France is a country that has a long culinary tradition, and French desserts are part of it. Therefore, there are a great number of mouth-watering delicacies you can have throughout Paris as you tour the city. Some of them are products of famous confectionery trademarks (Ladurée, Fauchon…) and reputable tea houses (Angelina in the first place). Others can be found in stores, bakeries, restaurants and other eateries. So, while you are in Paris, you should pay attention to at least some of the following top recommendations:
The Ispahan macaron (l’Ispahan) is the most popular delicacy of Ladurée, a worldwide renowned trademark. The main ingredients of such an outstanding sweet are raspberries, rosewater and lychee. Rose petals on top, used for decorative purposes, make the delicacy look truly awesome.
What makes this macaron irresistible is not just its design, which (you will admit) will make you feel sorry to eat it. It tastes as good as it looks, combining perfectly balanced flavors. You will notice how sweetness gently comes through freshness as you put Ispahan into your mouth.
Besides in the Ladurée shops, you can find the Ispahan macaron in Pierre Hermé shops. Although the Ladurée’s version is slightly pricier, most people find it much better. If you prefer, however, to make such a spectacular French dessert on your own, you can make use of this recipe.
Maybe Tarte Tatin doesn’t look as tempting as l’Ispahan, but its taste won’t let you down. It is a combination of ordinary ingredients, such as apples, sugar and butter, but the preparing procedure is what makes this dessert mind-blowing. The result of it brings in front of you a juicy pastry with crisp caramel.
The very first Tarte Tatin was made quite accidentally. A hotel’s cook intended to prepare an ordinary apple pie, but she left apples to cook until they burnt. Having no time to make another pie, the cook turned the pastry upside down and put it in the oven. The hotel’s guests were delighted with the outcome. If you would like to make Tarte Tatin on your own, you should better use this recipe.
The popular “African” is a brand of the iconic Angelina tea house. It is a hot, dark chocolate with a strong flavor. It is so thick that it could easily pass for a pudding if it were a bit thicker. L’Africain is served in a jug, accompanied by a jug of water and whipped cream, and is sufficient for 2 or 3 people.
L’African is made of specially selected cocoa from Cote d’Ivore, Niger and Ghana, featuring strong flavor. If it proves to be too strong for you, you can have it lightened with the whipped cream. However, it certainly tastes the best without the addition. Hence, you should take small sips at a time for the premium experience.
Such a spectacular delicacy you can find in Angelina’s tea houses.
If you are faint-hearted and wouldn’t dare to risk with L’Africain, then chocolate soufflé is a worthy substitution. Featuring crusty crunch with a creamy filling underneath, chocolate soufflé is among the most popular French desserts you can find in Paris and wider.
Chocolate soufflé is especially fluffy and light, featuring rich chocolate flavor. In a single word, it is marvelous. Such a delicacy can be quickly and easily prepared by you. Just pay special attention to the composure of related ingredients because the outcome heavily depends on it.
Choc Made in F
Fauchon’s Choc Made in F is a collection of chocolates with different fillings and unique flavors, each featuring its own number from 0 to 9. These small sweets are especially popular with chocolate aficionados, coming in variations including vanilla, coffee, caramel, fruit and other popular flavors. These variations come in white, milk and dark chocolate coatings, featuring bitter, milky, savory and sweet flavors among others. You can find a list of Fauchon’s stores selling sweets and other products here.
The Paris-Brest isn’t especially popular out of France, but it is one of the most popular desserts in the country. Resembling a bicycle wheel, it was ordered and created to celebrate the Paris-Brest bicycle race in 1910.
The design of the delicacy can differ from the one in the related photo, but its ingredients are mostly uniform. The Paris-Brest’s crusts comprise caramelized hazelnuts and almonds, while the praline mousseline cream is in the middle. Although the cake is on offer at various shops and bakeries, head to La Patisserie des Reves to taste the best Paris-Brest cake.
Another spectacular French cake that won’t leave you indifferent is named after the patron saint of pastry bakers. Its main ingredients are puff and choux pastries, caramelized sugar, cream puffs and whipped cream. As you eat this outstanding cake, you will experience several perfectly combined and subtle flavors. Saint Honoré also comes in various shapes, which depends on the cook. If you wish to be one, you can use this recipe.
Delightful and small, Madeleine cakes are perfect additions to your tea time. These are made of flour, eggs, sugar, almonds or any other nuts, depending on what you like the most. The nuts are finely ground and certain variations of Madeleines include lemon zest. Madeleines can be covered with powdered sugar, but with or without it, these little angels are sure to amaze you. They are delicious as they are simply made, and you can use this recipe to make them on your own.
You can never make a mistake when ordering chocolate mousse, especially if you prefer lightly sweet and rich chocolate flavor. Chocolate mousse features an airy texture, consisting of air bubbles. Its main ingredients are whipped egg whites, whipped cream and, of course, chocolate. The dessert, however, doesn’t need to be light. It can also be with denser flavor and thicker texture.
To enjoy probably the best chocolate mousse in Paris, head to Chez Janou, which can be found near the Place des Vosges.
We are back at Angelina once more. Mont Blanc is a stunningly designed and delicious delicacy, consisting of a chestnut cream, soft cream cheese and meringue. Mont Blanc’s texture is both creamy and crunchy and if you aren’t immediately drawn to it by how it looks, don’t just disregard it. Mont Blanc can be topped with a fluffy white cream and it is offered in various confectionery shops. But, if you can be satisfied only with the best, head to Angelina tea houses. After all, its recipe has remained completely unaltered since 1903 (when Angelina was founded), which means a great deal.