Mascarpone is an Italian cheese originating from the Lodi region of Lombardy.
It was given its name by a governor who, on tasting this cheese for the first time in the 12th century, exclaimed: “Mas que bueno!” Meaning “Better than good!”
“The history of Génoise”
In 1830, the chef Auguste Julien, while visiting the Bordeaux pastry maker Lorsa, discovered the technique from an Italian craftsman from Genoa, consisting in beating the biscuit over a slow flame. He baptised the dough “Génoise” in his honour.
“The history of Tarte Tatin”
This famous tart was born in Sologne towards the end of the 14th century at an inn belonging to the Tatin sisters. Rushing to finish it, the eldest forgot to put in the pastry (at the bottom) and had to add it after the other ingredients, thus creating this iconic desert.