French Fridays: Le Café Gourmand

Le café gourmand selection on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know how much I like to “minify” recipes, especially desserts (because, much as I love them, there’s only so many desserts a two-person household can eat!). Given the chance, I’ll always choose a selection of mini desserts over one regular-sized one because hey, then you get to taste more than one! Enter le café gourmand – a fairly recent dessert trend thought to have started in Paris, whereby with your post-dinner coffee, you sample a selection of pastries and desserts, in bite-sized form. There’s no set items that must appear on a café gourmand plate so today I thought I’d share some of my favourites.

Classic financiers (get the recipe here)

French Fridays with Dorie financiers Around my French Table Dorie GreenspanChocolate-hazelnut financiers (get the recipe here)

Chocolate hazelnut financiers with Nutella Ganache on eatlivetravelwrite.comMadeleines (get the recipe here)

Lemon glazed madeleines from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comChocolate mousse (get the recipe here)

Up close salted butter caramel chocolate mousse on eatlivetravelwrite.comProfiteroles (get a version of the recipe for these here)

Profiteroles for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor something a little different, how about a slice of (chocolate) saucisson with your coffee? Get the recipe here.

Dorie Greenspan chocolate saucisson for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comMini lemon meringue tarts (get the recipe here)

Mini lemon meringue tart recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor something a little unexpected, how about a little cookie with a savoury note? Get the recipe here.

Dorie Greenspan Apricot Tarragon Rosemary Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comMini fruit tarts are always a welcome addition to a café gourmand plate. Get the recipe here.

Blueberry frangipane tartlets on eatlivetravelwrite.comLove the idea of a café gourmand? I’m hosting a special café gourmand class later this spring at the St Lawrence Market in Toronto. Details here.


3 thoughts on “French Fridays: Le Café Gourmand”

  1. I love café gourmand! The idea of a selection of mini desserts is always more appealing to me than one big slice of cake. Sometimes, if we happen to be back from a holiday in France with a variety of mini cakes and sweets in our luggage, we spend the next few evenings at home making our own post-dinner cafés gourmands at home 🙂


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