Gastronomy  The Cheese Tourteau from Poitou
12/02/201508:42 Mayu-Kitchen

Le Tourteau fromagé du Poitou-Charentes

Do you know this regional specialty: the famous
 “Cheese cake” from Poitou (different from the American one)? It’s a dessert that has always intrigued me and I wanted to try for a long time.


This unusual specialty from Poitou Charente’s region is known for its crust that forms a black dome deliberately burnt on top; and a white cooking dough underneath that is surprisingly soft by texture, and tastes like very light cream cheese.



By Wiki, the 
“tourteau fromagé” is a Poitou specialty and a pastry based on fresh goat cheese. Beginners tend to cut the black crust, which nevertheless creates all the charm of the cake and makes the taste so special. Traditionally the cake was eaten and distributed at weddings. It is still served today for gathering occasions but also for breakfast or for afternoon snack.

Surprisingly, the 
“Tourneau fromagé” was also used as a code name or password on Radio-Londres, in messages dedicated to the Résistance in the region of “les Deux-Sèvres” (a department from the Poitou-Charentes region).

Interesting, isn't it? What do you think?

Mayu is a Japanese chef, a host of Mayu’s Kitchen in Paris, a food analyst, and vegetable nutritionist. As a food nomad, born in Japan, then she moved to many countries, North America, Mexico, UK, France and Japan.

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