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French Tart Recipes

Elegant Pastry Desserts


These tart recipes are easy to make when you need an elegant dessert. Easily customized with different fillings and pastry, they are the ultimate treat for special gatherings.

Chocolate Tart Recipe

©Sarah Katzenell
The wonderful thing about treating yourself with a chocolate tart is that a little bit will satisfy any chocolate craving. A flaky, buttery tart shell filled with a creamy, rich chocolate ganache makes a sophisticated dessert alongside a mellow cafe au lait. For a deliciously cool contrast, serve it with a dollop of lemon pastry cream as a garnish.

Almond Tart Recipe

©Stuart Spivak
This almond tart recipe makes a caramelized, delicately crunchy dessert. If you want to serve the tart as individual treat, simply pour the filling into tartlet pans. A little dollop of Chantilly cream served with the dessert makes the ideal treat.

Apple Tarte Tatin Recipe

©Sonja Pieper
Adding a touch of lemon zest and spice really perks up this classically delicious apple tarte Tatin recipe. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or Chantilly cream to the dessert for a rich after-dinner treat.

Fig Tart Recipe

Traditionally, this fig tart is a summer recipe. With a little ingenuity, though, you can soak dried figs and use them year-round for a delicious dessert. The caramelized fig filling is warmed up with a splash of port wine and enlivened with a bit of blackberry jam.

Lemon Tart Recipe

©Neil Piddock
This is the quintessential French tart, found at patisseries and cafes year-round. Cool, sharp lemon filling contrasts nicely with the flaky, slightly sweet pastry.

Pear Tarte Tatin Recipe

©Stuart Spivack
This traditional pear tarte Tatin recipe is accented with the tiniest amount of a secret ingredient: lemon zest. More obvious, but equally enhancing in flavor, is a good dash of warming nutmeg.

Prune Tart Recipe

©Buck Blues
This prune tart recipe is a winter tradition in France. The prune filling, accented with cinnamon, vanilla, and a bit of creamy butter, is anything but basic. A little dollop of Chantilly cream or ice cream served with the dessert makes the ideal treat.

Cherry Tarte Tatin Recipe

Juicy and sweet, with a pleasing ruby hue, this cherry tarte Tatin recipe makes a magnificent showpiece dessert. Use any combination of sweet cherries you like, including the convenient frozen ones found at most local markets. Also known in the United States as cherry tart Tatin, this buttery, fruity confection tastes wonderful with a spoonful of simple Chantilly cream.
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