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A sablé recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

24 Janvier 2017, 10:10am

The origin of this kind of biscuit is not really known but one of two regions in France is believed to be its birthplace. Sablés are famous around Christmas time. In Alsace, it is used to decorate tables and Christmas trees. However, in Bretagne, the biscuit is not associated to any particular event. It is consumed all year long in that region of France. As a matter of fact, winter or summer, you will find the crunchy texture of sablés irresistible. Delices and Gourmandises wows you in this recipe how to prepare this butter biscuit.

The recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

Sablés are made of flour, sugar, and butter. They are great for snacks or consumed during tea time.

Ingredients:

- 125gr butter

- 120gr sugar

- 1 sac of vanilla flavored sugar

- 1 egg

- 250gr flour

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

First, beat the egg in a small bowl and add the vanilla flavored sugar to it along with a little bit of salt. Stir well until you get a homogenous white mixture.

- Pour flour, then mix everything with your hand in order to get a sandy mixture.

- Add butter and stir well to get a homogenous dough.

- Beat the dough and form a ball with it.

- Leave the dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

- Preheat oven to 180 degree

- Spread the dough and make it such that it would have a thickness of 5 mm

- Use a knife to cut your though and make any form you want with it. After that, put it in a buttered plate covered by a baking paper.

- Put it in the oven for about 20 minutes

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Which wine to offer for Valentine’s Day? Take Delices and Gourmandises advice

18 Janvier 2017, 13:22pm

Wines make delightful gifts for Saint Valentine's Day. However, it should not be randomly chosen. Before buying any bottle, you may be interested in reading these few tips from Delices and Gourmandises.

Great appellations and estates are always successful

Not everyone is supposed to have a sound knowledge of wines. Morevover, you may not be aware of the tastes of the person to to the person to whom it is intended. To keep it simple, choose a bottle bearing the signatures of the largest vineyard estates: Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône, Languedoc, Gewurztraminer... They’ll make all wines lovers happy, whether they are regular or occasional drinkers.

If your budget is not tight and you are dealing with a great connoisseur, someone you don’t know well or an important person, do not hesitate to choose a renowned grand cru. This will undoubtedly be the perfect Saint Valentine’s Day gift for him or for her.

If instead the person is a beginner, it is recommended to go for a champagne or a sweet white wine.

A quality wine is not necessarily expensive

While it is true that the best appellations are usually expensive, it’s very easy to find quality and affordable wines. Indeed, some well renowned estates in several regions offer very nice wines at low prices.

Want to find a wine at the best value to offer to a friend or a relative? La Cave de Delices and Gourmandises is pleased to present you its exclusive selection of wines. Feel free to come and discover a wide choice of Bordeaux, Côtes-du-Rhône, Languedoc and Alsace wines.

 

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Coconut in pastries: Delices and Gourmandises reassures you

28 Décembre 2016, 09:21am

Coconut can be found in several Delices and Gourmandises pastries and delicacies, only to mention coconut crowns or coconut rocks. But many people have concerns regarding this ingredient and are reluctant to use it when cooking. Please be reassured, not only coconut is tasty, but it is good for health !

Delices and Gourmandises presents you the virtues of coconut

Used by Delices and Gourmandises in some of its best recipes, coconut is synonymous with exoticism, enhancing the flavor and delicately perfuming of preparations. Rich in fiber, coconut is a digestive ally and a quite effective appetite suppressant. It also has virtues that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the onset of type 2 diabetes. Last but not least, it is a good source of nutrients as it contains iron, manganese and copper.

Some people might be skeptical about the use of coconut in recipes because of the presence of fat and its negative effects on health. But except fot those who are really allergic, to it, if coconut is consumed in moderation, there are no major risks.

Coconut in other sweet culinary preparations

Coconut is widely used in sweet culinary preparations, other than pastries and sweets such as those in Delices and Gourmandises online catalog. You may be surprised finding it in ice-creams, rice pudding, crème brûlée and other sweet sauces, and of course, chocolates. It is usually finely grated to ease its use. If you like to prepare your own pastries and desserts and you are not very fond of crunchy walnuts, you can go for coconut milk instead.

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Pyrénées Ladyfingers recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

7 Décembre 2016, 11:50am

Mostly used to prepare desserts such as tiramisu and charlotte cakes, Pyrénées Ladyfingers are popular because of  their soft and crispy texture. If you would like to prepare your own ladyfingers, here is an original recipe presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.

Ingredients to prepare 30 ladyfingers

You will need:

-150gr flour
-200gr caster sugar
-5 eggs

Preparation

-Beat the eggs and sugar together until you get a white mixture. You can use a mixer in order to make it easier.
-Sieve the flour, then gradually add it to the egg-sugar mixture.
-Preheat oven to 180 °C
-Butter and flour a baking sheet
-Make some finger size biscuits by using pastry bags.
-Sprinkle each ladyfinger with some caster sugar and put them in the oven for 7 minutes.
-When the biscuits start to have a golden color, let them cool. After that, your ladyfingers will be ready.

If you browse on Delices and Gourmandises catalog, you can find ladyfingers and many other homemade style pastries and cookies such as Breton wafers, trio of chocolate, Alsace chocolate truffles, coconut macaron, and blueberry gratin dauphinois. We have anticipated our customers’ needs so we decided to rely on the variety and the quality of our products.

If you are watching your weight, you can always try our dietary jam or Agen Prune.

 

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Kaaks or crowns recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

23 Novembre 2016, 12:39pm

Kaaks are traditional crown-shaped cookies. It is a well-known and much-loved specialty in the Middle East and it is also becoming increasingly popular in France. If you want to know all about this oriental pastry, here are the answers to your questions, provided by Delices and Gourmandises.

Melting spiced cookies

Kaaks are prepared with a paste made from flour, sugar and sesame seeds and anise. Its crunchy and deliciously soft texture is due the simultaneous use of both baking powder and yeast. Please note that the traditional recipe does not contain eggs, but some pastry cooks’d rather add eggs and replace the vegetable oil with butter.

Sometimes, these biscuits are vanilla or coconut flavored, following the individual tastes and wishes, but keeping its melt in the mouth texture remains essential.

Preparation of kaaks

To prepare twenty crowns according to the traditional recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

- 500g flour
- 125gr of sugar
- 125ml of vegetable oil
- 50gr of toasted sesame seeds
- 30gr of aniseed seeds
- A package of baking powder
- 10gr of baker's yeast
- Lukewarm water

In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, sesame seeds, anise seeds, baking powder and vegetable oil. Then, knead dough with hands until it becomes sanded.

Dissolve yeast in slightly warm water and gradually incorporate it into the dough then knead again until the mixture becomes homogeneous.

Roll your dough into a long log and cut it into 20 equal sticks of about 1.5 cm thick. Join the two ends to form a crown. With a knife, cut the outside of the crown (but without cutting the crown!) to get a serrated structure.

Place the crowns on a lightly oiled plate and bake for half an hour (or until golden brown) in a preheated 180°C oven.

Want to vary the pleasures? Delices and Gourmandises invites you to taste its coconut-flavored crowns.

 

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A Zabaione recipe presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises

5 Novembre 2016, 13:11pm

This is a recipe you could easily prepare at home. If you want you can also try the chocolate filled Zabaione by Delices and Gourmandises.

What is a Zabaione exactly?

Delices and Gourmandises has a variety of products that uses Zabaione. It is a special kind of custard widely used in French gastronomy. Popular culture claims that Zabaione comes either from Italy or the Savoie region. Soldiers might have brought it from Italy to France in the XIX century. Another hypothesis claims that it had been served to Catherine de Medicis and her court in XVI century.

Zabaione is made with egg yolks and sugar but some people like to add wine or other spirits. When you prepare this recipe, you have to put and whip the egg yolks in a pan on a medium heat. Then, you gradually add the wine or the spirit until you get a sparkling mixture. A Zabaione could be salted or sweet depending on the kind of preparation you want to pair it with.

Salted or sweety Zabaione?

A sweety Zabaione is usually prepared with sweet wine. Chocolate filled Zabaione is Delices and Gourmandises’ favorite but you can also goes perfectly with fruits, pies, and other sweet desserts. Some liquors such as Vov and Zabov also use Zabaione to obtain additional flavors.

A salted Zabaione is made with either white wine or champagne. It perfeclty complements seafood. Also, for your own interest, eggnogs are like Zabaiones. The difference is that they are made with milk, cream, spices, and liquors.

Finally, salted or sweet, a zabaione must be served warm or chilled depending on what you are pairing it with. If you have difficulties finding wines to prepare your own Zabaione with, you can always browse through Delices and Gourmandises’ catalog.

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Delices & Gourmandises offers you mulled wines to heat you this winter

24 Février 2016, 01:11am

Really appreciated in Scandinavian countries and Alsace, mulled wine is most drunk when the temperatures get lower. Delices & Gourmandises invites you to discover this beverage which fame has crossed the frontiers and the centuries.

A drink made with red wine and spices

The mulled wine is generally made with red wine and a mix of herbs and spices. It was already used in the Roman times. Until the 17th century, it was considered as the aristocratic people beverage. Nevertheless, when the Swedish king has allowed his subjects to make their own alcoholic drinks, each family has begun to produce their own mulled wine.

The mulled wine is traditionally drunk at Christmas time but many people love to have some when it is really cold. It really helps to warm in winter.

How to make mulled wine?

Here is a very simple recipe of mulled wine. For 6 persons you will need:

-    1,5l of red wine
-    100gr honey or 200gr brown sugar
-    1 non-treated orange
-    1 non-treated lemon
-    2 cloves
-    2 sticks of cinnamon
-    2 pieces of star anise
-    Some grated nutmeg

Peel the orange and slice the fruit. Slice the lemon too. Mix the wine, the sugar or the honey, the orange zest, the cinnamon, the nutmeg and the cloves in a pan and slowly heat. Remove from the heat before it boils and add the lemon slices and the star anise. Let brew and filter. Just heat the beverage when you want some.

It is recommended not to drink it anymore if you notice a change of smell or a change of the color.

In Delices & Gourmandises wine catalog, you will find a wide range on delicious red wine that you can use to make your own mulled wine. Great wines form the best French vineyards are available: Languedoc, Bordeaux, Pays du Gard and Côtes du Rhône.

 

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Délices & Gourmandises presents the Gamay grape

15 Février 2016, 06:43am

As a true connoisseur of fine wines, Délices & Gourmandises has to talk about the Gamay grape variety that flourishes in the Beaujolais area.

Gamay is one of Délices & Gourmandises wine table

Being one of the Burgundian varietal since the fourteenth century, the Gamay grape variety was restricted to the Beaujolais by the Duke of Burgundy who feared competition with the Pinot Noir, also from Burgundy. Since then, the Gamay grape can bringing out the best in itself, greatly enjoying the granitic and siliceous soils between Mâcon and Lyon.

Gamay prefers continental climates because in hot climates it matures early. It appreciates cool nights during ripening. This grape is unfortunately sensitive to all diseases.

Gamay is grown on 30,000 ha in France, of which 22 000 ha in the Beaujolais. Its fame is such that it is common to say that in Lyon flow three rivers: the Rhone, the Saone and the Beaujolais.

The reason why Délices & Gourmandises had to talk about this vine

This black chasselas grape with white juice and juicy berries is very productive. To emphasize quality over quantity, it needs to be limited. Gamay produces warm, fruity and refreshing wines. They can be enjoyed young and are popular during summer as red wine "en primeur". On some soils, as in the Beaujolais crus, it will age with a potential of five to ten years.

Délices & Gourmandises catalog, a wealth of good wines

To all the lovers of wine from the Rhône Valley, Délices & Gourmandises offers in its selection the Marquis Arlandes, a AOP Côtes du Rhône wine full of character, gold medalist in the competition of young farmers, or the Castle Espeyran, another sun-drenched AOP Côtes du Rhône.

 

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Délices & Gourmandises crispy waffles

26 Janvier 2016, 13:21pm

Délices & Gourmandises crispy waffles can be enjoyed both at breakfast or snack at tea time. Whether you’re a good cook or not you can make homemade waffles following this easy-to-make recipe.

What you need to make waffles for 4 people:

Ingredients:
- 300 g of flour
- 2 eggs
- 50 cl. of milk
- 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- A block of butter

Equipment:
- A waffle iron
- 2 large bowls
- A whip
- A ladle or a plastic bottle

How to prepare the waffle batter?

Pour the flour at once in a bowl. Add yeast, a pinch of salt and sugar and mix everything well.
Whisk the eggs and milk in another bowl until frothy. Stir in flour gradually while continuing to whisk until the dough is smooth with no more lumps.

Let the preparation to rest for about 15 min and heat the waffle iron.

How to prepare the waffles?

Most people pour batter in the waffle iron with a ladle, but you risk spilling. We suggest you transfer the batter in a plastic bottle for easy spreading into the waffle iron. Let each waffle cook 2 to 4 minutes depending on its thickness. Make sure to coat the cooking surface of the waffle iron with some butter to prevent the batter from sticking to it and to give your waffles a nice buttery taste.

How to serve your waffles?

Waffles can be enjoyed cold or hot, stuffed with chocolate, jam or honey, or accompanied with a hot or cold drink according to your taste. You can also quickly reheat Délices & Gourmandises tasteful waffles and microwave to give them back their crisp.

 

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Delices and Gourmandises presents the Muscadelle grape

15 Janvier 2016, 09:26am

French white wine grape, Muscadelle is used for the blending of a sweet white wine selected by Delices and Gourmandises.

Softness in Delices and Gourmandises catalog

Mainly grown in the region of Bordeaux, the Muscadelle grape seems to originate from the Bergerac region where it is mentioned since the eighteenth century. In this region, it is combined with Semillon and Sauvignon to produce sweet or liqueur-like wines such as the sweet Côtes-de-Bergerac suggested by Delices and Gourmandises. It is also found in some dry white wines like Bergerac dry white.

Muscadelle is also present in the Languedoc, in Roussillon (especially in Collioure), but its use is shrinking. Out of France, it can be found in South Africa, Australia, California, but also in Eastern Europe, such as in Hungary and Romania.

This is a fragile variety of late budding and sensitive to disease. Its grains fear botrytis, a sensitivity sought in vineyards where the noble rot is favored. Muscadelle is difficult to grow, which explains the decrease in cultivated areas.

A floral character grape noticed by Delices and Gourmandises

When healthy and mature, Muscadelle brings a floral character with aromas of honeysuckle, acacia... and muscat. She brings certain roundness to wines and a musky touch highly sought in liqueur-like wines. Some producers from Graves appreciate it for its exotic fruit nuances that enrich white wines by giving them complexity.

With some aromatic exuberance, the Muscadelle grape is blended with Semillon and Sauvignon in the AOC Couleur d'Automne, a sweet Côtes-de-Bergerac presented in Delices and Gourmandises cellar. This fresh white wine is served preferably as an aperitif or to accompany an apple pie.

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