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?

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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.

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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.

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Question 3

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

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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?

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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?

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Question 6

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

ANSWERS BELOW:

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

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Not macarons, unfortunately
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