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French Pastries, the best way to start a day or end a meal

 

Desserts could be divided in two categories: regular pastries that would just give anyone a sweet note to finish a meal. Then there are French pastries. Those are not your regular donuts or cheesecakes. This is also not your regular French courses in France that will let master the pastry vocabulary.

 

Before you even taste them, you can listen to their names that will sound almost like sweet poetry to your ears.

 

Just to name a few, the “Baba au Rhum”, with its liquor soaked “savarin”, perfected by Nicolas Stohrer in 1735, or the famous “Tarte Tatin”, this upside down pie rich with sugar and butter that makes it melt in your mouth, delicious when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… “à la mode”! Again another French expression.

 

Some of the most famous pastries also include “L’éclair”, which literally means Lightning, got its name in the 19th century because this custard oblong shaped was supposed to be eaten very quickly… in the short time of a lightning.

 

But when talking about pastries, one name comes to anyone’s mind more than any other pastry’s name: the “Croissant”.

 

The Croissant finds its origin in central Europe and is a part of those pastries called “Viennoiserie” (coming from Vienna in Austria). The legend says that the Croissant represents a moon crescent, after the defeat of the Ottoman’s army at the gate of Vienna.

 

It finally made its way in France, and became a staple of french pastries in the 20th century.

 

Last but not least, as when learning French this is one whose name has been debated for years, “Le pain au chocolat”, also know in some region as “Chocolatine”. If this difference in names for the same pastry may sound futile, it actually divided France between the Chocolatine team and the Pain au chocolat fans… And we have a special offer for you : 15 % off for our next Pastry Course.

Check it here for more informatiohttps://www.3ponts.edu/french-cooking-school/french-bakery-in-france