France, the country of rich heritage, romance, and desserts. From fresh food, rich wine to the fanciest desserts, the aesthetic history and the elite culture of the French, the beauty of this country is one to be reckoned with. The word ‘dessert’ is derived from the French word ‘desservir’ which means ‘to clear the table’. And, we sure love to wipe off our tables when it’s full of desserts! When we’re talking about the art of desserts, it is safe to say that France has mastered and perfected this art form in all ways. Their world-class desserts have an ability to please all six senses. Did you know, there is an interesting myth about France which everyone tends to believe about ‘Gods of dessert’? People say that when the gods and goddesses of dessert came down to Earth, they settled down in France because of the inbound beauty and love the city poured on them. Honestly, I won’t hesitate to believe this story, because this country is indeed a place of lovely desserts and romance and I guess even you will believe it, once you try all these delicious recipes for yourself!
Let’s start with the classic dessert. The French Apple tart which is known as ‘Tarte aux Pommes’ will give the double dose of joy with the flavour and aroma of fresh apples, baked to perfection. Tarts are such desserts that look simple yet elegantly beautiful. With great texture, a soft and creamy stuffing on a crumbly crust, this is just pure bliss!
Trivia: The world’s most expensive Christmas tart was sold for £475 which is approx 48,656 INR.
The word soufflé has its origin from the French word ‘soufflér’ which means ‘to blow up’ and this fancy dessert indeed blows our minds with its flavour and texture. This one’s made with the king of fruits and is just so creamy, unbelievably light, and mango-ficient!
Trivia: Antonin Carâme created the ‘Soufflé Rothschild’ which had original gold in it. Wonder how much it costs!
The freshness of orange juice, a tangy touch of lemon and the cuteness of cherries make this dish not only delicious but also immensely adorable. Crepes are served in a bed of a yummilicious sauce and topped with cute little cherries and mint leaves! Could it get any fancier?
Trivia: Brittany is considered the crepe capital of the world as this famous dish was said to have originated there.
The gerund form of croissant is ‘crescent’ as the dish is shaped like a crescent moon but in French, croissant means ‘to grow, increase or to get larger’. Flaky, buttery and delicious croissants with a beautiful red colour filled with cream cheese are a definite treat to your eyes and taste buds!
Trivia: Croissant was considered to be an elite dish that can be only afforded by the elites of the country!
Signing off with one of the most popular desserts of France! Macarons or macaroons as most people call it are cute little pieces of happiness where macaron shells are stuffed with a decadent ganache filling. Contrary to what most people would believe, macarons originated in Italy but they’ve a higher fan base in France. Well, as long as we’re enjoying our share of macarons from the comfort of our home, who cares?
Trivia: Macarons have around 70-100 calories which is lesser than the calories of an average-sized cupcake. (That’s a relief!)
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