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32 French Desserts That Will Make You Want To Pack Everything And Move To Paris

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1. Tarte Tatin

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A delicious caramelized upside-down apple pie that never, ever, disappoints.

Here is the recipe.

2. Clafoutis

This cake, with a flan-like texture, is usually made with cherries, but you can also switch them for rhubarb and pears. Here is a recipe for the cherry version, and one with rhubarb.
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This cake, with a flan-like texture, is usually made with cherries, but you can also switch them for rhubarb and pears.

Here is a recipe for the cherry version, and one with rhubarb.

3. Crêpes

Because a life without crêpes isn't a life worth living. Find a recipe, here.
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Because a life without crêpes isn't a life worth living.

Find a recipe, here.

4. Paris-Brest

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The Paris-Brest is basically a cream puff filled with praline-flavored cream. What more do you need??

Find a recipe here and here.

5. Eclair au chocolat

A true classic that never lets you down. The real French chocolate éclairs have a chocolate cream filling, and not some kind of vanilla custard like many recipes in English would have you believe.Here is a great recipe.
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A true classic that never lets you down. The real French chocolate éclairs have a chocolate cream filling, and not some kind of vanilla custard like many recipes in English would have you believe.

Here is a great recipe.

6. Kouign Amann

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An amazing caramelized specialty from Brittany made with A LOT of butter, which is a prerequisite to achieve pastry heaven.

Here is a recipe.

7. Crème brûlée

It's both delicious and comforting. You can also have fun piercing the crust with the back of a spoon before eating it, like Audrey Tautou does in Amélie. Click here for the recipe.
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It's both delicious and comforting. You can also have fun piercing the crust with the back of a spoon before eating it, like Audrey Tautou does in Amélie.

Click here for the recipe.

8. Far Breton

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This prune cake is one of the most mouthwatering gifts Brittany has offered to the world.

Find the recipe, here.

9. Gâteau Basque

Another exquisite regional specialty, this time from the Basque Country. Here is the recipe.
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Another exquisite regional specialty, this time from the Basque Country.

Here is the recipe.

10. Gâteau au yaourt

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This yoghurt-based treat is probably the easiest cake recipe ever invented.

Find the recipe, here.

11. French Apple Pie

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You think you know apple pies, but if you haven't tried a French apple pie you don't know shit.

Click here for the recipe.

12. French lemon tart

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Less tangy than the American lime pie, the French lemon tart is both sweet and refreshing.

Here is the recipe.

13. Canelés

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This Bordeaux specialty tastes like vanilla and rum — in other words, it tastes like heaven.

Find the recipe, here.

14. Bugnes Lyonnaises

An addictive crunchy, fried pastry that resembles beignets. Click here for the recipe.
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An addictive crunchy, fried pastry that resembles beignets.

Click here for the recipe.

15. Chocolate Profiteroles

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I don't know who first had the idea to pour hot chocolate sauce on a choux pastry filled with vanilla ice cream, but this person deserves a Nobel Prize.

Here is a recipe.

16. Tarte tropézienne

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It's pretty much a giant cream puff, which can only be an amazing thing.

Recipe here and here.

17. Macarons

Perhaps the trendiest and most famous French pastries right now. If you can't make the trip to Pierre Hermé, find a recipe here.
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Perhaps the trendiest and most famous French pastries right now.

If you can't make the trip to Pierre Hermé, find a recipe here.

18. Chocolate Religieuse

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One of France's most popular pastries, the religieuse exists in many flavors but you can never go wrong with coffee and chocolate.

Here is the recipe.

19. Fig tart

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A delicious tart that celebrates one of the best fruits.

Here is the recipe.

20. Saint Honoré

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Cream puffs + pastry cream + whipped cream = food orgasm guaranteed.

Find the recipe, here.

21. Ispahan

Pierre Hermé's famous cake associates the flavors of raspberries, roses, and lychees for a mind-blowing result. Here is the recipe.
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Pierre Hermé's famous cake associates the flavors of raspberries, roses, and lychees for a mind-blowing result.

Here is the recipe.

22. Madeleines

These were Marcel Proust's favorites for a reason: They're always delightful.Recipe here.
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These were Marcel Proust's favorites for a reason: They're always delightful.

Recipe here.

23. Baba au Rhum

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It is soaked in rum. If that's not enough to convince you, I don't know what you need.

Find the recipe; here.

24. Chocolate Mousse

You can never go wrong with chocolate mousse. NEVER. Click here for the recipe.
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You can never go wrong with chocolate mousse. NEVER.

Click here for the recipe.

25. Kouglof

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The Alsatian bundt cake is the perfect Christmas treat.

Find a recipe, here.

26. Mont-Blanc

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Made with chestnut cream and meringue, the Mont-Blanc cake is the best thing you could ever eat after a cold winter day.

Here is the recipe.

27. Île flottante

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This floating island is the kind of classic dessert French grandmas make for their grandchildren.

Find a recipe, here.

28. Raspberry Charlotte

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Both beautiful and delicious.

Here is the recipe.

29. Meringues

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Crunchy, sticky, and sweet, meringues are ridiculously good and addictive.

Here is the recipe.

30. Chouquettes

They're fluffy, light as air, soft, sweet, and just so fucking delicious. Find the recipe, here.
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They're fluffy, light as air, soft, sweet, and just so fucking delicious.

Find the recipe, here.

31. Mille-feuille

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Puff pastry and custard united in a wonderful and exquisite dessert.

Here is the recipe.

32. Choux à la crème

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Words cannot even begin to express how good choux à la crème are. You're just gonna have to go ahead and try them for yourself.

Find the recipe, here.

The Paris-Brest is filled with praline-flavored cream. An earlier version of this post misstated that it was filled with whipped cream.

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