Category Archives: Desserts

Pommes au four

One of the delights of autumn is the baked apple — pomme au four in French. Served with cream or without, it’s a classic dessert that’s both healthy and easy to make. But is it so totally basic that it … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Assiette de fromages

Cheese stands as a course of its own in France — and why not, in a country with more than 400 varieties to choose from? It is usually presented between the main course and fruit or dessert, with the number … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Tarte aux fraises

It’s that strawberry time of year. So when friends were coming to dinner the other night I couldn’t resist the temptation to make a strawberry tart. This involves a little work, but the results are well worth it. And the … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Charlotte aux fraises

There’s an easy way and a hard way to make the delectable French strawberry dessert known as charlotte aux fraises, as I learned when setting out to make one for this post. A charlotte is an unbaked cake of ladyfingers … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Butterbredel

I had a surprise recently when a friend from Alsace presented me with a recipe for butterbredel, small butter cookies in festive shapes that are traditionally served over the holidays. They’re not just pretty but incredibly easy to make. And … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fruits d’été au cassis

Fresh summer fruit piled into dessert cups with a splash of crème de cassis makes a lovely way to end a meal. Add a smattering of mint leaves, and you have a dish that is both sophisticated and simple to … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fraises au basilic et vinaigre balsamique

Strawberries with basil and balsamic vinegar, aka strawberry carpaccio, appeared relatively recently on Paris bistro menus. The combination makes a refreshing dessert on warm summer evenings — light, tangy and sophisticated. And the real magic is that it takes about … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Strudel aux pommes

Some days you just need comfort food — so why not make an apple strudel? This delightfully flaky dessert has been popular in France since it was introduced at Versailles by Marie-Antoinette, who came here from her native Austria after … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

Tarte aux abricots amandine

A highlight of the French summer is the rosy-cheeked apricot, which arrives from the south, generally Provence, and appears in abundance at farmers’ markets at this time of year. And a delight of the French table is a tart of … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tiramisu

Can you imagine that tiramisu, the ubiquitous feather-light confection, did not exist half a century ago? It certainly was nowhere to be found in Paris when I arrived in the 1970s, having only just been invented (apparently), although its origins … Continue reading

Posted in Desserts | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment