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la Fête Nationale Française

July 8, 2019

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Bastille Day, or la Fête Nationale Française as it’s more commonly known in France, is the anniversary celebrating the storming of Bastille on the 14 July 1789. A turning point of the French Revolution, it rejoices the unity of the French people during the end of the 1780’s and early 90’s. Celebrations are held all over France with the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe being held on the morning of the 14 July in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

Even if you have no connection to France, celebrating Bastille Day will be a treat. It’s a perfect excuse to try out hors d’oeuvres, meals, and desserts that you might not have had before. Whilst in the midst of the summer BBQ food, few people would object to a delicious change. Using the best preserves St. Dalfour has to offer, you can re-create the taste of France in your very own living room!

  1. French Onion Cheese Bread with St. Dalfour Fig Royale Preserve

Combining the iconic French onion soup with a Croque Monsieur – this savoury sweet treat makes a hearty and delicious appetiser as well as great finger food. Simply add some caramelised onion under your chosen cheese before grilling on top of some crusty French bread. The addition of the chilled sweet St. Dalfour Fig Royale Preserve provides richness to this simple showstopping starter!

  1. Crepes with St. Dalfour Apricot Preserve, Brie and Bacon

Are you a fan of sweet, salty and savoury? Then this dish is perfect for you! Not only is this versatile dish simple to make, it is also extremely indulgent and delicious. Brie is a very versatile cheese and can be enjoyed with a wide variety of fruit preserves on offer at St. Dalfour. Apricot however provides an intense and slightly acidic flavour which we believe compliments the creamy brie to perfection.

  1. St. Dalfour Black Cherry Preserve Clafoutis

Finally, the dessert you have to serve to celebrate Bastille Day; St. Dalfour Black Cherry Clafoutis! Originating from the Limousin region of France, a traditional Clafoutis is made with black cherries. However, other fruits are often substituted including red plums, prunes, apples, pears, cranberries or blackberries. All of which can be found on the St. Dalfour website.