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Creative French Desserts: 25 Recipes for Every Sweet Occasion

Creative French Desserts: 25 Recipes for Every Sweet Occasion

Beautiful, creative French desserts are sure to make a statement on your table whenever you serve them. These 25 spectacular recipes will give you all the inspiration you need to get started!

Creative French Desserts: 25 Recipes for Any and Every Sweet Occasion // FoodNouveau.com

You are probably familiar with the many classic French desserts you can make at home—especially if you’ve spent a bit of this on this website 😍 But one of my favorite things about “classic recipes” is that once you master them, you can get creative and put a fresh new spin on them!

This collection of 25 creative French desserts does just that! Getting creative doesn’t have to be complicated, it just requires a little imagination. Think of new or unique flavor combinations and work out how you can incorporate them with your classic recipe—it’s often easier than you think!

 


1. Cinnamon Palmiers

by Everyday Delicious

Cinnamon palmiers are crunchy and fragrant cinnamon cookies that are super quick to make and require just 3 ingredients!

Cinnamon Palmiers by Everyday Delicious

2. Maple Roasted Fig & Hazelnut Financiers

by Food Nouveau

These easy-to-make hazelnut financiers have crunchy edges and a nutty, tender crumb. Topped with maple-infused roasted figs, they’re just irresistible!

Maple Roasted Fig & Hazelnut Financiers by Food Nouveau

3. Raspberry & Pistachio Financiers

by Simple Bites

These brightly colored raspberry and pistachio financiers are the perfect sweet bite to end any meal. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, which means you can make and enjoy these beauties year round!

Raspberry & Pistachio Financiers by Simple Bites

4. Mocha Madeleines with Espresso Glaze

by Food Nouveau

These mocha madeleines are the perfect coffee companion! Infused with espresso and cocoa and dipped in a stunning glaze, they’re not too sweet and just perfect as a snack or evening treat.

Mocha Madeleines with Espresso Glaze by Food Nouveau

5. Honey Orange Macarons

by Food Nouveau

These crowd-pleasing Honey Orange Macarons combine comforting, mellow flavors in a tiny, colorful package. This recipe includes a variety of resources to help you learn how to make French macarons, including a video class!

Honey Orange Macarons by Food Nouveau

6. Pumpkin Crème Caramel

by Good Life Eats

These warmly flavored pumpkin crème caramel are super simple to make. Indeed, your blender will do most of the work for you! Aside from making the caramel sugar and putting the final recipe together before baking it, this recipe is simple enough the kids can make it!

Pumpkin Crème Caramel by Good Life Eats

7. Chai Crème Brûlée

by Gluten-Free Palate

Creamy, smooth, and decadent this Chai Crème Brûlée has the perfect flavor profile and insanely pleasing texture.

Chai Crème Brûlée by Gluten-Free Palate

8. Chocolate Hazelnut Pots de Crème

by Food Nouveau

Chocolate and Hazelnut Pots de Crème are incredibly easy to make, yet incredibly delightful. Your guests will swoon over the silky texture and the rich flavor of this impressive and creative French dessert.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pots de Crème by Food Nouveau

9. Apple Maple Clafoutis

by The Bake School

This creative take on the classic cherry-centric French dessert combines apples with maple syrup and aromatic spices. The egg custard batter is divided between individual ramekins and puffs up like crazy in the oven, like a Dutch baby, and then it settles down as the ramekins cool. An absolutely comforting dessert for a crisp fall day!

Apple Maple Clafoutis by The Bake School

10. Blackberry, Cherry, and Chocolate Clafoutis

by Food Nouveau

This striking chocolate clafoutis combines the creamy texture of the classic French dessert with a rich chocolate flavor and juicy seasonal fruits. The texture of this lovely dessert is somewhere between a rich pudding and a summer fruit cobbler. Serve it warm with whipped cream or vanilla bean gelato and let yourself be transported to cloud nine!

Blackberry, Cherry, and Chocolate Clafoutis by Food Nouveau

11. Brown Butter, Hazelnut and Cherry Clafoutis Bars

by Food Nouveau

These juicy, nutty, and rich bars transforms the quintessential cherry dessert into a portable treat! The buttery crust contains ground hazelnuts and aromatic brown butter and the clafoutis custard is tweaked to perfectly hold its shape. The resulting texture comes close to that of a blondie, one that’s dotted with juicy, delicious cherries throughout. Simply irresistible!

Brown Butter, Hazelnut and Cherry Clafoutis Bars by Food Nouveau

12 Persian Rosewater Cream Puffs

by Honest and Tasty

These rosewatter cream puffs are absolutely heavenly! With a bit of Persian rose, it takes a classic to another level.

Persian Rosewater Cream Puffs by Honest and Tasty

13. Rose Raspberry Fool Cream Puffs

by Food Nouveau

These super cute rose raspberry fool cream puffs elevate a quick and easy summer favorite—raspberry fool—to special occasions status. Raspberry fool is an English dessert that dates back to the 17th century. Traditionally, fools combine custard with pureed fruits, but nowadays, most recipes favor using whipped cream over custard. This produces a super light texture and rich taste and makes the dessert much quicker and easier to achieve—and becomes the perfect filling for cream puffs. Why eat your fool with a spoon when you can serve it in the cutest, fluffiest container?

Rose Raspberry Fool Cream Puffs by Food Nouveau

14. Salted Caramel Éclairs

by Dessert for Two

A tempting salted caramel eclair recipe perfect for a small batch. This caramel eclair glaze is incredible!

Salted Caramel Éclairs by Dessert for Two

15. Poached Pear and Almond Tart

by Food Nouveau

This Poached Pear and Almond Tart is a creative take on a classic apple frangipane tart combines a crunchy sweet crust with a fluffy frangipane and spiced pear filling. It’s an elegant dessert to serve on a special night!

Poached Pear and Almond Tart by Food Nouveau

16. Honeyed Fig Frangipane Tart

by Food Nouveau

This fig frangipane tart is a spectacular addition to holiday tables, but it’s also a delightful brunch-time or teatime treat. Easier to make than it looks, it’s the perfect vehicle to highlight juicy figs!

Honeyed Fig Frangipane Tart by Food Nouveau

17. Pear & Chocolate Frangipane Galette

by Food Nouveau

Pears and chocolate are a flavor match made in heaven. This French free-form tart is the perfect dessert to celebrate that perfect pair!

Pear & Chocolate Frangipane Galette by Food Nouveau

18. Peach Tarte Tatin

by In the Kitch

In this peach tarte tatin, peaches absorb a delicious, caramel pan sauce as well as release their juices, giving the sauce a hit of peach flavor. They are surrounded by a flaky, puff pastry and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Peach Tarte Tatin by In the Kitch

19. Plum Tarte Tatin

by Vikalinka

Take the fear out of making French pastry at home by learning how to make this delicious Plum Tarte Tatin, which is simply an upside down puff pastry plum tart.

Plum Tarte Tatin by Vikalinka

20. Tatin Cake

by Food Nouveau

Traditional Tarte Tatin turned into a lovely cake doused in maple caramel—what’s not to like? Tatin Cake will quickly become one of your favorite fall desserts.

Tatin Cake by Food Nouveau

21. Framboisier

by The Bake School

This framboisier cake is a play on the classic fraisier cake, made with two layers of sponge cake, fresh raspberries, and mousseline cream.

Framboisier by The Bake School

22. Raspberry Paris Brest

by Zoë Bakes

This Raspberry Paris Brest is a beautifully nontraditional take on a very traditional French pastry. Paris Brest is usually filled with a praline buttercream. In this creative take on a French classic, instead of stirring praline into the pastry cream, an easy raspberry quick jam out of fresh berries is mixed in. The result is fresh and light, which will be a welcome end to your holiday dinner.

Raspberry Paris Brest by Zoë Bakes

23. Black Sesame & Chocolate Financier Cake

by Food Nouveau

This Black Sesame and Chocolate Financier Cake looks utterly spectacular but it’s actually easy to make: if you can make muffins, you can achieve this cake! Plus, you can make the batter and even bake the cake in advance, which makes it the ultimate stress-free dessert.

Black Sesame & Chocolate Financier Cake by Food Nouveau

24. Chocolate Crêpe Cake with Cocoa Hazelnut Cream

by Heartbeet Kitchen

This Chocolate Crêpe Cake is made from layers of delicious chocolate crepes, filled with cocoa hazelnut cream. You can make the crepes a day ahead and assemble when you want to serve!

Chocolate Crêpe Cake with Cocoa Hazelnut Cream by Heartbeet Kitchen

25. Crème Brûlée French Toast

by How Sweet Eats

This decadent French Toast recipe combines two classic recipes –  crème brulée and French toast – to create an utterly delicious, festive breakfast or brunch dish. The dish is assembled the night before and only needs to be baked before everyone gets to dig in the morning after!

Crème Brûlée French Toast by How Sweet Eats

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