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Bastille Day Trifle with Chef Marc Sievers

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Let’s celebrate Bastille day with a fabulous trifle!

Ingredients (serves 6 – 8)

  • Pound Cake – store-bought, sliced ½-inch thick
  • Framboise – ½ cup, divided
  • Raspberry Preserves – 12 ounces, Bonne Maman recommended
  • Blackberries – 12 ounces, divided
  • Raspberries – 12 ounces, divided
  • Blueberries – 12 ounces, divided
  • Strawberries – 8 ounces, ¾-inch diced
  • Heavy Cream – 1 quart, very cold
  • Lemon Zest – 1 large lemon
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon, granulated
  • Sea Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Lemon Curd – 13 ounces, store-bought, Bonne Maman recommended


Using ¼ cup of framboise, evenly drizzle one cut side of each slice of pound cake.  Evenly spread the preserves onto the same cut side of each slice.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add six ounces of blackberries and six ounces raspberries.  Using a dinner fork, gently smash the berries.  Add six ounces of blueberries, the cut strawberries, and remaining ¼ cup of framboise and stir together.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the heavy cream, lemon zest, sugar, and salt.  Cover the mixer with a clean kitchen towel (to prevent the cream from splattering everywhere!), and gradually raise the speed to high.  Whip for 45 seconds, or until the cream forms soft peaks.

In a small bowl, add the lemon curd and 1 cup of the whipped cream.  Stir together, then gently fold the mixture into the remaining whipped cream.

To assemble the trifle, spoon a layer of the lemon whipped cream into a large glass bowl.  Add a layer of pound cake, breaking the slices into pieces to fit.  Then add a layer of berries and their juices.  Continue to make 2 more layers, finishing with a layer of lemon whipped cream. 

Dress the top of the trifle with the remaining raspberries and blueberries to resemble the French flag.  Serve within 30 minutes.

Kitchen Tip: If you want to make your own pound cake, here is my recipe for Lemon Pound Cake.  The recipe makes two; one for now and one for breakfast during the week!

If you would like to get a signed copy of Marc Siever’s cookbook, click here.

To find out what else is happening at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago for Bastille Day, click here.

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Tartiflette Recipe

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By Conery Hoffman

Food is always on the top of my list when traveling and some of my favorite memories include what was on the menu. During college, I spent a weekend in Manigod, a commune located in eastern France. While speaking with a friend about visiting this area, memories from long ago came flooding back of a rather simple, hearty dish made of potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions that is eaten – and celebrated – in the Alps. It turned out my friend is from this area of France and is also quite the tartiflette master. You can imagine what happened next. I asked him to make it.

In 2015 on a crisp winter day, we decided to hold a dinner for 10 and dubbed it fête de la tartiflette. Who knew a regional dish of no significance at the time, from so many years ago, would become an important part of our lives. We now host this fête annually, which has turned out to be an extremely lively, and a little boozy, fun party. To learn how to make tartiflette, check out this video clip and when everyone is able to gather once again, invite your good friends and family over, pour some crisp Aprémont, put on some dance music and conjure up the Alps!

Note: Réblochon is unavailable in the U.S. It doesn’t fit the FDA’s pasteurization guidelines -substitute w/raclette.

Some more Frenchness in your life

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Needing a little more French in your life right now? 

We created a couple of photos that you can use as your screensaver, Zoom background or Microsoft team background that help you share the love of all things French. 

How to use our backgrounds:

Download your favorite images by clicking on them and saving them, then choose your image.

Here is the guide on how to add a Zoom Background.

Here is the guide on how to add a background on Microsoft Teams.

We can’t wait to see them in events, your French classes, or hear how you are using them at home. 

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Nice, France
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