France counts more than 30,000 independent bakeries so no wonder the delectable traditional French pastry selection is huge!
We have many renowned culinary schools such as Ferrandi, Alain Ducasse or Cordon Bleu. If you are currently studying French gastronomy or dream of opening a boulangerie-pâtisserie in France, I do organize tailored French classes for Professionals. We go through specific vocabulary and expressions so that you can fully focus on savours and creativity !
If you already love Paris-Brest, Tarte Tatin and éclairs, do you really know all our regional sweet specialities ? From the marvellous Merveilleux to the fruity Bourdelot, we will travel to each French region to discover the most intricate and delicious baked goods. Today, we will uncover delicacies from four Northern and Central regions :
The choice of top-quality honey, a subtle balance between 7 spices whose list is kept secret : this is what gives a good gingerbread its inimitable taste. Since antiquity, we appreciate the fragrant flavours of gingerbread. From the 10th century, the Chinese were fond of Mi-Kong (“honey bread”), a specialty made from wheat flour, honey, flavoured with aromatic plants.
Paris-Brest was a railway line whose construction began in 1840, but also a very famous bicycle race: the Paris-Brest ! This desert was imagined by Pierre Giffard, editor-in-chief of the Petit Journal (a Parisian daily newspaper) and pioneer of the sports press. The bicycle race going from Paris to Brest and returning to Paris was inaugurated in 1891. To promote it, Pierre Giffard then asked a certain Louis Durand, pastry chef from Maisons-Laffitte, to imagine a dessert to represent the event.
If you’d like to feel at ease communicating with natives during your trip to France, why not try a bespoke French lesson ? With empathy and efficiency, Agnes, your private tutor, will make sure you have the best stay in our capital of love and croissants !
Large pieces of tender and caramelized apples, a light puff pastry or a crispy shortbread, this easy tarte tatin recipe is a killer! You can make it in a stainless steel frying pan that goes in the oven, it’s convenient, 20 minutes of preparation, 30 minutes of cooking and we serve it hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, the best!
The Nantes cake is one of the favorite desserts of the habitants of the city of the Dukes (Nantes). Yet its ingredients refer to dark and controversial pages of its history. To start with, Nantes cake is a pound cake made with flour, sugar, eggs, butter and almond powder. But the pound cake is of Breton origin, which does not go without posing some problems of conscience for the people of Nantes.
Would you like to know more about French pastries or French culture in general ? Do you dream of going to France and be able to better communicate ? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out via email, telephone or using the contact page. A bientôt!