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Monday, September 19, 2016

Health benefits of red wines

According to Dita Von Tesse’s hairdresser, John Blaine, red wines are good for your hair. Here is how it works according to Delices and Gourmandises.

The benefits of red wines to a healthy hair growth

First of all, let it be clear to you all Bordeaux wine lovers out there that the secret is not about drinking a lot of red wine and waking up in the morning expecting to have a sudden positive change in the quality of your hair. As a matter of fact, the key is not drinking wine but apply it on your hair.

Wine contains polyphenols which are known for their natural antioxidant property. That is the reason why John Blaine is using wine for the conception of Vine de la Vie.

Polyphenols are molecules with high content in vitamin E, omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 which are necessary elements for a healthy hair growth. They are also great for preventing hair loss.

Try this red wine traditional recipe on your hair

Shampoos and red wines are used to revive and repair your hair. They, therefore, play an important role in curing dry and damaged hair. The variety proposed by John Blaine which comes with a shampoo, a hair gel, and a conditioner is, however, quite expensive since each product costs around 30 to 45 euros. Fortunately, there are traditional recipes you can easily find on the internet and use to get the most out of wine. All you have to do for now is order a fine bottle of wine at Delices and Gourmandises.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Try this delicious blueberry liqueur selected by Delices and Gourmandises

Some regional liqueurs and brandies are best purchased in shops or directly from producers. Things are different when it comes to blueberry liqueur as you can prepare it yourself and personalize it according to your tastes, thank to this delightful recipe from Delices and Gourmandises.

Delices and Gourmandises recipe

For homemade blueberry liqueur, you will need:
- 1 liter of brandy
- 500 g of blueberries (or a bit more if you want to slightly soften its taste)
- 350 g of sugar
- 25 cl of spring water
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 vanilla pod (both optional)
- The juice of a small lemon

... and a lot of patience, but this delicious beverage is totally worth the wait.

The preparation could not be simpler: wash the blueberries and drain thoroughly before mixing with the other ingredients. It is better to dissolve the sugar in alcohol and water before mixing. Marinate in a bottle away from the sun for 4 to 6 weeks.

The liquor should have taken a beautiful pinkish color slightly purple by then. It is now time to strain. To remove as much particles as possible, you can also use a coffee filter.

You can enjoy it right away, but Delices and Gourmandises experts recommend to keep it in your cellar for at least a month before serving.

Tips to taste and bring out the flavour of your liquor

This deliciously scented liqueur is usually drunk as it is, without water or ice, and is a great digestive after a family lunch. It perfectly accompanies a chocolate dessert such as brownies or a black forest cake and a scoop of ice cream.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Try Delices and Gourmandises delightful chocolate pretzel recipe

Among the pastries and confectioneries available on Delices and Gourmandises website, the chocolate pretzels are one of the best-sellers. If you want to make them on your own at home, follow this quick, easy and tasty recipe.

Delices and Gourmandises reveals chocolate pretzels recipe

For 8 people, you need:

- 275gr of flour
- 120gr of butter
- 60gr of powdered sugar
- 100gr of cocoa powder
- 1 egg

For the icing:

- 175gr of icing sugar
- 250gr of plain chocolate
- 25gr of butter

Preparation Instructions

- Preheat oven to 190°C (thermostat 6/7)
- Butter a baking tray.
- In a bowl, work the butter with an electric mixer with the sugar until the mixture whitens.
- Add the beaten egg.
- Slightly dilute cocoa and add it to the butter-sugar mixture.
- Gradually add the flour, beating well until smooth and blended.
- Place the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- With dough pieces, form sticks of 10 cm long and 6 mm thick.
- Wax them up to take pretzels shape: first form a circle then return the two halves into one another.
- Place the pretzels on the baking tray, leaving enough space for them to swell during cooking.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Let pretzels cool completely on rack.
- In a bowl, break chocolate into pieces and melt it in a water bath.
- Then also melt the butter and mix it with the chocolate and icing sugar, stirring well.
- Dip each pretzel into the preparation, dropping the surplus in the bowl. Let dry on a sheet of baking paper. To end, sprinkle with some icing sugar.

Order your chocolate pretzels from Delices and Gourmandises

At any time of the day, you can enjoy these light and delicious chocolate pretzels. And to avoid being short of small pastries, please browse Delices and Gourmandises catalog, choose all your favorites and get your order door-delivered within few days!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Délices et Gourmandises, the Kingdom of kugelhopf

From the eighteenth century, both kids and adults are fond of kugelhopf, a tasty celebration cake that became even more popular because of the mystery surrounding its origins and legends about it. Let’s find out more about it with Delices and Gourmandises.

An exquisite brioche with multiple spellings

Sweet bread, similar to brioche, flavored with raisins and almonds, baked in a ring-shaped clay mold, and usually sprinkled with powdered sugar before serving, kugelhopf is an Alsatian specialty. It is also popular in other European countries such as Austria, Czech Republic and south Germany, which explains the wide variety of spellings when it comes to write its name.
To enjoy this taseteful brioche, Delices and Gourmandises recommends to dip your kugelhopf slices into coffee with milk for breakfast. It can also be enjoyed at afternoon snack time.

Discover Delices and Gourmandises’ desserts selection

Prepared with flour, butter and raisins, kugelhopf baked by Delices and Gourmandises are best when served warm for dessert. The small amount of orange and lemon zest adds some extra flavor complexity. The cake has a nice golden color on the outside in an appetizing presentation.
The cake is entirely topped with icing sugar, and is to be enjoyed without moderation with family or friends by the fire place.
To enjoy our delicious kugelhopf, you are most welcome on our website to place your order. It will be door-delivered within 48 working hours, after a preparation meeting the standards of safety and hygiene.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Learn more about gum arabic thanks to Delices and Gourmandises

Gum arabic is often found in sweets and other food. To taste it, try Delices and Gourmandises delicious acacia sweets that are made with gum arabic. If you want to know more about this ingredient, this article is for you.

What is gum arabic?

This ingredient used in Delices and Gourmandises acacia candy is actually solidified sap produced by a variety of acacia. It is also called acacia gum. Some also know it as Senegal gum, although the tree from which it is extracted comes from Sudan. It is rich in potassium salts, magnesium, and calcium. It has no taste, no peculiar smell, and dissolves in water. It is sold in powder or crystals, and its color varies from yellow to brown.

What are the main uses of gum arabic?

Gum arabic has been known for millenniums and is used in many areas, to secure Egyptian mummies bandages, but nowadays to solidify textiles and make them shine. In cosmetics and pharmacy, it is used to cure certain skin conditions and to heal wounds. In building construction, it optimizes roofs impermeability. Finally, it is used to make paper gummed for labels and stamps.

Gum arabic in food

Gum arabic is a treat to chew in its home country. You can find some on Delices and Gourmandises under the name acacia candy. In the food industry, it is known as E414. It is used as an emulsifier in citrus-extracted oils tastes and support for flavorings. It is also very effective as a colloid in emulsions.

Friday, August 5, 2016

An easy-to-make rock praline recipe with Delices and Gourmandises

Among Delices and Gourmandises’best sellers, delicacies lovers certainly know and appreciate pralines rocks. Crunchy on the outside, nicely smooth on the inside, they are simply irresistible! Surprise your beloved ones, prepare them on your own following this easy recipe.

Delices and Gourmandises shares the main ingredients

For the praline, you need 150gr of hazelnuts, 130gr of sugar, 1 vanilla pod, 20gr of dark chocolate with a minimum of 60% of cocoa and 80gr of milk chocolate. Use 80gr of whole hazelnuts for topping. For coating, you need 50gr of mixed nuts, 200gr of dark chocolate with a minimum of 60% cocoa and 200gr of milk chocolate.

Over the years, the pastry masters have brought their own personal touch by adding chopped almonds, some biscuit or 10cl of cream to improve the taste and texture of this delicacy.

Prepare your pralines rocks with Delices and Gourmandises

As a start, prepare the filling and praline: pour the sugar and hazelnuts in a pan. Divide the caramel on baking paper. Once cooled, the caramel should be coarsely manually crushed. Then mix everything until you get a thick and grainy praline paste. Set this preparation aside and move to the coating. Melt the dark chocolate and milk chocolate, then add the mixed nuts, praline paste and chopped almonds and other ingredients you want to include the preparation.

Mix until obtaining homogeneous dough to pour into a pastry bag, which is to be placed in silicone molds for easy removal. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Once unmolded, your pralines rocks can be chocolate-coated then sprinkled with praline. When you lack time, there’s a solution: order an assortments of chocolates or chocolate pastries from Delices and Gourmandises, your favorite online confectionery.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Some techniques to preserve your wine well

If you plan to age wine at home, or if you just want to have a good bottle at your house in order to celebrate a special occasion, here are some techniques presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.

Learn how to create optimal wine aging conditions with Delices and Gourmandises

First, you need to know how to get a wine cellar temperature at home. It has to be fresh with a temperature between 10°C and 14°C.  Thermal shock and the shift between warm and cold can degrade the elasticity of the cork which can lead to a possible air penetration inside the bottle and cause the fast oxidation of the wine. Make sure you lay down the bottle in order to bedew the cork. Unnecessary movement and vibration can also degrade the quality of the wine.

Humidity inside the room must be between 70% to 80% so that the cork remains intact. Be sure it doesn’t get passed that threshold; otherwise it will stimulate the presence of moisture and could lead to a total deterioration of the quality of the wine. It is imperative you keep your bottles away from the sun because the UV lights can quicken oxidation.

Find the best wines with Delices and Gourmandises

If you have a room or cellar that gives you the opportunity to have the optimal conditions we mentioned earlier, you can start to keep your wine bottles in there. It is also possible to get a tool that is specifically dedicated to that matter.
In the meantime, you can already browse through Delices and Gourmandises’ catalog to discover the different variety of wines available. You can order your bottle depending on the type of dish you are having. Delices and Gourmandises also offers a home delivery of their products.