Tourments d’amour, culinary specialty of Les Saintes

Guadeloupe gastronomy brings together many traditional dishes with beautiful Creole flavors that make you salivate. Among these dishes, Torments of Love ranks among the TOP 5 delicacies of the archipelago to be tasted without hesitation.

Specialty of the Antilles and mainly of Les Saintes, you will fall under the spell of this essential dessert whose recipe has been protected since 2013 by the municipality of Terre-de-Haut.

The cake is broken down by a base of sweet, broken or puff pastry on which we add a jam, traditionally a coconut jam and a sponge cake flavored with cinnamon.

You have to go back to the 1920s to know the origin of this dessert created by Ms. Thomas, a young pastry chef who delighted many diners at banquets. Concerning the name “Tourment d’Amour”, several legends are known… The first would tell that the name was found by a woman tormented by the abandonment of her husband who left to fish regularly at sea. The other story explains that the one who invented the cake would have done it to satisfy her husband returning from fishing who would have endured torment away from her. Thus, the sweet jam and creaminess of the cake would reward his fatigue and emotion.

So if you want to take an excursion to Les Saintes, it is impossible to leave the archipelago without tasting a Tourment d’Amour, there is something for everyone! They are sold directly in the street by the cooks of Saintoises, near the port, in large wicker baskets.

Excursion in the Archipelago of Les Saintes

Le Jardin Malanga offers you a breathtaking view of the Archipelago of Les Saintes. Now is the time to discover these islands, located just a few dozen minutes by boat from Trois-Rivières.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, this small archipelago is made up of Terre-de-Haut, Terre-de-Bas and 7 rocky islets.

Over there, forget about cars, pollution, the world and the stress of big cities… With its small white houses with red roofs, its country church and its fishing port, the village of Terre-de-Haut stretches out all in length. People of fishermen, the Saintois have managed to keep their authenticity and their charm through the centuries.

Les Saintes is also an archipelago that has been marked by history. Christopher Columbus discovered the archipelago in 1493. It is at Fort Napoleon, nestled on the hillside, that you will discover the history of the archipelago and admire one of the most beautiful views of the bay.

Go now through the streets of Saintes and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the site. From Pompierre Beach to Anse Rodrigue or from Figuier Beach to Anse Crawen, you will come across paradisiacal places that will make you appreciate the tranquility and change of scenery.

And if you want to extend this parenthesis of happiness away from the sounds of mopeds, Terre-de-Bas remains the wildest island, ideal for hiking enthusiasts.

So don’t wait any longer, and come dream!