petit fours

What are Petit Fours?

A Petit Four is a small bite-sized confectionery or savoury appetizer. The name comes from French and translates as "small oven". They are usually found on trays at elegant parties and in fancy restaurants.

Where did they come from?

In 19th Century France there were no gas ovens, and so bakers used a breadmakers' oven that only had two settings:

1) Grand Four - a very strong and high heat setting used for roasting meats and vegetables.
2) Petit Four - lower temperature when the fire has started to die out, perfect for baking pastries.

Types of Petit Fours

Petits Fours are small baked good such as cakes, pastries or cookies. They are usually sweet desserts, but can sometimes be savory appetizers.

Glacé ("glazed"), iced or decorated tiny cakes covered in fondant or icing, small éclairs, and tartlets
Salé ("salted"), savoury bite-sized appetizers usually served at cocktail parties or buffets
Sec ("dry"), dainty biscuits, baked meringues, macaroons, and puff pastries

Petit Fours are often served at our TASTE Restaurant: https://www.wlc.ac.uk/college-restaurant-salon