Five Classic French Desserts That May Earn Chefs Stars from Adam Platt

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A rebuttal of the New York Magazine restaurant critic's complaints about the state of desserts in New York City restaurants

Soufflé

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Does it get any more classic than this French dessert? Just don't bump into the stove or slam the oven door when they're in cooking.

Poire Belle Hélène

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Does it get more classic than Escoffier? Pears poached in syrup. Take that, îles flottantes!

Gâteau St. Honoré

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A dessert named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs. Time for a comeback?

Paris–Brest

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Shaped like a wheel, and created to honor the Paris–Brest race in late 19th century, keep a-Paris–Brest of the times. (Sorry.)

Geateau Opera

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Layers of coffee-soaked almond sponge cake layered with buttercream and ganache. 

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