Patrick Fritz, what is the history of the friend Fritz and the Maison Massenez?
P.F: It goes back 50 years. At that time Gaby was already coming to the restaurant to taste Alsatian products and knew the family (father and grandfather) well. They were already customers of the Massenez House due to its good reputation especially with the wild raspberry, the Williams pear… they became friends. When Gaby used to come, he liked to taste the pike quenelle stuffed with crayfish as well as the emblematic dishes of Alsatian cuisine (simple and tasty dishes) and dry wines. He was a lover of frank, tasty and uncomplicated products.
One fine day, he arrives with a special bottle?
P.F : He arrives with a bottle of old prune. Forty years ago, it was the novelty, he asked Patrick Fritz to make a recipe with it to be able to market it. Starting with a perfect ice-cream at Grand Marnier. He modified and adapted the recipe to make it lighter and that’s how the old plum iced soufflé was born, which has become a signature dish at L’Ami Fritz. This dish has evolved (sweeter at the beginning), in terms of taste but also in terms of presentation (at first in terracotta bowls and gratiné) and today in a more graphic and sober presentation.
What is the secret of this soufflé so good?
P.F : First of all, the old prune! The secret lies in the quantity, the mixture… Ours has a particularity, it is always smooth, almost everyone finds it good. The right balance between the different ingredients, the dosage is important.