A Feast for Ludovicus Rex Bavariae

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Tomorrow, June 13, is the Feast of St. Ludovicus Rex Bavariae (aka Ludwig II, 1845-1886 e.v.). According to the Invisible Basilica, “Ludwig was the last of the German feudal princes: a romantic dreamer who viewed himself as a divinely sanctioned monarch after the model of his hero, Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’ of France. He was a great patron of the arts, especially of painting, music, sculpture, literature and architecture. He is now most well known for the three lavish palaces he built: Schloss Linderhof near Oberammergau, which boasts a ‘Grotto of Venus’ complete with concrete stalactites and an indoor lake with a boat shaped like a cockleshell; Schloss Herrenchiemsee, a miniature replica of Versailles on an island in the Chiemsee; and Schloss Neuschwanstein, a fairy-tale castle with soaring turrets built atop a mountain crag near Füssen, on the Austrian border.”

In honor of the Swan King, we bring you this ornamental dessert.

Swan cream puffChocolate Cream Puff Swans

Cream Puff Dough

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs


  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces heavy whipping cream


  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar, or as needed

See full instructions at Allrecipes.com.


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