How to correctly pronounce the names of breads, viennoiseries and pastries in French?
To help you know how to pronounce the words used in French bakeries and pastry shops, watch this video from my YouTube channel.
Don’t forget to put in any subtitles you want to make it easier to understand and read the transcript below!
Pronounce pastries in French
Croissant, macaron, pain au chocolat… or maybe… chocolatine?
You surely know French words used in bakeries around the world!
But do you pronounce them well?
To check it out, watch this video and pronounce them like the French!
BREADS, VIENNOISERIES & PASTRIES
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Today we are going to learn how to pronounce the names of pastries, breads and viennoiseries in French.
The names of the bakery
First of all, you should know that even if in some languages the word “pain” (bread) is used to refer to all these names, in French there are several categories!
In a “boulangerie”(bakery), you will find “pains” (breads) and “viennoiseries” (pastries).
The breads are made from a mixture of water, salt, flour and yeast.
They accompany all meals of the day!
The viennoiseries are made with fatter and sweeter ingredients such as milk, eggs, sugar…
We often eat pastries, such as croissants, for breakfast or goûter (afternoon tea) (around 4 in the afternoon).
In a “pâtisserie” (pastry shop), you will find pastries, which include cakes and sweet cookies.
Pastries are mostly eaten for dessert, but sometimes also for goûter (afternoon tea)!
Let’s start with the most popular breads!
pain de campagne (country bread)
un pain de campagne
pain complet (wholemeal bread)
un pain complet
pain de mie (soft bread)
un pain de mie
Now the viennoiseries, whose name comes from the Austrian city of Vienna.
pain au chocolat
un pain au chocolat
or if you are in the south of France :
pain aux raisins
un pain aux raisins
chausson aux pommes
un chausson aux pommes
And the best for last, the pastries:
baba au rhum (rum baba)
un baba au rhum
tarte au citron meringuée (lemon meringue pie)
une tarte au citron meringuée
une tarte tatin
There you go, you are now ready to go to a bakery and buy whatever you want!
There are of course other breads, pastries and pastries, and each region has its specialties!
If you want to know the pronunciation of other words, write them in the comments!
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