French desserts are enticing treats which, when served on the table, lure us to grab them immediately. May it be a crescent-shaped croissant or a cream-layered profiterole, you are in for a complete gastronomical delight. These pastries are authentic, and have unique tastes and flavors. The ones that are in great demand are croissants, petit four, éclairs, pain au chocolat, choux, crullers, and brioche.
Other than pastries, different cookies like profiterole, mille-feuille, beignet, croissant amande, etc., are also popular. All these pastries, cakes, and cookies serve as wonderful desserts. They were first served during the 17th century. If you are a pastry lover, the following recipes for French pastries shall let you know the preparatory methods that contribute to their utterly delicious taste.
The sweet, flaky, and light croissants are the most common kind of pastries.
- Dry yeast, 4 tsp.
- Milk, ½ cup
- Bread flour, 3½ cup
- Soft butter, 1 cup
- Salt, 1½ tsp.
- Almonds sliced, ⅓ cup
- Powdered sugar, 2 tsp.
- Granulated sugar, ⅓ cup
- Egg, 1
- Almond filling (frangipane), ½ cup
- Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Make the dough by combining milk, sugar, flour, salt, yeast (dissolved), and water to get the desired consistency.
- Form dough balls, and wrap them with plastic. Refrigerate them overnight.
- Allow them to set at room temperature after taking them out from the refrigerator.
- Roll the dough, and cut pieces of at least 12 inches. Make the pastries crescent-shaped.
- Fill the wedges with the almond filling, and roll them up.
- Cover them, and keep in a warm place for 60 minutes. This will make them fluffy.
- The oven is preheated at 350° F. The croissants are then brushed with egg, and sprinkled with almonds. The baking sheets are then placed inside the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Pain au Chocolat
This has a middle chocolate layer, and a crisp and fluffy top.
- Yeast, 0.88 oz.
- Butter, 14.11 oz.
- Water, 9.13 fl. oz.
- Sugar, 2.6 oz.
- Bread flour, 17.64 oz.
- Apricot jam, 3.5 oz.
- Mars bars
- Beaten egg, 1
- Prepare the dough by mixing flour, sugar, salt, water, and yeast. Do not knead the dough vigorously. Cool the dough inside the refrigerator for one hour.
- Take the dough out, and roll on the butter from the top. Make sure that at least two-third of the dough is covered with butter.
- Wrap the remaining portion of the dough over the butter coat. Roll in the same way two more times. Keep it inside the refrigerator once again.
- Fill each pastry with a Mars bar, and make it look like a sausage.
- Flatten the pastries a little, and brush with an egg.
- Place the pastries on a sauce pan, and glaze with apricot jam.
- Bake inside the oven for 20 minutes, at 350° F.
French Pie Pastry
- Water, ½ cup
- Butter, ½ cup
- All-purpose flour, 2 cups
- Salt, ½ tsp.
- Mix flour, salt, and butter together. Add a little water. Roll the dough with the help of your index finger, and use a fork to create a spiral shape.
- Make sure that the dough is soft. Form balls with the dough, and cover them with a foil. Refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven at 350° F, and place the balls over the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow the balls to cool, and cover them with flavored cream of your choice.
That was all about making French pastries at home. Bake these, and serve your kids and family at breakfast time or post dinner, as desserts.