French Desserts You Absolutely Must Taste Before You Die

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ve probably tried a recipe or two (or dozens) that originated in France. The French get a whole lot right when they’re trying things out in the kitchen, and dessert is one of their more famous specialties. If you haven’t invested a few dollars to purchase a French dessert cookbook, then you should do so as soon as possible. Here are just a few of the best French desserts that you should taste before you die!

Sure, you’ve tried Bavarian cream, but how it’s prepared depends on where you go. If you want the best dessert, you need to find a French chef. True Bavarian cream fills a fluted mold before being served to a patron. It isn’t thickened with flour or cornstarch. Instead, gelatin or isinglass is used. The dessert is sometimes flavored with tasty liqueur. In some settings Bavarian cream is accompanied by a fruity sauce.

Another dessert you probably think you’ve tried is mousse. Like most French cuisines, you haven’t had the real thing until you find someone who really knows how to make it. Whatever you whip up from your favorite cookbook probably won’t do the dessert justice this time. Mousse is often light and soft or sometimes thick and filling, and you’ll notice that the texture comes from air bubbles. Mousse is flavored with caramel or coffee or chocolate. Sometimes fruits or spices like mint are used for the same purpose, but it’s difficult to use these during preparation. Mousse also isn’t always a dessert; it can be prepared using meat, cheese, or even vegetables.

If you’ve never had flaugnarde, then add it to your list. The French know how to make baked goods just right, and this one tops them all. A dish is buttered, fruit is placed inside, and then batter that resembles flan tops it all off. Ingredients most often include peaches, apples, plums, prunes, or pears. The finished product looks like a pancake. If it doesn’t have confectioner’s sugar on top, then it isn’t the real thing. Depending on the cook, you might receive your flaugnarde either warm or cold.

Celebrating the holidays is a little bit different abroad, and Christmas in France is no exception. If you want to try to experience the holiday like they do, then festivities are accompanied by thirteen desserts that symbolize Jesus Christ and his twelve apostles. Trying to add the thirteen desserts to your Christmas tradition is a good way to try new things as well. Although the desserts usually start with nuts and fruits, you’ll also get to try your hand at making fried bugnes, fennel seed biscuits, candied citron, a yule log, pain d’epice, and a number of other delicious concoctions you’ve probably never tried before.