If there’s one thing the French always get right, it’s dessert. In Paris, no meal is complete until a rich, flaky pastry or a fragrant tart has made its way to the table. And while un dessert français typically requires a heavy-handed use of butter and cream, we’ve rounded up recipes that are fully vegan but still as decadent as their dairy counterparts.
From fruit tarts to macarons and creme brûlée, you can channel your inner Julia Child with these 9 vegan French desserts.
Macaron Image Credit: Susanna-Dan.com
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Vegan Lemon Macarons
Forget about cupcakes and cronuts, a French macaron (not to be confused with a shredded coconut macaroon) rivals any dessert trend challenger with it light-as-air, crunchy outside and chewy inner filling. Described as the “holy grail of vegan desserts,” this macaron recipe comes from food blogger Dan Brellis, one-half of the cute, married duo that makes up Susanna-Dan.com.
15 g Cane Sugar
57 g Almond Meal
115 g Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Versawhip
15 g Ener-G Egg Replacer powder (~2Tbl)
1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum Powder
1/4 tsp Fine Lemon Zest
2 drops of Yellow Food Coloring (optional)
Image Credit: Hannah Kaminsky/BitterSweetBlog.com
Vegan Plaisir Sucré
With a name that means “sweet pleasure,” this recipe by Hannah Kaminsky, the author of the newly released Easy As Vegan Pie cookbook, reinvents the Pierre Hermé signature recipe with layers of dark chocolate on top of a Speculoos base.
10 Ounces Dark Chocolate, Finely Chopped, Melted, and Tempered
12 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, Finely Chopped
3/4 cup Plain Non-Dairy Milk
3/4 cup Speculoos Spread
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Cake Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Roughly Crushed Speculoos Cookies
1 1/3 cups Speculoos Spread
6 oz (1 cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Melted
1/4 cup Non-Dairy Margarine, Melted
2 cups Crispy Rice Cereal
Image Credit: MeetTheShannons.com
Vegan Fresh Fruit Tart
Just looking at this delectable combination of fresh fruit, short-bread-ish crust, and light sugar glaze from MeetTheShannons.com makes it easy to understand why fruit tarts are a staple of Parisian pâtisseries.
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 cup Margarine
1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Lemon Zest
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 8oz package Vegan Cream Cheese
3/4 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Bourbon (you can just use more vanilla though if alcohol isn’t your thing)
1/2 cup Sugar
Slices of your favorite fresh fruit: We used two white peaches, two kiwi fruit (peeled), one apricot, blueberries and boysenberries but some other popular choices are strawberries, raspberries, melons, and mangoes.
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