Pastries of Northern France, Episode 35

Category: French Food & Wine

This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon.

On today's show we go back to the patisserie, looking specifically at the Pastries of Northern France. Nothing wrong with having seconds, right?

Look For These Specialties When Visiting Northern France

The pastry specialties of the north of France include Tarte Tatin, Brioche Vendéenne, Eclairs, Napoleons, Madeleines, Pain d'épices, just to name a few.

What's Your Favorite?

Do you have favorite French pastry? Annie and Elyse have so many, they can't choose just one!

Episode Highlights

  • Tourteau Fromager, Cheesecake French Style
  • Cinnamon in France
  • Are You a Cheese or a Pastry Person?
  • Cakes from the Alps Region and Walnuts
    • Beignes from the Alps
  • Puff Paste Dough or pâte à choux
  • Cakes from Picardie
  • Cakes from Lille
  • Cakes from Vendée
  • Cakes from Brittany
    • Palet Breton
    • Quatre-quarts
  • Cakes from the Paris Area
    • Tarte Tatin
    • Paris-Brest
    • Éclairs
    • Mille-feuille or Napoleon
  • Cakes from Normandy
    • Tarte Normande
    • Bourdelot
  • Dessert from Reims
    • Biscuits roses de Reims
  • Desserts from Alsace and Loraine
    • Pain d'épices
    • Kouglof
    • Black Forest Cake
    • Pet de nonne
    • Madeleines
  • French Jams with Funny Names
    • Les couilees du Pape from Provence
    • Gratte-Cul, rose hip jam

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Category: French Food & Wine

6 Replies to “Pastries of Northern France, Episode 35”

  1. La Pâtisserie des Rêves’, rue de Bac, Paris has individual
    Paris-Brest pastries. I ate the best ever orange flavored canelé here . When ever I get back to Paris, I will zoom over to get another canelé from here.
    I read that they have a branch in London now and send their wares over.

    Annie, I am emailing you since you are lonely here on the website. With a new episode I go to the website to see the great photos!!! Most of the time I can’t wait to listen to your episode as a podcast so I view the photos and listen. Then I listen to the podcast many times while I doing my walking.

  2. I enjoy France vicariously through your wonderful podcasts. The historical information is very interesting and the rapport between the girls is natural and entertaining. A truly quality product I look forward to listening to. Thank you.

  3. Annie,

    When my wife and I were in Beaune, Burgundy in 1999 we ate the most delicious pastry. It was cylinder shaped, with chocolate powder on the outside covering a layer of chocolate, which was covering a layer of what must have been marzipan and then finally a cream-like inside. We returned in 2005 and ate it again. There were no names and I was too shy to ask what it was. Is this something that is common or that you recognize?

    Thanks, Matt

  4. Never mind – I got motivated and found it on google images. It is called Roseau du lac marzipan!