Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gateau Beauharnais

This cake has a chocolate biscuit on the bottom, and layers of chocolate mousse, praliné feuilleté, and dacquoise amande. Scrumptious! There's no better way to translate!

You've probably heard about Madame Rose de Beauharnais in history class, but perhaps you know her better as Josephine Bonaparte or Empress of the First Empire. 

Napoleon was Josephine's second husband; her first was Alexandre de Beauharnais. He affectionately decided to rename her Rose.

Like Napoleon, he was also quite reknowned: de Beauharnais was among the French politicians who were guillotined at the Place de la Révolution (today's Place de la Concorde) in Paris.

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