“Let them eat cake!” – Marie Antoinette
The desserts served at her parties were just as decorative, colorful and creative as the fashionable clothing she wore. Politics and scandal aside, Marie Antoinette had exquisite taste that no one can deny.
The 2006 film directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Kirsten Dunst attracted a whole new generation to the French royalty of this era and Marie Antoinette’s life in the Palace of Versailles.
Although the film is loosely based on Antoinette’s life, you can’t help but be allured by her story and the magnificent parties she held at the palace. A typical day for her was likely filled with an over-indulgence of drinks, dancing, and rich, elaborate desserts such as these…
Food and fashion came together splendidly in this film…
While searching for real pastry shops that offer delectable desserts such as this, I remembered a French bakery and cafe I discovered in New York City several years ago. It definitely has the Marie Antoinette appeal: Le Pain Quotidien, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Another dessert spot, closer to home in Savannah, that inspires me and has the allure of Marie Antoinette is Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in downtown Savannah. Their drinks are outstanding, with numerous creative cocktails (including my favorite – Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini) and the desserts are sweet and decorative.
Inspired by Marie Antoinette, as well as the desserts at Le Pain Quotidien and Lulu’s, I created a dessert that somewhat mirrors the best of both worlds, with summer fruit as the centerpiece:
Custard Fruit Tarts
The allure of Marie Antoinette is undeniable. You can find so much creative inspiration from the lovely scenery in the film, delicate French pastries, brightly colored flowers and haute couture fashion of her time.
Get creative in the kitchen and be inspired from the world of Marie Antoinette!
Adieu for now…