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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vanilla Bean Souffle with Vanilla Custard Sauce

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

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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.

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Lemon Souffle Dessert

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

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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.

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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.

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Caramel-Almond Profiteroles

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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