French Apricot Pastry Recipe 

Experience the charm of a French patisserie with these exquisite French apricot pastries. Perfect for a sophisticated brunch or a sweet afternoon treat, these pastries combine flaky puff pastry with a rich, creamy filling and luscious apricots for a touch of luxury.


For the Pastry Cream:

  • 1 cup milk (240 ml)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (25g)
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (15g)
  • 1 tbsp butter (15g)

For the Pastries:

  • 6 puff pastry squares, 5” x 5” (13 cm x 13 cm)
  • 12 apricot halves (from 2 cans, 15-ounce each)
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash
  • ¼ cup apricot jam (60 ml), for glazing


  1. Pastry Cream Preparation:
    • In a saucepan, combine the milk with sugar and the seeds from the vanilla bean. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with cornstarch. Gradually pour in the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
    • Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the cream thickens.
    • Remove from heat, stir in butter until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and chill overnight.
  2. Assemble the Pastries:
    • Lay out the puff pastry squares on a lightly floured surface. Spread about 2 tablespoons of chilled pastry cream in the center of each square.
    • Top each with two apricot halves, cut side down.
    • Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg, fold over to form a triangle or bring edges to the center to enclose the filling, and press gently to seal.
    • Chill the assembled pastries for 30 minutes.
  3. Baking:
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Place the pastries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastries are golden and puffed.
    • Warm the apricot jam until it becomes runny. Brush the hot pastries with the jam to give them a beautiful, glossy finish.

Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Pro Tips:

  • Make the pastry cream a day or two in advance to simplify the preparation.
  • For an alternative twist, consider adding a spoonful of almond paste beneath the apricots before baking.
  • Serve these pastries warm for the best experience, accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee or tea.


These French Apricot Pastries are not just a dessert; they’re a visual and gastronomic delight, bringing a piece of French culinary artistry to your table. Perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself to a decadent snack, these pastries promise a delightful blend of textures and flavors that are sure to enchant any palate. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcome!

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