You might look at this title and think, how can something French and something English go along so well together? The rare time that Miss French and Mr English might be squashed delightfully together in a sentence with ease and agreement, is if food is involved. Now you might not find bubble and squeak, spotted dick, or a proper fish and chips in most parts of France, but if the English should welcome anything French, it should be la pâtisserie - that is desserts and pastries of every kind imaginable.
|Petits Fours at Cliveden House|
For those unaware, petits fours are small confections or desserts usually eaten at the end of a meal with coffee or tea. "Petit four" is French for "little oven". There are different kinds of petits fours like petits fours secs (dry petits fours like biscuits or puff pastry) and petits fours glacés (iced petits fours which are decorated with icing in some way). There are also petits fours salés (savoury petits fours, like small canapés). A mini brief on petits fours...
|Enjoying a petit four in the Terrace Dining Room|
I tried these delicately sweet petits fours while on a weekend get-away to Cliveden House - an unabashedly grand manor house in the English countryside. The petits fours included a raspberry macaron, hazelnut milk chocolate fudge square, dark chocolate pistachio fudge, mini meringue tartlet, chocolate truffle, pistachio nougat, and a sugared gummy...yummy.
|View of the lawn|
Clivedon House, the kind of place that makes you want to sit around doing this, dressed like this all day...
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