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Today is National Pots de Crème day. What is pots de crème, you ask? Good question, because we had no idea either. Pots de Crème happens to be a French dessert custard. The custard in a pots de crème is looser than the custard in flan or crème brûlée, which sets it apart from these other popular custard desserts.

The French have good food, and they have even better desserts. So even though it is National Pots de Crème day, we decided to round up some popular French desserts of all kinds. We don’t know how you will choose just one to celebrate with though, they all look amazing. 

Mocha Pots de Crème

mocha pots de creme french dessert

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Of course we are starting off with the dessert that is being recognized. However we like this spin on it. The chocolate custard is mixed with espresso, and we love anything that involves coffee. Custard is pretty rich to begin with, but this delicious looking recipe takes it over the edge.

Crêpe Suzette

crepe suzette french desserts

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There are few things we love as much as (or more than) coffee, but alcohol is definitely one of them. Crêpe Suzette combines crêpes, caramelized sugar and butter, and alcohol. It is seriously decedent and one of our favorites.

Tarte Tatin

tarte tatin french desserts

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Tarte Tatin is usually made with apples and is one great gift to this earth. The fruit is caramelized in butter and sugar before the tarte is baked, and it is made upside down. The buttery fruit and the pie like crust are a godly combination. We’re drooling already.

Crème Brûlée

creme brulee french dessert

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A true French classic. This custard dessert is exciting because the top layer is burnt into a caramely shell that you have to crack through to get to the custard. The custard is usually vanilla, but the possibilities are pretty endless if you want to get creative.

Coeur a la Creme

coeur de la creme french dessert

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The French love their cream, but can you blame them? It makes things so much more delicious. From what we can gather, Coeur a la Creme is a sweetened cream cheese based dessert in the shape of a heart. This recipe, which calls for the addition of raspberries and Grand Marnier, looks incredible. Sign us up.

Macarons

earl grey macarons french dessert

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Sweet and colorful, macarons are meringue-based desserts that resemble tiny sandwich cookies. They come in tons of different flavors and are often confused with macaroons (which are different) but are far superior.  They usually have jelly or buttercream as the filling  and personally, we are fans of Earl Grey macarons.

Madeleines

madeleine cakes french dessert

(photo via allrecipes

Coming from the Lorraine region of France, madeleines are a traditional small cake with a distinct shell like shape. The shape comes from the pan they are traditionally baked in. The flavor is similar to a sponge cake, but a bit lighter. It is also popular for the cake to be flavored with lemon zest.

What is your favorite French dessert?

 


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