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Charles the Bold cake

Téméraire (gâteau franc-comtois)

In the 15th century, Charles the Bold (Charles le Téméraire), Duke of Burgundy, once passed through the Jura town of Salins-les-Bains, which was so impressed by his visit it invented this autumnal dessert in his honour.

Charles le Téméraire. Copie de la moitié du XVIe siècle d’après un original de 1474 (?).

The Téméraire (also known as a Salinois) is made with raisins, apples, pears, and marc du Jura, baked in a pastry made with ground roasted hazelnuts, flour, butter, egg, sugar, grapeseed oil and lemon zest.

Unfortunately, history doesn’t say if Charles ever got to try any before he ended up with an axe in his head.

Bourgogne-Franche Comté


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Groms78, Unknown author