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14 French Desserts to Celebrate July 14th – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

14 French Desserts to Celebrate July 14th


What could be better than 14 French Desserts to celebrate with our cousins ​​across the Alps? Because today is a national holiday in France to celebrate the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789which marks the beginning of the French Revolution and the (troubled) transition to democracy. Many heads had to fall, like that of the queen Maria Antonietta which is often associated with brioche because of a particular episode. Legend has it that the Austrian royal uttered the fateful phrase: “If they have no more bread, let them eat brioche” during one of the many popular revolts due to the lack of food. It seems instead that it came from the lips of another unidentified aristocrat many years earlier, according to an episode recounted by Rousseau in The Confessions.

In short, this does nothing but underline the link between the pastry shop and France, which we know well is very important and recognized throughout the world thanks to the greatest pastry chefs French, from Pierre Hermé to Yannick Allanojust to name a couple.

Today we too are feeling a little French and, since we are very greedy, we thought we’d put together a fun little trivia game (that you can play at any time and make a great impression as a connoisseur) and a collection of 14 sweet recipes produced in the editorial kitchens.

Bon appetit!

5 curiosities about French desserts

There Tropezienne Tart It was invented in the 1950s by the Polish pastry chef Alexandre Micka, but it owes its name and fame to Brigitte Bardot who fell in love with it during the filming of the movie Too many people like it.

Do you know the chiboust cream? The classic, sweet one was created to fill the Saint Honoré and takes its name from the Parisian pastry chef who invented this very famous cake in 1846. It is made up of a base of custard to which egg whites whipped with sugar are added.

The clafoutis It is a French dessert typical of Limousin, the region of central France whose capital is Limoges. Made with eggs, flour, sugar and pitted cherries, it is very simple to make. With a rustic flavour, it can be made with all types of fresh fruit, as long as the pulp is fairly dry, or dried (plums, apricots…). Tip: it is a dessert that should be eaten immediately because it tends to harden and become rubbery when it cools.

World Chocolate Day: 40 Delicious Recipes – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay


The date chosen to celebrate World Chocolate Day, one of the most loved foods of all time, is set for July 7thday in which way back in 1847the English chocolatier Joseph Fry gave shape to chocolate by inventing the tabletsdelicious bars to break and bite. A great reason for us to celebrate it by talking about this good food rich in properties, telling its story and suggesting, of course, 40 delicious and unmissable chocolate recipes.

Origins and history of chocolate

When we talk about chocolate we have to start from the ancient history of cocoawhich dates back to the peoples of the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Maya (2nd millennium BC–15th century AD) and of the Aztecs (14th-14th century AD). They used cocoa beans, called “cacahuat”, to make a drink, the “xocolatl”, to which chili pepper, anise, cinnamon, vanilla and other spices were added to mask the bitter taste, and which was used as a offering to the gods to thank them for births and other happy events, or ground into powder and sprinkled on the bodies of young people in puberty rituals.

The Aztecs also used them as currency and a commodity of exchange: they had immediately understood the enormous value of this seed. In fact, it was thus that Christopher Columbus discovered this seed the July 30, 1502: it was offered to him by the Aztecs in exchange for other products. However, we have to wait until the first half of the sixteenth century for the massive importation into the Old Continent, when Hernán Cortés, the conqueror of Mexico, overthrew the Aztec Empire, subjugating the indigenous populations to the kingdom of Spain.

In the seventeenth century, cocoa also began to be produced in Italyespecially in Florence and Venice, then in the 19th century the invention of milk chocolate arrived from Switzerland, and in the 1980s we moved to France with the first collection of dark chocolate.

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From cocoa beans to chocolate: the manufacturing processes

The cocoa beans, once harvested, are left fermentdepending on the country in baskets, wooden boxes or under banana leaves away from the light: this is where the precursors of the aromas develop. The cocoa beans are then left dry in the sun, and this phase is followed by a meticulous quality control. The cocoa beans are then passed through the cleaning to then be ground in a rough way with a machine called a “cocoa breaker”, which separates the peel from the cocoa bean grains, through sievesThe collected cocoa beans are then toastedan obligatory step to allow the cocoa aromas to be released.

Vegetable and fruit salad recipe – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Vegetable and fruit salad recipe


Try the fruit and vegetable salada light and refreshing dish for the summer, to end a day in style lunch or one dinner with the family, but also ideal for a snack or afternoon tea.

The important thing when preparing it is to choose fruit and vegetables right maturation following the correct seasonality of the ingredients. We opted for peach, watermelon, raspberries, blackberries, pepper, carrot, celery and courgette which we completed with one spiced syrup And White chocolate.

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