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Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of

September 12, 2021
For years now, France has provided the culinary world with a lot of delicious sweets. There are the delectable macarons, offering a myriad of flavors that are as colorful as the treats themselves. Madeleines, on the other hand, take light, buttery, and fluffiness to a whole new level. And you can't forget about crêpes and the many other sweets you can put in. These are part of what makes French cuisine so popular, at least, among those with a strong sweet tooth. But beyond these popular desserts, there are more French treats you ought to know about. Here are some of them.

Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of


Le Kouign Amann

In the beautiful Brittany region of France, Le Kouign Amann serves as its own traditional dessert. Translated from the regional dialect as 'butter cake,' the name itself is somewhat of an understatement. Yes, Le Kouign Amann is essentially a butter cake but it's also more than that! It's multiple layers of puff pastry, each filled with caramelized sugar and, of course, butter. More so akin to the more famous croissant than anything else, it pairs well with a cup of coffee every morning. Every slice tastes like a dream, a buttery dream that is!
Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of
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La Tarte Tropezienne

What Le Kouign Amann is to Brittany and the croissant is (unofficially) to Paris, La Tarte Tropezienne is to Saint Tropez. if there's something that you must do in Saint Tropez, it's to indulge in La Tarte Tropezienne. And it's all thanks to one Brigitte Bardot. When the iconic French blond bombshell spent time in the French Riviera, she often enjoyed this light and fluffy cream-filled treat. So much so that the desert itself became a popular draw for both tourists and locals alike to go to the luxurious coastal city. Fortunately, the pastry itself is easy enough to make at home, but there's no replacing the experience of enjoying it here in Saint Tropez!
Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of
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La Religieuse

By its name alone, you'd think this was some sort of holy bread or something, right? Well, it's not! On the contrary, this dessert is so good, it's almost sinful! La Religieuse, also known as 'The Nun,' comprises of choux buns, one on top of the other. Both are filled with light cream and can be topped with icing, chocolate, powdered sugar, and more. Now, why is it called 'The Nun'? The dessert is often completed by putting a whipped cream around the smaller choux bun on top, which ends up looking like a nun's collar. Such an adorable reason, isn't it?
Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of
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La Tarte aux Pralines

Coming from the city of Lyon, the capital of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, La Tarte aux Pralines is a tangy dessert worth tasting. It's a richer treat compared to the other sweets on this list, as it's essentially a pastry shell filled with Crème Fraiche mixed with crushed pralines. Taking a bit out of it will require more than you realize, as the crunch of the pralines and the pastry shell combined with the sticky constitution of filling take a toll on your teeth. But once you truly taste the mix of flavors, you'll understand that all that effort was worth it!
Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of
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Paris Brest

Back in the early 20th century, France used to hold a race called 'Paris–Brest–Paris' (PBP) which took cyclists from Paris to the city of Brest and back. It used to be quite the anticipated event back in the day, so much so that a patisserie by the name of Louis Durand eventually invented a new dessert inspired by it. Called the Paris-Brest, it's a doughnut-like choux pastry filled with praline cream. The dessert became such a sensation that it eventually transformed into a mainstay in French cuisine, even after the Paris–Brest–Paris race ended in 1951 (though it came back briefly in 2019). Nowadays, it serves as a great companion to a cup of coffee, tea, or any other warm comforting drink.
Top Five French Sweets You Probably Never Heard Of
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Though these may not be the most popular of French sweets, that doesn't mean they taste any worse. On the contrary, you might even end up liking these desserts more than the famous ones!

If you're craving any of these desserts, try to make them in your own luxury home!




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