Friday, April 1, 2011

Tarte Tropezienne

Our last stop in St. Tropez, before heading back to our "home base" at the Four Seasons Provence, was a charming little pastry shop on the Place des Lices, the city's main square.

The cafe, situated in an ancient, two-story building, is a not-to-be-missed spot for visitors to St. Tropez. It was opened in 1955 by Alexandre Micka, a Polish pastry chef.

Later on, during the making of the movie, Et Dieu...créa la femme (And God Created Woman), Micka began selling sandwiches and pizzas to the film crew.

The actors became especially fond of one of Micka's large, cream-filled tarts. Brigitte Bardot, the star of the film, suggested Micka give the dessert a special name. He liked the idea, and it was then the now famous Tarte Tropézienne was born!

The Tarte Tropézienne is prepared with brioche, French pastry cream and butter cream. The ingredients are relatively simple: eggs, flour, powdered milk and butter. Combined they make a truly delectable (and very sweet) dessert.

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