How to make French Chocolate Pastry Recipe

Hello, culinary enthusiasts! It’s Julia here, welcoming you back to another delightful episode of Dinner with Julia. Today, we’re going to explore a recipe that’s a classic in French patisserie – the French Chocolate Pastry. This dessert has been a staple in my kitchen ever since I first tried it in a charming patisserie in the heart of Paris. The rich, velvety chocolate encased in a flaky pastry was a revelation, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

French Chocolate Pastry Recipe

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A close-up shot of my freshly baked French Chocolate Pastry, golden and perfectly flaky

French Chocolate Pastry Recipe

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 oven


  • Two cups of milk
  • Half cup of white sugar
  • A teaspoon of salt
  • Two eggs
  • Two tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • A teaspoon of lemon extract
  • A teaspoon of almond extract
  • Two cups of all-purpose flour
  • A cup of butter
  • A teaspoon of dry yeast


  • Take a medium bowl.
  • Add the butter in it.
  • Add the flour and mix well.
  • Refrigerate the mixture.
  • Take a large bowl and add the yeast into it.
  • Add the sugar, salt and milk.
  • Mix the milk mixture with the flour.
  • Add the cocoa powder, eggs, lemon extract and the almond extract together.
  • Knead the dough until uniform.
  • Place butter on dough and fold it.
  • Make pastries from the dough roll.
  • Add the heavy cream in the pastry dough.
  • Bake them for ten minutes.
  • The pastry is ready to be served.


Keyword all-purpose flour, eggs, milk

Making French Chocolate Pastry in an Air Fryer

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The rich chocolate filling in this French Chocolate Pastry is a sight to behol
  • Preheat your air fryer: Start by preheating your air fryer to 350°F (175°C). This ensures that your pastry starts cooking immediately once it goes in and helps achieve that beautiful golden-brown color.
  • Prepare your pastry: Prepare your pastry as per the recipe. Make sure it fits comfortably in your air fryer.
  • Air fry: Place the pastry in the air fryer basket. Cook for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as cooking times can vary depending on your specific air fryer model.
  • Check for doneness: Your pastry is done when it’s golden and the chocolate filling is set.
  • Serve: Allow it to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Tips for making French Chocolate Pastry

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Here’s a slice of the French Chocolate Pastry I made, served with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar

The French Chocolate Pastry recipe is more than just a dessert; it’s an indulgence. It’s a harmonious blend of textures and flavors – the flaky pastry, the richness of the chocolate, and the subtle hint of vanilla. To me, it encapsulates the essence of French baking – sophisticated, yet comforting. Every time I bake this pastry, I’m transported back to that quaint patisserie in Paris.

For those who are new to this dessert, let me paint a picture for you. A French Chocolate Pastry is a classic dessert that features a flaky pastry filled with a rich, creamy chocolate filling. It’s then baked to golden perfection and served warm or at room temperature.

But today, we’re not focusing on the recipe itself. Instead, we’ll delve into some cooking tips, serving suggestions, and answer some frequently asked questions. I’ll also share how to prepare this pastry using different kitchen tools.

My Top Cooking Tips for the Perfect French Chocolate Pastry

Baking the perfect French Chocolate Pastry goes beyond just following the recipe. Here are my top tips to ensure your pastry is a hit:

  • Quality of Chocolate: The star of this dish is the chocolate. Always use high-quality dark chocolate for the best flavor.
  • The Right Pastry Dough: A buttery, flaky pastry dough is key. You can make your own or use a good quality store-bought one.
  • Don’t Overbake: The pastry should be golden and the chocolate filling set, but not dry.
  • Cool Completely: Allow the pastry to cool completely before slicing. This ensures clean, neat slices.

Serving Suggestion – Adding a Personal Touch

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This image captures the moment I filled the pastry dough with the chocolate filling for my French Chocolate Pastry recipe.

When it comes to serving your French Chocolate Pastry, you want to maintain its classic charm while adding a personal touch. I love serving my pastry with a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. For an extra layer of decadence, a scoop of vanilla ice cream pairs beautifully. And don’t forget a sprig of mint for that pop of color!

FAQs: Your Queries Answered

Over the years, I’ve received numerous questions about the French Chocolate Pastry recipe. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked ones:

  • Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate? Yes, but dark chocolate gives the best flavor and richness.
  • Can I make the pastry dough ahead of time? Absolutely! You can prepare the dough ahead and even freeze it for later use.
  • How do I know when my pastry is done? The pastry is done when it’s golden and the chocolate filling is set.
  • Can I make this pastry dairy-free? Yes, you can substitute the dairy ingredients with their non-dairy counterparts.
  • Can I reheat my pastry? Yes, but it’s best served at room temperature. If you need to reheat, do so gently in the oven.

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