Light French Desserts for Summer
- June 13, 2020
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French Recipes: DIY Desserts To Try at Home
Get ready for your sweetest Summer yet. We’ve gathered our favorite light French dessert recipes to try at home on your own. From lemon curd tart to French spiced bread, there is a recipe to satisfy every sweet tooth. Keep scrolling to get the details.
Lemon Curd Tart with Olive Oil
French Mini Cakes: Madeleines
These powdered sugar mini cakes are sweet as Summer, (but not too sweet). French madeleines are the perfect light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth this season and you can easily bake up to 20 with one batch in as little as 5 minutes. Oui, please!
Active Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Makes 12 large or 5 dozen mini
¾ cup (90g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
⅓ cup (66g) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon or orange zest
6 tablespoons (84g) warm melted unsalted butter
12-cake regular madeleine pan or three 20-cake mini madeleine pans and a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag.
Whisk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt in a small bowl.
Whisk 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon or orange zest in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients until just incorporated, then whisk in 6 tablespoons warm melted unsalted butter until smooth. Transfer batter to a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag and chill at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly coat a 12-cake regular madeleine pan or three 20-cake mini madeleine pans with nonstick vegetable oil spray and dust with flour, tapping out excess. Snip end off pastry bag (or 1 corner of resealable plastic bag) and pipe batter into pan, filling two-thirds full (you may have a little batter left over).
Bake madeleines until edges are golden brown and centers are puffed and lightly spring back when gently pressed, about 8-10 minutes for regular cakes and 5 minutes for mini.
Tap pan against counter to release madeleines. Dust with powdered sugar and serve while still warm.
Apple and Persimmon Tarte Tatin
A quick caramel sauce and easy puff pastry crust gives you a delicious French dessert with very little fuss. Total cook time is approximately two hours, but once you take that first bite, you will see it is well worth the effort.
If you love pears, then you will truly love this. And this French recipe calls for pink champagne – so what’s not to love? A great mid-day or late-night snack, this guilt-free indulgence is as sweet as its aroma and can be made in 30 minutes.
For more light dessert recipes visit Epicurious.
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