loves them, everybody buys them but not everybody bakes them at home. If you want to try, these Raspberry Macarons with Lemon Buttercream are perfect for summer. The lemon buttercream filling makes the sweet macarons refreshing and great for afternoon tea or a pool party.

Crème Brûlée from Betty Crocker

Crème Brûlée is another classic French dessert made with simple, everyday ingredients. Some people may argue that Crème Brûlée is actually a dessert that originated in England and others will say the dessert was first made in Spain but the first printed recipe of Crème Brûlée was published in a French cookbook in 1961 so we will go with it and call this rich custard dessert a French classic.

Triple Chocolate Eclairs from Country Clever

Eclairs can be intimidating to make at home but they are too delicious to avoid so give them a chance and try this Triple Chocolate Eclairs recipe. If you don’t like the result you can go at your favorite bakery and purchase some, but we are confident you will master the recipe since the instructions are pretty clear. Not to mention Triple Chocolate Eclairs are hard if not impossible to find.

Chocolate Mousse from Homemade Mommy

The airy texture and decadent chocolate of Chocolate Mousse make this dessert a favorite French dessert but also a classic choice for various celebrations. 


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