pièce montée de choux.  This is NOT a Christmas tree.  It's the typical French dessert at weddings (in place of a wedding cake).

pièce montée de choux. This is NOT a Christmas tree. It's the typical French dessert at weddings (in place of a wedding cake).

pain au chocolat

pain au chocolat

bûche de Noël.  It should be a mixture of textures.  Buy it at your pastry shop, not in a supermarket.  The processed ones are terrible.

bûche de Noël. It should be a mixture of textures. Buy it at your pastry shop, not in a supermarket. The processed ones are terrible.

tartelette à la fraise.  They are best when the crust is crumbly and there's not too much goopy cream inside.

Tartes salées, tartes sucrées, devenez la reine des tartes !

tartelette à la fraise. They are best when the crust is crumbly and there's not too much goopy cream inside.

chausson aux pommes

chausson aux pommes

éclair au chocolat.  As with people, it's what's inside that counts.  The fillings really change depending on the bakery.

éclair au chocolat. As with people, it's what's inside that counts. The fillings really change depending on the bakery.

galette des rois.  Whoever finds the "fève" gets the crown.  The fève is a small ceramic object hidden in the pastry.  The best pastries have an almond-powder filling.  These pastries are only available after Christmas - early January.

galette des rois. Whoever finds the "fève" gets the crown. The fève is a small ceramic object hidden in the pastry. The best pastries have an almond-powder filling. These pastries are only available after Christmas - early January.

Charlotte aux fraises

Charlotte aux fraises

chouquettes

chouquettes

macarons

macarons

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