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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Delices and Gourmandises chocolate wafers

If you want to prepare your own chocolate wafers, here is an easy to follow recipe proposed by Delices and Gourmandises.

Ingredients :

For wafers :
-350gr flour
-225gr butter
-300gr sugar
-4 eggs
-1 cup of baking powder
-1 cup of vanilla flavored sugar

For chocolate cream :
-200gr dark chocolate
-125gr whole milk
-125gr liquid cream
-20gr butter
-15gr sugar powder
-1 vanilla pod
   

Prepare the dough and cook the wafers


Soften the butter and mix it with sugar until evenly combined. Mix the baking powder and the flour together, and then add the eggs to the newly formed mixture. Whisk everything well and make sure no lumps are formed. The mixture should be between creamy and foamy texture. Allow the mixture to sit in the fridge overnight. The next morning, cook your wafers in a hot pan.

Prepare the chocolate cream


Break the chocolate and put it in a salad bowl. Next, split open the vanilla pod and boil it with the milk and the cream all together in a small pot. Then, pour the boiled mixture onto the chocolate. Make sure to mix it well and that no lumps are formed. Add butter and sugar. Stiffen your cream on low heat for a couple minutes. Do not heat for too long so that you can spread the mixture easily.

Make your chocolate wafers

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A fresh good Sylvaner available at Delices and Gourmandises

Sylvaner is a white grape variety that can produce a low price dry wine which is available at Delices and Gourmandises for everybody to enjoy.

Sylvaner d’Alsace is among the wines presented in the Delices and Gourmandises catalogue


Originally from Transylvania in Central Europe, Sylvaner was first introduced in Germany in the XVII century where it was the first choice grape variety used, occupying 35% of all the vineyards, which is more than the surface allocated to the Riesling. However, it has been since then exploited quietly due to an increasing preference toward more aromatic grape varieties.

In France, it is mainly concentrated in the Alsace vineyards. In the sixties, chaptalization method ruined its reputation and therefore, it had a decreased productivity. However, new generation of winegrowers have helped rebuild and correct its prestige. Now, its freshness and finesse, along with a constant and important production rate, make it a high quality Alsace wine deserving its own shelf in Delices and Gourmandises’ wine cellar.

The sylvaner vine is vigorous. Its grape variety is of a late maturity and harvested around 10 days after the Chasselas which is the commonly used reference. Cold weather is its biggest weakness. Late blight and botrytis are its most infamous disease. A well-made trellis is recommended because the length of its shoots makes it vulnerable to gusts of wind. If the vineyard has poor soil, the wine will be of better quality.

A fine fresh wine specially selected by Delices and Gourmandises

 


Its clear color with its greenish shades reflects its freshness and lightness. It has a fruity taste and is equipped with a refreshing capacity. It is usually consumed in its early maturation; however, some wines, like the AOC Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes proposed by Delices and Gourmandises, can be preserved between 2 to 4 years. It is a great accompaniment to cold cuts, onion tart, and various seafoods.

You can easily order this inexpensive AOC Alsace white wine at Delices and Gourmandises.

Monday, December 28, 2015

An easy custard recipe presented by Délices & Gourmandises

Custard is a must-have nowadays for dessert and snack. It is mostly used as a complement to biscuits and pastries. This recipe proposed by Délices & Gourmandises will easily help you prepare your sauce.

A liquid cream with a vanilla flavor


Custard is a mixture of egg yolks, milk and sugar. Most of the time it has a vanilla flavor. Its liquid consistency is the reason why it is a perfect accompaniment to various desserts such as chocolate cake and ice cream.  However, it has to be smooth and creamy in order to be a good custard.

Ingredients


In order to prepare a custard recipe for 4, here are the ingredients you need:
•    25 cl (1 cup) of milk
•    25 cl (1 cup) cultured cream
•    4 egg yolks
•    100 gr (1/2 cup) of sugar
•    1/2 vanilla pod

Preparation


•    Boil the milk and vanilla together in a pot, then leave to cool
•    Beat the egg yolks and sugar until you get a light color mixture
•    Add cultured cream until the new mixture is evenly combined
•    Pour the mixture into the milk and take out the vanilla pod
•    Heat the mixture inside the pot and stir it with a spatula
•    Make sure boiling point is not reached. The cream is ready when you draw a line on the spatula and it stays there well defined
•    Leave to cool and keep it refrigerated

You must not forget that custard can be preserved in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Also, if the cream was overcooked and became too thick, you can render its smoothness by using a long neck blender for a couple minutes.

Délices & Gourmandises has various choices of biscuits and cakes for you to enjoy your custard with: chocolate mini-cakes, chocolate with almonds…

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Red AOC Bordeaux wine selected by Delices & Gourmandises

The presence of the red AOC Bordeaux wine in Delices & Gourmandises cellar is not a surprise since it's the world’s greatest and most sold Bordeaux appellation.

AOC Bordeaux Rouge in Délices et Gourmandises cellar


Bordeaux’ broadest generic name, AOC Bordeaux is produced across the department of the Gironde, outside forest areas and areas of marshes and swamps. It covers a wide variety of soils, letting the winemaker choose the grape varieties most suitable for the soil quality.

The main grape varieties used in the production of AOC Bordeaux are Merlot, which gives the fruity taste and the velvety texture and Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives it its tannic structure. To add roundness and spicy aromas, winemakers add Cabernet Franc. It is also possible to find Petit Verdot, Malbec or côt and even Carmenère, but not very often.

The presence of the red AOC Bordeaux in Delices & Gourmandises cellar is explained by its strong reputation but also the flexibility of its wines. They are fruity and not very vigorous. Their aromas, usually of red fruits, depend from the blend chosen by the winemaker. It is advisable to drink the red AOC Bordeaux young enough, after four or five years at most, although some may have a better aging potential.

Red AOC Bordeaux wines are simple and easy to drink. They are better served at a temperature of 15° or 16° with red meat.

Red AOC Bordeaux wine proposed by Delices & Gourmandises


Delices & Gourmandises wine cellar contains a red AOC Bordeaux, the Château Grand Jean, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This red AOC Bordeaux greatly accompanies charcuterie, a piece of beef or game.


Monday, November 30, 2015

The Cinsault grape variety presented by Delices and Gourmandises

The Cinsault is a very old grape variety that comes from Provence region. It has big and juicy berries that can also be eaten when chilled. It brings suppleness in some wines selected by Delices and Gourmandises.

The Cinsault makes fruity wines


The Cinsault grape variety has black berries which juice is white. He rapidly went out from its old Provence for the Rhône valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon. It is also cultivated in Algeria, as it needs a lot of sun and strong enough to resist heat and dryness but still give good harvest.

This grape variety slowly ripens and matures 3 weeks after the Chasselas which is the reference. As the Cinsault is very susceptible, it has to be cultivated on poor a dry soil for having good and regular harvest. When it is plated on good and rich soil, the production is heavy but the grapes quality is lower.

It was formerly cultivated with the Grenache and their combination gave a fruity and vintage wine, as the rosé proposed by Delices and Gourmandises. The Cinsault is used to make AOC wines as the Côtes-du-Rhône, the Châteauneuf Pape. The combination gives very good rosés wines as the tavel. As they are no very sharp, these wines are easy to drink ans low in alcohol. Their aromas are generally those of red berries or dried fruits.

Delices and Gourmandises selected some wine made with Cinsault



The fact that Delices and Gourmandises offers us a delicious Côtes-du-Rhône red wine that contains Cinsault stands to reason. The Domaine de Lascamp is a wine of reference in its category with its beautiful purple color and intense flavor. Yiu can also find in its cellar a good rosé made of Cinsault and Grenache noir, the Tibérius rosé. For the pays d’Oc in Languedoc-Roussillon, it’s a light wine perfect of the aperitif.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The recipe of "petit beurre" biscuits with Delices and gourmandises

Delices and gourmandises offers you the original recipe of these lovely golden colored treats. These homemade "petit beurre" biscuits will for sure make both kids and adults smile at snack time.

The recipe of "petit beurre" biscuits

Ingredients for about a hundred biscuits (the most you can cook, the better, because they will quickly disappear!)
- 400gr of butter
- 400gr of sugar
- 1kg of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 250ml of water
- 5gr of salt
Optional: a little vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
Start by melting the butter over low heat in a pan; then add water and sugar. Stop as soon as the butter is melted and the sugar is well incorporated and make sure to stir often.
In a bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder then add the mixture made of butter, water and warmed sugar.
Stir gently - it is important not to overwork the dough - and stop as soon as the mixture is smooth.
Then let the dough rest in the fridge, covered with plastic film. It must be left at least three hours, but would be even better if you wait overnight.
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Lower the well rested dough. It must have a thickness of about 3 mm. Then cut the cookies with a cutter in the shape you want.
Arrange the cookies on a tray lined with baking paper and bake.
Cook them until they are golden brown on the edges (it usually takes 8 to 12 min).
That's all! Your delicious butters biscuits are ready to be enjoyed.

Tasting tips from Delices and gourmandises

"Petit beurre" biscuits can easily be kept up to a week as long as they remain in a dry cookie box or other container that can be tightly closed.
Feel free to browse Delices and gourmandises ‘catalog to discover other delights to share with your family or friends at any moment of the day.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Discover almond financiers with Delices and Gourmandises

Many people are very fond of Delices and Gourmandises almond financiers thanks to its exquisite taste and soft texture. If you have also been seduced by this delightful pastry, let us show you how to prepare it.

Ingredients (for about 5 people)


To make financiers almond like Delices and Gourmandises’, you need:
- 50 g of sifted flour
- 150 g of cane sugar
- 150 g of butter
- 80 g of almond powder
- 3 egg whites

Preparation with Delices and Gourmandises

- Melt the butter in a pan and let cool.
- Preheat oven to 200 ° C.
- Meanwhile, mix the flour, sugar and almond powder in a bowl.
- Add the chilled butter and egg whites (not beaten).
- Mix everything with a wooden spoon until smooth.
- Pour the batter into slightly buttered molds and cook for about 15 minutes (10 minutes if your molds are small and 15 minutes if they are larger).
- When financiers take on a golden color, check for doneness with a knife blade. If it comes out clean, your cakes are ready.

Almond financiers with can be served at tea time and breakfast accompanied with a cup of coffee or tea flavored with vanilla. To vary your pleasures, you can also taste them with chocolate waffles, raspberry biscuits or apple fondant.


You will find these delicious cookies and pastries in Delices and Gourmandises catalog.