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tourteau fromagé

goat cheese pastry from Poitou

Tourteaux fromagés au SIA 2019.

Also called tourteau fromager or fromageou, the tourteau fromagé is a curious pastry resembling a flying saucer, invented by a cook who put a goat cheese tart in an oven that was too hot. When she took it out, she was surprised to see it had doubled in size, with a soft, airy, slightly sweet interior and a striking black round crust on top— yet without a burnt taste.

Made in special moulds in a pâte brisée crust, the soufflé ingredients include fresh goat cheese, butter, eggs (separated), milk, a bit of sugar, and a finger of Cognac. They are sold across France.

Not to be confused with a non-cheesy tourteau!

Nouvelle Aquitaine


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Thomon