12 Scrumptious French Pastry Recipes

Some Amazing French Pastry Recipes Await You!

There are a number of things that France is known for: Its stunning architecture, fascinating history, unique culture, and – of course – its cuisine. In fact, French culture is rooted in being social and enjoying a variety of flavors wherever possible!

That’s why it’s no surprise that French cuisine is a big part of French identity, and vice versa. Sweet French desserts – specifically pastries – play a big part in shaping how the French indulge. The cool thing about a large country like France is that you can find different French pastries that hail from all different regions.

As you travel across France, you will find that food plays a huge role in shaping a community. Many “pâtisseries” specialize in pastries while the local “boulangerie” is geared towards bread as more of a bakery. That said, some places are definitely both – while others specialize in on or the other. Whatever the case, you are sure to find amazing places to grab a delicious French pastry all over France!

Eric has been to lots of different cities across France – from Lille in the north to Marseilles in the south – and has enjoyed pastries all over. One time in Lyon, he stepped into a cafe/pâtisseries and ordered a mini raspberry fruit tart which he swears (to this day) was the best he has ever had.

If you are unable to get to France (or an authentic French bakery) any time soon, then the next best thing is to create French pastries at home. From classic profiterole (cream puffs) using pâte à choux to dipper éclairs and many pastries that use layered, buttery dough (for croissants), there is no shortage of sweet treats to create!

Luckily for you, there are many great French pastry recipes that aren’t overly difficult to create even though they look super fancy. Don’t let the sugary glazes, extra flaky layers, creamy fillings, or colorful decor scare you!

With so many different types of French pastries to choose from, it can be hard too figure out which French pastry recipes are something for you! Below you'll find a variety of recipes for delicious French sweets that are just like what you'd find if you traveled to France!

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