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French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter

December 31, 2020
If you've ever been to Paris, you'll know that coffee is an important part of the day. Whether you drink it for breakfast or you stop for a coffee break in the middle of the afternoon, Parisians love enjoying a hot cup. What more when it's winter! When the Parisian breezes are extra cold and the snowflakes begin to fall? Of course, at this time, drinking coffee becomes an absolute must! Though many Parisians don't just drink them on their own. More often than not, there will be some pastries involved to really amp up the taste. Here are a few worth mentioning!
French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter


Blinis

Firstly, you ought to know that not all French pastries are sweet. Sure, the classic ones are sugary and saccharine, but there are few that are actually savory yet still pairs well with coffee. One such is a place of blinis. Little slices of crepe (oftentimes mistaken as pancakes) topped with all sorts of delicacies. Some would include smoked salmon, others prefer caviar and the like. And while they'd fare better with wine, there are those that go just as well with coffee. More often than not, blinis are light and savory, making them complementary to the bitter taste of the coffee.
French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter
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Galette des Rois

As France is largely a Catholic country, most of the holidays they celebrate are religious. One, in particular, is Epiphany Day, also known as the 'Day of the Three Kings.' Commemorating that time the Three Wise Men met the newborn Jesus Christ, it's as joyful a holiday in the country as Christmas and New Year's Day. And on this special holiday, the french serve a cake called 'Galette des Rois.' Translated to 'King cake,' it's a special dessert made for this very occasion. Though most serve it throughout winter as well. Its fluffy taste makes it a perfect pairing with a hot cup of coffee!
French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter
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Paris-Brest

Of course, an extremely sweet dessert would work well with coffee too. In fact, it's fair to say that one of the reasons Parisians love drinking coffee is that they can contrast the slightly bitter taste with their very saccharine treats. A great way to not overwhelm their taste buds all while satisfying their insatiable sweet tooths. One such is dessert is the Paris-Brest, a wheel-shaped cream-filled treat. Delectable pastries sandwiching a light and airy cream filling is the type of treat kids love enjoying after Sunday mass. Or the type that'd go well with a freshly-brewed cup of coffee, even when served black!
French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter
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Mille-feuille

What about something a bit flaky? A delicious serving of mille-feuille might just be the perfect pairing with a cup of coffee, no matter how dark or cream the latter is. Granted it can get a bit messy to enjoy, the creamy filling, the flaky puff pastry, and the contrast of hot coffee make for quite the comfortable meal. This pairing is more for when you need to take a break and just enjoy something sweet to cleanse your palette. If you can't make some at home, you'll find countless cafés in Paris that serve this mille-feuille.
French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter
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Financier

Finally, there's the financier! Some might say it's the most 'basic' pastry in French cuisine. Be that as it may, there's no denying this simple treat would work well with coffee. Why? because you can easily dip it in your cup to enjoy more of the caffeine! The financier was popularized back in the 19th-century because actual financiers (hence the pastry's name) enjoyed them without getting their hands dirty. Whether you slice one up first and or dip it in one go, this will probably taste better than a donut dipped in coffee!
French Pastries to Pair With Coffee This Winter
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Even during winter, coffee remains one of the most desired drinks in France. Fortunately, the country has a lot of pastries that'd go well with it. Some are savory, some are filled with delicious cream, and some are simple yet extremely sweet at the same time!

All of these amazing treats—paired with coffee, of course!—will taste infinitely better when enjoyed in a luxury home in Paris!




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