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37 French desserts to master

Crêpes and clafoutis, millefeuilles and madeleines, and gâteaux, give us all the gâteaux.
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Crêpes and clafoutis, millefeuille and madeleines, and gâteaux, give us all the gâteaux. The world of French desserts is a sweet, sweet place indeed.

In our rundown of the best French dessert recipes, we have classic French desserts, 21st-century spin-offs and, for expert home cooks, Damien Pignolet’s guide to making croquembouche. Plus, we share how to make Gimlet’s crêpes Suzette, a quick tarte Tatin recipe, a classic crème brulée recipe, French cake ideas and French pastries such as éclairs, millefeuille and palmiers. 

From easy weeknight French dessert ideas to long-cook weekend baking challenges, no matter what French classic recipe you’re after, you’ll likely find it below. Allons-y!

Pear tarte Tatin

Pear tarte Tatin

(Credits: Rob Shaw)

Quick pear tarte Tatin

Salted caramel chocolate éclairs

Salted caramel chocolate éclairs

(Credits: John Paul Urizar)

Flour and Stone’s salted caramel chocolate éclairs

French dessert recipe millefuille
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Rhubarb millefeuille

crêpes Suzette in a cast iron pan with candied orange peel and sauce with flames
Crêpes Suzette recipe (Credits: Brett Stevens)

Gimlet’s crêpes Suzette

Paris-Brest with hazelnut praline cream

Paris-Brest with hazelnut praline cream

(Credits: William Meppem)

Paris-Brest with hazelnut praline cream

Ginger madeleines with spiced crème Anglaise
(Credits: William Meppem)

Ginger madeleines with spiced crème Anglaise

Fennel and orange sugared brioche

Fennel and orange sugared brioche

(Credits: William Meppem)

Fennel and orange sugared brioche

Kouign-amann

Kouign-amann

(Credits: Rob Shaw)

How to make (and say) kouign-amann

Chocolate soufflés recipe

Chocolate soufflé

(Credits: Mikkel Vang)

Chocolate soufflé

Merveilleux

Crêpes Suzette

Crêpes Suzette

(Credits: Chris Court)

Crêpes Suzette

Mocha religieuses

Mocha religieuses

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Mocha religieuses

Chocolate liégeois
(Credits: Adele Brynne)

Chocolate liégeois

Prune and brandy clafoutis

Beignets

Beignets

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Beignets

Macarons with white chocolate and raspberry ganache
(Credits: William Meppem)

Macarons with white chocolate and raspberry ganache

Savarins

Savarins

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Savarins

Cardamom and orange palmiers

Cardamom and orange palmiers

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Cardamom and orange palmiers

Crushed strawberry and pistachio éclairs

Crushed strawberry and pistachio éclairs

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Crushed strawberry and pistachio éclairs

Passionfruit soufflés with vanilla Anglaise

Passionfruit soufflés with vanilla Anglaise

Guillaume Brahimi’s passionfruit soufflés with vanilla anglaise

Boozy crème caramel with grapefruit tuiles

Boozy crème caramel with grapefruit tuiles

(Credits: John Paul Urizar)

Boozy crème caramel with grapefruit tuiles

Tarte fine aux pommes

Tarte fine aux pommes

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Tarte fine aux pommes

Blueberry-hazelnut clafoutis

Blueberry-hazelnut clafoutis

(Credits: John Paul Urizar)

Blueberry-hazelnut clafoutis

Canelés with spiced hot chocolate
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Canelés with spiced hot chocolate

Crème caramel
(Credits: Rob Shaw)

How to make crème caramel

Five round glazed doughnuts with swirled ridges, on a grey rectangular plate, with a cup of tea in the top right corner.
(Credits: William Meppem)

French crullers

Anise fougasse recipe

Anise fougasse recipe

(Credits: William Meppem)

Anise fougasse

Saffron and sour-cherry brioche

Saffron and sour-cherry brioche

(Credits: William Meppem)

Nadine Ingram’s saffron and sour-cherry brioche

Rum savarin with coconut cream and pineapple
(Credits: William Meppem)

Rum savarin with coconut cream and pineapple

Gâteau Opéra

Gâteau Opéra

(Credits: William Meppem)

Gâteau Opéra

Pistachio and strawberry vacherin

Pistachio and strawberry vacherin

(Credits: William Meppem)

Pistachio and strawberry vacherin

Fine apple tart

Fine apple tart

(Credits: Dean Wilmot)

How to make a fine apple tart

Gâteau Saint-Honoré

Gâteau Saint-Honoré

(Credits: William Meppem)

Damien Pignolet’s guide to making gâteau Saint-Honoré

Crème brûlées

Jacques Reymond: Sugar tart

Jacques Reymond: Sugar tart

(Credits: Sharyn Cairns)

Sugar tart

Mandarin soufflé with white chocolate sauce

Chocolate mousse

Croquembouche

Croquembouche

(Credits: Rob Shaw)

Damien Pignolet’s guide to making croquembouche

Chocolate and almond millefeuille

(Credits: Ben Dearnley (main))

Chocolate and almond millefeuille

Looking for more French desserts? Check out more French dessert recipes at Australian Women’s Weekly Food.

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