Guide to Sweet Treats in Paris
Updated: Nov 24, 2021
Where does trying new food rank when you travel to a destination? Experiencing the local cuisine should be part of travel to every destination. Every country has its local treats, but none call my name more than the profiteroles in Paris. When planning your trip to Paris, remember to include time to enjoy some of the delicious desserts in the City of Lights.
Paris is sweet on the eye, sweet on the romance, and sweet on the palette. It is a sugar lover’s dream, and the only problem you’ll have with the tasty French desserts is which one to choose. Ah, but I have broken down the top 10 must-try for your visit. And if you have to eat more than one a day just to get through them? Well, c’est la vie!
The Tartes Aux Fruits
The tartes aux fruits are prepared with fresh fruit inside a buttery pastry. The fruit sit atop a heavenly Chantilly cream. You can enjoy these tartes in both miniature and pie sizes.
The éclair is a popular dessert in Paris. The long French choux pastry can be filled with either a rich custard or pastry cream, and topped with a sweet fondant. By definition, the term éclair means lightning in French. Go figure!
The Paris Brest
This pastry was created to celebrate the Paris to Brest bicycle ride in 1891. Naturally, it's circular and contains praline flavored crème and choux pastry.
Macarons are undeniably delectable. There are so many flavors to choose from. The base ingredients include an airy meringue and almonds. Be sure not to confuse the macarons with coconut macaroons, in which the English added the -oon to the word in the 16th century.
The Tarte Au Citron
Tarte Au Citron, also known as the lemon tart, is also very popular. Donning a pastry crust and delicious lemon filling. The filling, however, is not made with fruit. The cream is a mixture containing lemon juice, lemon zest, and of course, eggs and sugar.
The Mille Feuille
This fluffy treat comes in a vanilla or custard slice and has several layers of puff pastry. Between the puff pastry lies an additional two layers of pastry crème. Another name for the Mille Feuill is the Napoleon.
The Tarte Tatin
Named after the hotel that serves the dessert (Hotel Tatin), the tarte Tatin is a unique upside-down pastry. Its ingredients include caramelized fruit prepared with sugar and butter. It pairs famously with a bit of tart crème fraiche.
The Choux à La Crème
These cream puffs are created using puff pastry as well. They swell while cooking and are actually hollow. The oozing center can be either whipped cream or custard. Interestingly enough, once you add chocolate as your topping, it then becomes a profiterole. You can add various toppings to this pastry, from ice cream to fruit and even spun caramel.
This buttery, flaky wonder is a signature French pastry. There are so many ways to top it; you can use fruit, chocolate, fondant, or a compote of your choosing. You will not be disappointed.
The Petits Four
Translated, petit four means small oven and is also known as mignardises. The fours are miniature bite-sized confections that can also be savory if you choose. The sweet route includes a sugary glaze atop a crispy biscuit. These pastries are perfect for tea parties.
When you are ready to indulge in the treats in Paris, let me plan the perfect experience for you. Paris will become the destination for you.