petit four

noun
pe·​tit four | \ˌpe-tē-ˈfȯr, pə-ˌtē-, -ˈfu̇r \
plural petits fours or petit fours\ˌpe-​tē-​ˈfȯrz, pə-​ˌtē-​, -​ˈfu̇r(z) \

Definition of petit four 

: a small cake cut from pound or sponge cake and frosted

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Pastry chef Valerie Gordon is mostly known for her delicate petits fours and fine chocolates, so her latest obsession might seem a little incommensurate at first: live fire grilling. latimes.com, "Brownies on the grill, vampiros in the truck," 7 July 2018 Either way, dinner at Schwarzwaldstube is an epic affair of memorable course after memorable course, but the finale might just, well, take the cake: Instead of one or two petit fours after dessert, the server wheels in an entire cart of them. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 Fresh grapes and assorted fruit, an outstanding assortment of cheeses, jambalaya, pastries and petit fours and bread pudding with assorted sauces including caramel whiskey cream, bananas Foster, dark chocolate rum and white chocolate. Ann Benoit, NOLA.com, "Taste of Covington takes guests on world tour of food and spirits," 6 May 2018 Fans of the sweet little Japanese fictional character will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth with giant Hello Kitty cookies, 3-piece boxed cookie sets, 5-piece macaron box sets and 4-piece petit fours box sets. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "OMG: Hello Kitty food truck coming to Cincinnati," 18 Apr. 2018 Jessica Cole, always had the urge to bring people together over petit fours and saucers. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Sativa and Scones: Attending a High (Yes, That Kind of High) Tea in Los Angeles," 5 Feb. 2018 Desserts range from homemade rhubarb and apple pie and petit fours for adults and homemade brownies for kids. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Step into the past at High Tea with Gerri," 14 Dec. 2017 Mocha-chocolate petit fours, each topped with a fresh raspberry, were among the pastry offerings. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Northeast Ohio's best weekend brunches & breakfasts: Alley Cat in the Flats," 4 Nov. 2017 At Madcap the price is $7 for four bite-sized cubes that look like petit fours layered with almond cake, the liver mousse, hibiscus gelee and a flower garnish. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The best cooking in Marin? It’s at the new Madcap in San Anselmo," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of petit four

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petit four

French, literally, small oven

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petit four

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English Language Learners Definition of petit four

: a very small cake that is decorated with frosting

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