Today, we are discussing a flavorful and refreshing fruit: the strawberry (la fraise). In the summer, you can find them in so many desserts — one French favorite is the “fraisier,” a Genoese sponge layer cake with butter cream, flavored with Kirsch, and with fresh strawberries – si bon! It is one of the (many…) staple cakes available in French pastry shops (pâtisseries).
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To bake their masterpieces, pâtissiers (pastry cooks) often proudly use strawberries picked close to their bakeries, when possible of course. In fact, the other day, we saw a sign in a village boulangerie/pâtisserie (bakery/pastry shop) that said the pâtissier regretted to let his customers know that he had to use strawberries from outside the village to make his fraisers. Now that is determination to use local products isn’t it?