Celebrate Bastille Day, or “The French National Day”, with one of these fun French recipes!
Bastille Day is a holiday celebrated in France, and many French-speaking countries, on July 14th. It marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, which was the beginning of the French Revolution.
Several countries, including France, Canada and The United States, have cherished customs to celebrate Bastille Day. Festivals, parades, street performers, and historical recreations are just some of the ways French people all over the world celebrate Bastille Day. And, of course, what would any celebration be without food?
From classic French desserts to recipes inspired by French ingredients and techniques, here are a few of our favorite French meals and French dessert recipes to celebrate Bastille Day! Bon Appetit!
1. Homemade French Macarons
Impress your friends and family by making your own batch of delicious French macarons. Great for weddings and homemade gifts, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are delicate and elegant. Learn all the must-know tips with this easy recipe, then try one of our fun variations!
2. Strawberries and Crème Crepe Cake
Breakfast for dinner is fun, but breakfast for dessert is better! This delicious crepe cake is stacked high with fresh strawberries and whipped cream for a treat inspired by a French favorite.
3. Lemon Madeleines
Soft and buttery, Lemon Madeleines are a classic French cookie best served with a cup of hot tea. Baked in a special shell-shaped pan, these cookies actually have a taste and texture closer to sponge cake.
4. Caprese Quiche
The flavors of this savory tart might be Italian, but the quiche is a favorite French cuisine. This Caprese Quiche begins with a store-bought crust, then is filled with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil for a meal you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
5. Rose Champagne Cupcakes
Rosewater and Rose Champagne combine for a cupcake that is tres chic! With soft, elegant flavors, these Rose Champagne Cupcakes are also great for bridal showers, weddings and more.
6. White Chocolate Raspberry Eclairs
Filled with white chocolate pastry cream and fresh raspberries, these tasty White Chocolate Raspberry Eclairs are the perfect pop of pink that your party needs!
7. Easy Fig and Honey Mini Pavlova Dessert
This light and airy French dessert recipe is perfect any time of year. These mini Fig and Honey Pavlovas are topped with lemon curd, whipped cream and honey for a treat that’s full of flavor.
8. Caramel Pots de Crème
For beautiful French desserts you can serve at showers or weddings, look no further than these Caramel Pots de Crème. These sweet caramel-flavored custards are topped with delicious whipped cream and chamomile flowers for a sweet and elegant dessert.
9. Plum Pistachio Galette
Classic French desserts don’t come easier than this! Filled with slices of fresh plums, this Plum Pistachio Galette is sweet, buttery and oh so delicious! This rustic galette is baked on a cookie sheet, so no special pan necessary.
10. Chocolate Truffles
French dessert recipes don’t have to be complicated! Keep it simple and classic with these Chocoholic Truffles. Topped with nuts, coconut, sprinkles or cocoa powder, these chocolatey treats are a little bite of something sweet!
11. Lemon Raspberry Tarts
For easy French desserts that look as good as they taste, look no further than these Lemon Raspberry Tarts. A wonderful treat for a Paris-themed bridal shower, these mini tarts are made with fresh lemons and raspberries, then topped with whipped cream decorations.
12. Chocolate Eclairs
These classic Chocolate Eclairs will have everyone saying, “Ohh-lah-lah!” Made using the Easy Blooms Tip Set, these eclairs are a little taste of Paris any time of year.
13. Ribbon Rose Vegetable Quiche
Create a beautiful quiche blooming with colorful (edible!) roses with this Ribbon Rose Vegetable Quiche. Zucchini, carrots and squash come together in this ode to another classic French meal: ratatouille.
14. Creamy French Buttercream Frosting
Rich and buttery, this Creamy French Buttercream is delicious on almost any cake. Made using egg yolks and butter, this buttercream is stable enough for piping and is also less sweet than traditional buttercream. Try it on this chocolate cake recipe for a dessert any Parisian would love.
15. French 75 Champagne Cupcakes
A play on the classic cocktail, these delicious cupcakes are made using Champagne and gin for a light and refreshing dessert you can serve at weddings, birthdays and Bastille Day celebrations.
16. Bright and Bold Meringues
Bright and colorful, these Bold Meringues are a crispy and light French dessert that’s great for decorating cakes and cupcakes – or just eating as is! Use your favorite tips to pipe different shapes and create your own color combinations with gel food coloring.
17. Light Blue Fleur de Lis Cake
Simple and stunning, this Light Blue Fleur de Lis Cake using simple decorating techniques to create a dessert that’s fun and fancy. With plenty of room for adding candles or a personalized message, this cake is great for birthdays, anniversaries, showers and more.
18. Plum Clafoutis
Have you always wanted to try your hand at some classic French desserts? This Plum Clafoutis is a great place to start. Plums are cut into wedges, then covered in a custard-like batter and baked. Top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and “fini!”
19. Triple Chocolate Merveilleux
The merveilleux, which means ‘wonderful’ in French, consists of a sandwich of two light meringues held together with whipped cream and decorated with chocolate shavings. This triple chocolate version features chocolate meringues, chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a dessert that is rich and delicious. Try our sprinkle-covered vanilla merveilleux, too!
20. Blossom Blush Petit Fours
Great for serving with afternoon tea, these Blossom Blush Petit Fours can be made with any cake flavor you wish. Top your treats with a coating of melted Candy Melts candy and a gum paste flower for a dessert you could easily gift to friends and family.
21. Fleur de Lis Vase Cake
This Fleur de Lis Vase Cake is a blooming treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Decorated using the fleur de lis technique and topped with drop flowers made with royal icing, this cake also features fun swags for a classic look that never gets old!
22. Champagne Meringue Cookies
Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, these Champagne Meringue Cookies combine the effervescent nature of Champagne with the unique texture of a meringue cookie for a match made in heaven!
23. White and Chocolate Mousse Dessert
Do you like your desserts rich and creamy? Then you’re going to love this White and Chocolate Mousse Dessert. Served in a candy bowl, this easy mousse recipe is great for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and more.
Which of these French-inspired recipes do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!