Although she was surrounded by the finest chefs and bakers in the world with gold leaf icing on succulent chiffon and moist tea party cakes, Marie Antoinette did not say “Let Them Eat Cake” and was not likely to have eaten much cake herself.
As so many people around the world have their own version of Marie Antoinette, her character or lack thereof, many desserts have their own versions according to their region.
Who doesn’t like caramel cream custard or better-stated crème Brulee or the Portuguese Leite creme or Mexican flan? All different but quite similar in nature.
Ice cream is a dessert literally for all ages as many people in different parts of the world have had ice on hand and the desire to put some kind of flavoring in it. Adding cream was a natural part of its evolution to create texture.
The Ancient Greeks liked honey cakes, a dessert since adopted by most of the Western World. Such a simple process, many things come about through common things, honey being the sweet tasting fluid readily available has remained through the years just as it was and most recipes now add a few tweaks to the original.
It seems that most humans, in general, think much the same in regard to sweet tasting treats.
And so I consider Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
I myself am relieved to make a quick icing with powdered sugar, milk, and extract. Here’s to happy days and sweet discoveries, even if they have been done somewhere else before.
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