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Italian State Dinner Dessert - 1998: A Tribute to Bologna

Italian State Dinner Dessert - 1998: A Tribute to Bologna

Date of Work
May 6, 1998
Credit
Collection of Roland Mesnier

Italian State Dinner Dessert - 1998: A Tribute to Bologna

"When I visited the Italian Embassy in preparation for this dinner, I discovered that Professor Romano Prodi was originally from Bologna, where there are two well-known medieval towers. A little more research revealed to me that peaches and chestnuts are popular in that region of Italy. From my own travels, I knew that Italians are very fond of rich cakes soaked in liqueur and filled with custard cream.

That's all the information I needed to create this dessert, a brioche cake soaked in Amaretto syrup, filled with vanilla custard and fresh peach slices, and covered in a honey meringue... The piece de resistance was a replica of one of the Bolognese towers, made of chestnut ice cream and decorated with nougat pieces." - Excerpt from "A Sweet World of White House Desserts" by Roland Mesnier

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