For the beginner baker, French desserts are often daunting. However, with these easy and delicious recipes you'll see that they're not so hard to make as long as you follow some basic instructions.
I've got a handful of recipes for you that will have your mouth watering before you know it! Trust me when I say these delicious French desserts are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. You'll be the hit of the party, and you'll feel like a pro.
1. Crème Brûlée
The first dessert is a classic French dessert called crème brûlée, which requires a little more preparation than some of the other cakes I'm about to share with you. To make it, start by making a custard base in advance. It will take about two hours to prepare (this includes baking time), but it's really easy to make and is well worth your time. You'll need an electric mixer for this one, however.
2. French Cheesecake
The second recipe is for a simple cheesecake. I prefer the flavor of this one to others I've tried because it's not as rich and heavy, making it perfect for a snack or to have alongside a cup of tea. It will take about 35 minutes to prepare, but you'll need an electric mixer, too.
The last recipe is for a sponge cake that is made with yogurt and eggs. This recipe is a bit unique because it uses a lot of eggs and yogurt. It's especially delicious when served with honey or jam. You'll need a mixer, as well as a pan to bake in.
Finally, I have a recipe for a classic French dessert called amandine. This is a wonderful spring/summer treat. If you're lucky enough to find fresh strawberries or raspberries, they're simply perfection with the lightness of the cake. As I mentioned earlier, this is a fairly easy baked good to make; you can make it in advance and freeze it for another day's special occasion!
These creamy, light and airy buttery puffs are one of my absolute favorite desserts. They taste like tiny meringues, but they're a little more refined. These little puffs are perfect for any occasion and they're easy to make. I've got a lot of tips and tricks for you so that these goodies come out just right. You'll need an electric mixer, as well as an oven.
5. Strawberry Tarts
This recipe is for a simple strawberry tart. This is not a difficult dessert to make, but it's even easier if you use purchased pastry. I recommend making this in the summertime when strawberries are at their peak of freshness. You'll need a pastry blender, as well as an electric mixer.
6. Lemon Meringue Pie
Finally, this recipe is for lemon meringue pie. I love the silky texture of this dessert. It goes quite well with a cup of tea or coffee, so it's perfect for when you have guests over. Plus, this one is very easy to make. You'll need an electric mixer, a small dish and a 9-inch pie pan.
7. French Macarons
These desserts are guaranteed to impress your guests. They're also more difficult than they look, but if you use a pasty pan, it makes them easier to make than a handheld pastry bag. I'm going to share with you this recipe for French macaron. It's delicious and it's really simple to make as long as you follow the instructions.
Make sure that you practice how to fill the pastry shells before you try to bake them. They're quite delicate and they tend to spread out if filled incorrectly.