French Desserts – The Fantastic Four

French Desserts - The Fantastic Four

France’s love affair with cakes, tarts, and other desserts has been going on for quite some time. So at The Foodie Network, we have put together four soul-warming French desserts to keep your sweet tooth satisfied all week long

1. Lemon Tart: A crisp buttery crust with smooth tangy lemon custard. That is all you need to recreate this utterly iconic French dessert – a Classic French Lemon Tart – a perfect dessert to transition from summer to autumn. A slim layer of lemon cream fills this classic French tart, whose flavor balances rich butter, the acidity of lemon juice, and the bite of lemon zest. The crust, with a texture that’s similar to a shortbread cookie, retains a fatty crunch that’s an ideal contrast to the silky filling. The original French “Tarte au Citron” is meringue-less, and simply allows the bright yellow filling to shine on its own and when perfectly executed the result is dessert heaven. This classic French lemon tart is the quintessential French tart, found at patisseries and cafes year-round. So the next time Life throws lemons, bake a tart or even better just eat one!

2. Tarte Tatin: If you’ve not been to France then the closest encounter you may have had with this famed French dessert, Tarte Tatin is either on MasterChef Australia or in the pages of Martha Stewart’s recipe book. This French classic turns the Puritan plain apple pie on its head. Instead of soft clouds of sweetly sour, the Latin brazenly displays its wares, stickily caramelized and decadently buttery, on the outside – the humble base reduced to a mere vehicle for the apples in their sugary finery. Also always ask for a generous dollop of tangy crème fraîche. For an even more enhanced experience, just as you are about to dig in, close your eyes and reminisce one of the most memorable lines from the 1942 classic Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris”. Now we don’t know about Paris, but we guarantee, we’ll always have Tarte Tatin!

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3. Gâteau Fondant au Chocolat: From the breathtaking art and architecture s to incredible sunsets over the Seine, looking out of your window in Paris is more like looking at a Monet. Now with that background, imagine slicing into a warm round of gâteau fondant au Chocolat – “melting chocolate cake” in French to release the slow flood of chocolate from the interior. This dark and rich cake is an act of time and temperature – serve too early and it’s a sticky pool of hot cake batter; serve too late and it’s a brownie. When the balance is perfect, however, the treat blends the tender bite of a chocolate cake with the pleasure of a melted chocolate bar. In the 1990s, the cake became a menu star as a lava cake or molten chocolate cake. This classic dessert oozing with love in every bite remains one of the world’s most sophisticated ways to end a meal.

4. Crème Brûlée: From French patisseries to the MasterChef Australia kitchen, if there’s one dessert that’s inspired every pastry chef in the world to try their hands-on, it’s Crème Brûlée. The art of the appeal of preparing creme brulee is probably the fiery drama of burning the sugar topping. Shiny, burnt sugar tops this creamy dessert, and each bite should blend a bit of crispy caramel, burned just to the very edge of bitterness, with the aromatic flavor of vanilla custard. Often made using pure cream, creme brulee is among the richest of all the custard desserts, and it must be gently cooked in a water bath to prevent curdling and overbaking. Just one spoonful with make you break into Deff Leopard’s “Pour some sugar on me Ooh, in the name of love”!

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