French Friday with Dorie – Haiku!
what's so special about this?
teacakes made by nuns
look! fussy styling
a ruler strikes my knuckles
(i'll skip this next time)
brown'd butter used here
my choice if its optional
did nuns do that too?
Visitandine Strawberry Shortcakes
Visitandine is a simple French teacake and yet I had never heard of it before this assignment. Perhaps this is because I don’t take my culinary or cultural cues from nuns? No matter. The cake is named for the nuns of the Order of Visitation , a French religious order founded in 1610 so it would seem they have been making this one for a very long time. Its provenance therefore is much older than the curiously similar Financier , those mini-cakes we have sampled almost exactly one year ago. These desserts are so close that one wonders if Mssr. Lasne, the baker credited with inventing the financier (to appeal to the bankers that worked nearby) merely appropriated the dear Sisters’ recipe and just poured the visitandine batter into his tiny molds instead of a larger cake pan? (more…)
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