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caisses de Wassy

light almond meringues

Caisse de Wassy : spécialité meringuée aux amandes de Wassy (Haute-Marne)

Sugar, egg whites, almonds, and vanilla extract go into the delicate little chest-shaped caisses de Wassy.

When Mary Stuart Queen of Scots wed the short lived François II, Wassy (Vassy) along with other parts of the Haut-Marne formed part of her dowery, and the legend says she was very fond of the little meringues.

On a less sweet note, her nasty uncle, the Duke of Guise, started the first War of Religion by massacring the Protestants there in 1562.

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Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Ji-Elle