Vanilla ice cream topped with melted dark chocolate and whipped cream. If it’s not on a dessert menu, a dame blanche (woman in white) is nearly always a ghost.
Some say the great Auguste Escoffier invented this much loved dessert and named it after a popular opera, La Dame Blanche, of 1825. His version was apparently all white, made with almond ice cream, white peaches and white currants and a pale lemon sorbet.
The Belgians claim it too, although in Germany and Switzerland, they call a dame blanche a coupe Dänemark because another story claims it was invented by a harried chef in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, who had run out desserts and threw of the remaining ingredients together and made history.
In some places you may find a deluxe version with crème de marrons, pieces of chocolate and little meringues.
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