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"Belle-Helene"

  1. A classic French dessert called "Poires Belle Helene" with cold poached pears, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce.
  2. This is also used in French cookery as a name for a garnish to grilled meat dishes.

History: Introduced around 1865 by Paris chefs from restaurants on the Grands Boulevard. This dessert was created in the 1870s and named in honor of the title character, Belle Helene, in an opera by Offenbach of the same name. Offenbach is perhaps best known in the United States for the popular melody associated with the French can-can.

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