Fabulous French Desserts

We'll show you how to make exquisite French desserts -- from lavish pastries to airy souffles.

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French Market Beignets
French Market Beignets

    The word "beignet" is French for "fritter." Originally developed in New Orleans, these delightful, bite-size treats are embellished with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

French-Filled Macaroons

    These tender confections are made with almond and powdered sugar, lending them a subtle sweetness that's nicely offset by a tart filling of lemon curd or raspberry jam.

Honey Pistachio Tart

    Simply flavored but incredibly delicious, this pistachio-packed tart is a great finale to a dinner party. It's rich, dense, and infused with the sweet essence of honey.

Tiny Vanilla Creme Brulee

    These little vanilla-scented custards get a sweet finish by browning the tops with a small blow torch. Simply crack through the thin sugar crust with a spoon and dig in.

Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

    The rich flavor of real vanilla bean is the perfect complement to these buttery sponge cake cookies.

Honeycrisp Apple and Browned Butter Tart

    This eye-catching dessert magnificently highlights the distinctly tender sweetness of Honeycrisp apples. A browned butter custard tops the tart, giving it an unmistakable nuttiness that you'll love.

Double Deck Pot de Creme

    This rich and creamy custardlike dessert has a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom and white chocolate on top.

Ginger Pear Galette

    Frozen puff pastry makes a flaky crust similar to pastries traditional to French tarts or galettes. Choose slightly under-ripe Anjou or Bosc pears for this elegant dessert.

Vanilla Bean Souffle with Vanilla Custard Sauce

    This delicate vanilla bean-flecked soufflé is topped with a decadent, yet simple, vanilla sauce.

Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

    This chic champagne cake starts with a purchased cake mix. Tint the frosting with several drops of red food coloring for a deliciously pink frosting.

Lemon Souffle Dessert

    Delicate lemon cake tops a layer of lemon pudding. Substitute oranges for the lemons for a flavor twist.

White Chocolate Cherry Cream Puffs

    These little cherry-filled pastries are bound to be a big hit at any special occasion. To save time, make the puffs in advance and fill them just before the party.

Chocolate Ganache Souffles

    With just four ingredients, these mini soufflés are actually quite simple to prepare. Present them with a luscious mound of whipped cream, and watch your dinner guests swoon.

Caramel-Almond Profiteroles

    These elegant mini cream puffs are topped with a drizzling of caramel sauce.

Individual Bittersweet Souffles

    Chocolate whipped cream makes these puffy treats especially decadent. If you don't have ramekins on hand, use small coffee mugs for a trendy presentation.

Coconut Macaroons

    These dense and slightly chewy French cookies are packed with rich shredded coconut that takes on a slightly nutty flavor from toasting in the oven.

Coeurs a la Creme with Apricot Sauce

    French for "heart with cream," this classic dessert is made in a perforated heart-shape mold. Similar to cheesecake (without the crumb crust), this slightly tangy dessert is topped with a sweet drizzle of apricot sauce.

Lemony Madeleines with Raspberry Ganache

    Rich and magnificent, these tiny dessert cakes are always showstoppers. Ganache (gah-NAHSH) is a baker's term for a filling (or icing) made by melting chocolate -- white chocolate in this case -- with whipping cream.

Orange-Basil Sorbet

    Sorbet is French for "sherbet." In this sprightly version, the zesty orange flavor is accented with a pungent, minty, licorice-like kick of basil. It makes a perfectly light dessert and looks beautiful served in hollowed-out orange halves.

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