Many French people prefer to finish a meal
with raw fruit and cheese rather than a sweet dessert. Desserts are
therefore less essential to the structure of a French meal than the
hors-d' oeuvre or soup. The French housewife prefers to buy expertly
finished tarts and pastries from the shops rather than try to compete
with the professionals. However, for those who have tested these and
wish to try making their own, here are some recipes for French fruit
tarts and other sweets.