French Pastries of Southern France, Episode 34

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Every country has a tradition of sweet desserts, but what makes French pasties so famous? On today's show we are taking you on a Tour de France in Pastries, and specifically the pastries of the south of France. As you probably know, pâtisseries are to die for in France, and that's because there is a rich regional tradition for making the prettiest and tastiest desserts possible. When I lived in America I realized something important: in France it's not enough to make a beautiful pastries, it has to taste out of this world too! Let's sink our teeth in French pastries today!

French people don't eat patisseries every day, but when we do, we seek the best. We tell you all about it in today's show and the topic is so large that we divided it up in two shows. Today we concentrate on the pastries of Southern France, next week we go North. Enjoy!

Episode Highlights

  • How Do We Define French pastry?
  • Dessert Specialties of Southern France
    • Flan pâtissier
    • Gâteau Basque
    • Pastis Landais
    • Canelés de Bordeau
    • Clafoutis
    • Gâteau au yaourt
    • Croustade
    • Prunaux à l'Armagnac
    • Tarte Tropézienne
    • Les Navettes
    • Canestry in Corsica
    • Pogne de Romans
    • Échaudé in Albi
    • Crême Catalane and Rousquilles from Perpignan
    • French Dessert Traditions
    • Galette des rois (King's Cakes)
    • Crêpes at the Chandeleur (Candlemas)
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Kaye
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Kaye

Isn’t tourteau fromager considered a pastry? Love love love. Too much. We only by them for company now.

larry stein
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larry stein

I have found it difficult, almost impossible to find pastry goods made with cinnamon, here in France. I do believe I traveled to one region in France, it may have been Normandie or Bretagne, where I did find some cinnamon items but I am not sure even of that. In fact, when I go to Paris, I always make a point of having a cinnamon and sugar crepe as those are available there but don’t try to find such a crepe here in Bordeaux. I’ve yet to find one. In Spain, I found all kinds of pastry goods made with… Read more »

Fatima
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Fatima

Yummmmmm!!
Pastries/ desserts are the one thing I miss the most about France!!
Everything is so yummy 😀

Tiffany L
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Tiffany L

I’ve made a fruit tart from a recipe that calls for a spoonful of this and that for the directions. The recipe was given to me by my aunt’s really good friend who lives in France (my aunt and uncle lived in France for 12 years.) The tart has a pastry crust and is lined with chocolate/creme fraiche layer (thin) with canned pears and topped with an almond/creme fraiche mixture and baked and then dusted with powdered sugar. I’ve even used apricots instead of pears. It comes out beautifully. Have you heard of this style of pastry-dessert?

Mary Hoekzema
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Mary Hoekzema

My husband and I discovered navettes at La Cure Gourmande in Aigues-Mortes, along with chocolate olives! I think that’s the shop you were thinking of. There’s a branch on l’Île St. Louis in Paris. Expensive, but a great treat to take back from aa trip because they keep for quite awhile.