7/14/2016 – French Desserts

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated during the traditional Bastille Day fireworks display in Paris

Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Happy Bastille Day everyone! It’s been 227 years since, I believe, A Tale of Two Cities was published, so let’s celebrate today with a slate of French post-dinner treats! Enjoy!

1. What local geographic name is given to this dessert, made of pureed chestnuts and whipped cream?

Question 1

2. Name the meringue-based dessert seen here, made with egg white, various sugars, ground almond, and food coloring, which was first created by Catherine de’ Medici’s chefs.

Question 2

3. Identify both the name of the French author pictured here, as well as the dessert in front of him, a sponge cake with a shell-like shape and made with genoise cake batter.

Question 3

Four) Here is a variety of what French cake, whose name translates to “small oven”?

Question 4

5. Meaning “nun”, what dessert seen here is made of two choux pastries covered in ganache and connected with piped buttercream frosting, and is meant to look like a papal mitre?

Question 5

6. What classic French dessert seen here is made with a custard base and flavored with vanilla, and is frequently set on fire? By the way, does setting food on fire seem strange to you?

Question 6

Tomorrow: We continue our summer series with some corn, some on the cob I’m sure.


1. Mont Blanc
2. Macaron
3. Marcel Proust, Madeleine
4. Petit fours
5. Religieuse
6. Crème brûlée

Not macarons, unfortunately

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