10 Fancy Pastries You Can Make At Home
They always look so delicious in the display case at the bakery, and to justify the often pricy purchase, we often use the excuse that there's no way we could ever make a croissant, cinnamon roll, or any other fancy sweet treat ourselves anyways, so why not go ahead and splurge? But as these 10 recipes show, it's totally doable, and now the only splurge you might have to worry about is your diet.
Those of us with a sweet tooth are often spoiled for choice when we visit the bakery. There are just so many cakes and pastries to choose from! Perennial favorites include muffins and croissants, but now you now longer have to pick one over the other. The solution lies in so-called cruffins! This invention is not just a combination of muffin and croissant in a word, but also in the preparation. The result will make the hearts of every baked goods lover beat just that little bit faster. Get the recipe here.
2. Jelly Doughnuts 4 Ways
When it comes to dessert: to each their own, because everybody has their favorites. But when it comes to donuts, there are so many different variations, that they're really very hard to resist. Here you'll find four different flavors that are so easy to make... so easy, in fact, that there's just one problem left to solve — which tasty incarnation to eat first! Get the recipe here.
3. Raspberry Macarons
In patisseries worldwide, these trendy, high-end sweets can be found in every color and flavor imaginable. Delicate and beautiful, they are perfect at any classy tea party, or get-together. Most people would be intimidated by the thought of preparing them. You think it would be a complicated, lengthy process, right? Well now you can set those negative thoughts aside. With this recipe, you can make perfect raspberry macarons in the comfort of your own home! Get the recipe here.
4. Cinnamon Palmier Cookies
The French named them after the palm tree, Italians call them fans, in German they're.... pig's ears: yikes, just trying to say Schweineöhrchen could kill your appetite before you even start! Good thing these delectable, crispy cookies are a delicacy regardless of the name — and you'll hardly believe how easy they are to make. Get the recipe here.
5. Strawberry Cream Danish
Even if summertime has come and gone, you can still keep the season alive for a little while longer with some delightful summer-inspired recipes. For example: How about a warm flaky danish with a fruity strawberry cream filling? The key to making these requires you to fold the pastry dough in a simple, yet impressive way. Get the recipe here.
6. Chocolate Éclairs
The word éclair comes from the French for "a flash of lightening," so named because this delicious treat is eaten up in no time at all. In fact, our éclairs disappear from the plate more quickly that it takes to prepare them. But when all is said and done, the effort is certainly worth it. Get the recipe here.
7. Dulce De Leche Churros
Who can resist a crispy, golden, sugar-coated churro? In Spain, they are traditionally eaten on New Year's Day. But once you learn how to make these sweet treats (with dulce de leche, no less!), you'll find even more reasons to celebrate. Get the recipe here.
8. German Cinnamon Swirls
When it comes to sweet treats, everyone has that one cake or dessert they love the most. Some are so good, they inspire anyone who eats them to create something similar. Spiraled cinnamon buns were the inspiration for the German Cinnamon Swirl – the Hamburg speciality that has now successfully spread across the whole country and soon the whole world thanks to this recipe. The shape makes them look complicated, but you can make your own with this foolproof trick. Get the recipe here.
9. Portuguese Custard Tarts
A phenomenon sweeping across the dessert world right now is having your final course served in portions that are much too small. This is also sadly the case with the following exquisitely creamy custard tart which exhibits notes of citrus. Maybe its petite size adds to its charm and ensures that we savor every bite. Get the recipe here.
10. Croissants 3 Ways
"Un croissant, s'il vous plaît!" ("One croissant, please!") is a sentence that will be very important on your next trip to France. But in the meantime, you can make the delicious buttery pastry yourself — no professional baking skills required. Below you will find recipes for not only the classic breakfast staple, but also for a sweet and a savory version, both of which make for a perfect afternoon snack. Get the recipe here.
All these baked delicacies are so delicious! They may not be the best thing for your figure, but on the plus side, they make for perfect gifts, which means you can kill two birds with one stone — make your friends happy, and give away some of these goodies before you eat them all!