French Pastry Recipes Bring Home The Patisserie

With Easy To Follow How To's & Lots Of Tips, Everyone Can Make Stellar Pastries

All French pastry recipes are delicious because it's like eating shortbread, so light, crisp and buttery. It makes your mouth water just to think about it!

Yet so many people are afraid to try and make it at home.

Please don't be afraid to try these recipes as it's just a technique that you will acquire with a little patience and once you have mastered it, "Hey Presto!", you will be making the most delicious tarts and quiches you have ever tasted.

Tips For Making Foolproof French Pastry Recipes

1. For all French pastry recipes the ingredients are so important. We need to get it right. The French use a special low gluten flour but you can produce a good pastry using all purpose flour if you cannot buy French flour.

2. The French also use unsalted butter and this gives a crisp texture but again, you can use three parts butter to one part vegetable fat, which produces a light crisp pastry to be proud of. 

3. You can either make your pastry by hand or in a food processor. However, it is really a good idea to make it by hand to begin with so as to learn the skill of making a good pastry, to get the feel of the pastry in your hands and to learn the basics first.

"Il faut mettre la main a la pate!" Get your hands dirty!

The most important part of making all French pastry is the hand mixing.You must work quickly and not handle the dough for long. This is to prevent it from getting warm as you do not want the butter to soften. So work with light fingers and very quickly.

4. If you choose to make your pastry recipes in a food processor, do not over do it, just mix for a short time or the pastry will be hard.

Popular French Pastry Recipes

Here are some of the most popular types of French pastry with instructions on how to make them.

They are very easy and as with most things, practice makes perfect.

Paté Brisée

pate brisee

This is the short crust pastry used for quiches, pies etc.

One of the basic French pastry recipes with easy step by step instructions.

Paté Brisée Sucrée

pate brisee sucree

A sweet short paste is used for tarts, especially fruit tarts.

This paste can also be flavoured with almond, vanilla or brandy to give it a wonderful flavour.

Learn About Pastry Shells

pastry shell

There are so many wonderful French pastry recipes but people are afraid to make the pastry!

A pastry shell recipe for French pastries and all your fruit tarts. Step by step instructions and photos.

How To Bake A Pastry Case

How To Bake A Pastry Case

To prevent it from becoming soggy, shortcrust pastry does need to be partially cooked, before adding fillings.

Learn all about it here.

Puff Pastry

puff pastry

Everyone loves this pastry!

Light and buttery, it can be used for savoury and sweet pastries.

Choux Pastry and Profiteroles

choux pastry

Paté à choux, or choux pastry, is the choice for making those wonderful puff shells or profiteroles, which we have all come to love.

Wondering what profiteroles might be?

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French Pastry Recipes To Hone Your Skills On

You will also find the following of use:

Creme Patissière

Raspberry Tart

Strawberry Tart

not to mention a rather scrumptious Pork Pie Recipe.

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