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I've often wonder about name and how everyone seem to have a difference idea of one dish. For exemple a pear charlotte in a French restaurant turned out to be a marquise au chocolat served with pears.

What intrigue me even more is how many different version there can be of, for example, a génoise. Everyone seem to have a different interpretation of it.
 

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This thread was started after reading about marjolaine, and the different preparations that could be used. I contemplated putting this idea in the cooks corner, but because of the many componants of desserts, I felt it would best work here.
Take for example I once had a tira mi su that consisted of 4 soaked lady-fingers (criss-crossed on the center of the plate) with a mascarpone custard piped onto it. A marsala reduction around the whole dessert and a large chocolate curl on top.
A tira mi su by any other name would still taste as sweet as a tira mi su
 

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I dont have a problem with the tiramisu. Sure they took some liberties but at least all the basic components were there...just displayed a little differently. I dont mind the addition of a new flavor either.

But I once ordered a "fruit napoleon" at a restaurant in New Orleans. I received a plate with fresh fruit layered between three tuille cookies. I think that this is false advertising or "bait and switch"

We can serve anything we want if it is safe and the customers like it...but what I think some need to be careful of is what they call it.

I know France has some regulations on the naming of certain breads and pastries...does anyone know anything about that?

eeyore
 
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