A love story begins with a feeling. Can this feeling be for food? Of course it can. Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Torment will create that feeling as long as you love coconut. This particular recipe is made with puff pastry, homemade coconut jam and genoise cake batter.
Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Tourment comes from Les Îles des Saintes or Les Sainted Islands which “is a territory of the northern hemisphere situated in North America, in the Caribbean islands, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Les Saintes lies the south of the island of Guadeloupe and east of Marie-Galante. It is separated from Guadeloupe by Les Saintes Passage and from the North of Dominica by Dominica Passage. (Wikipedia, 2016)
The archipelago of les Saintes is mostly populated by the descendants of colonists from Brittany and Normandy, and inhabitants of Poitou, Saintonge and Anjou who are mostly from the first French families that lived on Saint Christopher and Nevis when it was a French colony. The population has the peculiarity of being primarily of European origin and speaks a variety of popular American French, with some terms of Old French. (Wikipedia, 2016)
The food of the islands is mainly composed of products of the sea and creole culinary dishes. These include fish Court-bouillon, Colombo (a creole dish of meat spiced with curry, curcuma, saffron and cumin), black pudding, and accras de Morue (saltfish). Some typical specialties are:
- Le “Tourment d’amour”: a small tartlet consisting of a piecrust pastry, with jam (traditionally coconut) wholly covered with a sponge cake. These tartlets are very widespread in the archipelago, and are sold at the port to the visitors arriving from the ferries. Every year, for the patron saint’s day, a competition for the best and biggest “tourment d’amour” is held. They are now also made with jam of other tropical fruits, e.g. banana, guava, passion fruit and pineapple. (Wikipedia, 2016)
After learning about Le Tourment D’Amour, don’t you want to try your hands at some delicious pastries? One that would make you comeback for more! Isn’t that its purpose?
I have to warn you before you attempt to make this delicious pastry dessert. If you do want the real version, have patience and lots of affection for the person or people you intent to make it for this Valentine’s Day. I can guarantee you that who ever it is, she, he or they will be very delighted. This recipe version is a bit long. It is better in my opinion because it is made with freshly grated coconut, homemade confectioner’s cream. The real thing!
Le Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Tourment can be made for any occasion but is it the perfect dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Recipe adapted from Babette de Rozieres