In my home, as in many Southern homes, we enjoyed many fancy desserts that were considered as Southern as cotton blossoms and cape jasmine. In later years, I discovered that they were really of French origin and they included charlottes (generally charlotte russe) and blancmanges. One of my favorite desserts was jelly roll, a traditional Southern sweet that goes by the name of biscuit roulé in French.
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