Profiteroles au Chocolat noir @ Buffet Gare Celigny

Buffet de la Gare in Celigny is one of those well-known local restaurants that many locals still adore. The cuisine is steady and appeals to many loyal clients. The chocolate profiteroles are made with dark chocolate and remain a house favourite.

The word profiterole has existed in English since 1604, borrowed from French. The original meaning in both English and French is unclear, but later it came to mean a kind of roll ‘baked under the ashes’. A 17th-century French recipe for a Potage de profiteolles or profiterolles describes a soup of dried small breads (presumably the profiteroles) simmered in almond broth and garnished.

The current meaning is only clearly attested in the 19th century. Although both the pastry and the name profiterole initially came from France, profiteroles are one of the main national dishes in Gibraltar.