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omelette norvégienne

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Omelette Norvegienne

Omelette norvégienne (also known as an omelette surprise) is made of ice cream covered with meringue on a génoise base, either set on fire or baked in a very hot oven until the meringue is browned

Who invented it? A chef named Balzac at the Grand Hôtel in Paris was reading about the thermodynamic theories of Benjamin Thompson and wanted to apply them to eggs in a meringue. Thompson had lived in Bavaria, which Balzac thought was in Norway. And Norway was cold like ice cream, so the name stuck in France.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Arnold Gatilao