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How to choose the perfect white wine during festivities?

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White wines are great to have during festivities. Here are some advices proposed by Delices and Gourmandises to help you know how to choose the perfect white wine.

Enjoy a great pairing with Delices and Gourmandises

white wineWhite wines are mostly consumed as aperitifs. If possible, have it light and sweet but you can also choose soft. Always try to serve it fresh and sparkling. As appetizers, dry white wines pair perfectly with seafood, salads, and raw vegetables, seasoned with lemon and olive oil.

 

White wines and main dishes are also great complements. It is common to have white wines with white flesh meat and fish. A sweet wine is what you need if you are having chicken. Full bodied white wines, on the other hand, is perfect to have with turkey. Delices and Gourmandises recommend a Riesling or a Pinot Gris to have with spicy foods and chicken curry. Aromatized and highly flavored foods usually go with sweet wines in order to balance the taste.

White wines to pair with desserts and cheeses

Delices and Gourmandises proposes you try a pairing of white wines and cheeses. Sweet and fruity wines go with goat cheese perfectly. It is also possible to have wines and cheese by combining products from the same terroir such as a Munster with a Gewurtztraminer or a Comté with a Jura wine.

White wines are also great addition to fruit desserts. Choose a dry sparkling wine to pair with pies or with charlotte cakes.

Enjoy this delicious recipe of financiers offered by Delices and Gourmandises

blueberry financiers

At the very beginning, the French financiers, these popular small cakes, were characterized by their oval shape, imagined by the nuns of the order of the visitandines. Swiss pastry makers later tried to follow the recipe, while shaping it into ingots. This also explains its appellation. Delices and Gourmandises invites you to discover two variations of the financiers recipe.

Delices and Gourmandises easy recipe for homemade financiers

almond financiersIngredients needed
– 200gr of icing sugar
– 200gr of butter
– 80gr of flour
– 80gr of almond powder
– 6 egg whites
Preparation
– Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.
– Melt the butter until it is hazel-colored. Let it cool.
– Beat the egg whites until you get a foam.
– Pour the icing sugar and mix.
– Now mix the almond powder and the flour.
– Pour the butter into the preparation using a colander.
– Whisk the mixture until smooth.
– Now, butter and flour small « financiers » moulds and fill them with dough.
– Bake for 15 minutes.

You can then get the financiers out of the oven, unmold them on a rack and serve them warm or cold.

And for this recipe, Delices and Gourmandises suggests you another tasteful variation: replace the almond powder with blueberries, currants or raspberries.

Taste Delices and Gourmandises financiers recipe with blueberries

Ingredients to be combined
– 180gr of butter
– 60gr of flour
– 200gr of icing sugar
– 125gr of blueberries
– 160gr of almond powder and some almonds in sticks
– 1 or 2 of vanilla pods
– 185gr or 190gr of egg whites
Preparation
– Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Once a nice hazelnut smell escapes from the preparation, transfer it quickly in a small bowl to finish the baking and prevent the butter from burning.
– Preheat the oven to 230 ° C.
– Sift the flour, icing sugar and almond powder.
– Pour the powders into the robot tank equipped with the flat whisk
– Collect the seeds of the vanilla pods and add them to the preparation, then the non-whisked whites and finally the hot hazelnut butter.
– Half-fill the molds with a piping bag and place a blueberry in the center of each cookie.
– Add 3 or 4 almond sticks and bake for 6 min.
– Reduce heat down to 200°C and continue baking for 6 min.
– Finalize the baking in “oven off” mode for an additional 6 min.
– Remove from the oven, unmold and let cool on a rack.

Lemon marble cake recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

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Lemon marble cake is one of the most loved pastries. As a matter of fact, the aromas of chocolate and lemon mixed together give this pastry an original and amazing taste. It is for those reasons that Delices and Gourmandises decide to share the recipe with you.

Ingredients to serve 4 people

marble-cakeYou will need
-200 g flour
-200 g sugar
-3 eggs
-200 g butter
-100 black chocolate
-grated lemon zests
-1 bag baking powder
-1 spoon rum

How to prepare it?

-Preheat oven to 170C.
-mix the butter and sugar together.
-Add eggs slowly to the mixture until you get a smooth cream.
-Add flour mixed with baking powder to your mixture. Make sure you blend them well to avoid any lumps.
-Add rum and mix everything well.
-Divide your paste into 2 (2/3, 1/3). Put the grated lemon zest into the biggest share. Use cocoa powder or the melted chocolate with the other share.
-Pour a part of the paste containing the lemon zests into a buttered pan sieved with flour. Then, pour the chocolate paste into the pan before you finish with the lemon paste.
-Cook in the oven for 1 hour.
-The cake is ready when you put a knife in it and the blade comes out completely dry.

If you are unable to make your own lemon marble cake, you can order as much as you want at Delices and Gourmandises.

Grape biscuits recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

grape biscuits

Grape biscuits and hot chocolate pair perfectly well. They are great to help you relax after a long day at work. Here is an easy to prepare recipe presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.

Here are the ingredients you will need

You will not need that many ingredients to prepare this kind of cookie. Most of what you need should be already available in your cupboard.

For 10 biscuits, you will need
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup of dry grapes
-1/2 cup cassonade
-1/2 cup melted butter
-1 egg
-cinnamon and yeast

Preparation

grape biscuitsTake two bowls, and put inside one of the bowl: the flour, the dry grapes, the cinnamon, and the yeast. Put the egg, the melted butter, and the brown sugar into the other bowl.

Mix everything in each bowl well. After that, pour all liquid ingredients inside the bowl that contains the flour. Mix everything again. When you get a nice mixture, butter a baking pan and preheat the oven to 180C. Pour the paste by using a spoon and make sure you leave enough space between each piece. Cook for about 15 minutes. Take them out of the oven. Let them cool for 10 minutes before serving.

If you want to preserve your biscuits for a couple of days, put them in a tightly sealed steel box. You can enjoy them as snacks during your work break.

If you are looking for other pastries or cookies, all you have to do is contact Delices and Gourmandises. You will find numerous products to satisfy your needs.

Make your own chocolate truffles with Delices and Gourmandises

chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles are staples of Christmas delicacies. Here is a recipe presented by Delices and Gourmandises to show you all the tips you need so you can successfully prepare your own chocolate truffles.

A small story on chocolate truffles presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises

chocolate truffles recipeBehind every great confectionary product there is a great story that Delices and Gourmandises would like to share with you. In December 1895, Louis Dufour did not have enough raw materials to prepare his cookies and pastries whereas Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities were coming up fast. He then decided to use whatever he had in stock rather than ask his peers for help. That led him to only use cocoa powder, vanilla, and crème fraiche. The mixture was put together into some melted chocolates before it was sprinkled with cocoa powder in order to get a matte texture that reminded you of a truffle. Since then, truffles have been associated with culinary traditions of the Savoie and Chambery region.

Delices and Gourmandises’ recipe to prepare chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles are easy to prepare. It takes about 10 minutes to make a set. As ingredients, you will need 450 g of chocolate, 25 cl of crème fraiche, and some cocoa powder. If you cannot find any cocoa powder, Delices and Gourmandises recommends using crushed chocolates.

Boil the crème fraiche in a pan. Pour the boiling crème into your chocolate, which will melt due to the heat. Stir gently with a spoon and add any aroma you want. Let the mixture cool for about two (2) hours. All you need to do next is make some small chocolate balls with your hand or by using two spoons before you sprinkle the balls with cocoa powder. If you want to have some original designs, you can use sesame seeds, crushed coconut, or almonds instead of cocoa powder. Anything you want will work to amaze your family.

If you do not have time or the possibility to prepare your own chocolate truffles, you can always order at Delices and Gourmandises. Your order will be delivered to you in a timely manner.

Here are a couple of ideas by Delices and Gourmandises to use Pineapple and Rum together

pineapple flambé

There is plenty of way to pair pineapple and rum together. Fried, grilled, flambé, or plainly fresh, you choose. They are all great. Here are some recipes presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.

Delices and gourmandises shows you how to prepare a warm pineapple?

Pineapple paired with rum will surprise you. Pineapple flambé and rum, just like fried pineapple and rum is one of those classic warm desserts you would find irresistible. You could also use pineapple to spice up the flavor in your barbecue.

To prepare this kind of dessert, you need to grill the pineapple until it heats up and changes slightly in color. Then, prepare a sauce with the rum and some honey to marinate your pineapples or your brochettes.

You could also use rum and pineapple to prepare pastries such as a pineapple pie, which is one of Delices and Gourmandises’ favorites. If you want, upside down cake can also be prepared with the same ingredients used to make pineapple pie.

Pineapple and rum recipes presented by Delices and Gourmandises to refresh you

pineapple flambé au rumIced pineapple and rum is a great summer season dessert. All you need for making this dessert are slices of pineapple, rum, honey, and lemon juice. If you have the opportunity, try this pineapple granite recipe presented by Delices and Gourmandises.

The rum, the lemon juice, the sugar, and the pineapple have to be mixed all together. Then, you will need to freeze the mixture and crush the ice. As for drinks, a pineapple flavored punch made with rum is always great for any season any anytime. You can also always try other recipes you might find interesting on Delices and Gourmandises’ catalog.

Taste Delices and Gourmandises crispy palm trees

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The hearts of France had to have a prominent place in Delices and Gourmandises catalog, as these puff pastry-based treats are known throughout the world.

The palm trees, at the heart of all Delices and Gourmandises

While avoiding to go back to the Neolithic and the first cake made of a porridge of cereal cooked on a stone heated by the sun, one can say that the history of little palm trees tarts with the puff pastry. Created by the Greeks long ago, it became popular durant the Renaissance thanks to the Italian pastry makers of Catherine de Médicis.

palm treesKnown as the orejas (ears) in Mexico, or “pig’s ears” on the other side of the Atlantic, the palm tree is a heart-shaped pastry made from puff pastry, without yeast, sprinkled with sugar before baking. Once you get a taste at Delices and Gourmandises pure butter recipe, you’ll be hooked. Fold the two sides towards the center so as to have the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then cut nice slices and sprinkle them evenly with sugar before baking them.

Even if their name changes from a country to another, the recipe is always the same and accessible to all amateurs, except for the somewhat delicate preparation of puff pastry. Fortunately, you can easily buy ready-made pastry. All you’ll have to do is spread the dough to form a large rectangle.

Try Delices and Gourmandises butter palms trees

Small or large, palm trees must be perfectly crisp and golden brown. The sugar which lightly caramelises during baking gives them that characteristic color that’s alsmost impossible to resist. Delices and Gourmandises has fully understood this and its nice heart-shaped butter palms trees are so crisp that they will delight all taste buds served with coffee or tea or as a dessert accompaniment.

Marquisette recipe presented by Delices and Gourmandises

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Marquisette is a tasteful drink that can be easily prepared on your own provided that you have a good dry white wine available. Delices and Gourmandises catalog contains a selection of quality wines for homemade Marquisette.

What is Marquisette?

Marquisette is a wine and citrus-based cocktail from the Ardèche region. It is also very popular in the departments of Drome and Gard and is a must family and village celebrations. Besides, everyone can have his own recipe. However, regardless of the place, the basic ingredient remains dry white wine. Some use sparkling wine or champagne.

White wine is added other ingredients such as lemonade, sugar or cane sugar syrup, citrus liqueur or concentrated citrus juice (lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc.), and finally the rum White. You can also add fruit pieces but only citrus (lemon or lime, orange).

How to prepare Marquisette? Delices and Gourmandises offers you a recipe using one of its wines

Delices and Gourmandises online stores offers you a wide choice of dry white wines that can be used to prepare a great Marquisette. Here we include the Riesling Moulin de Dusenbach, the Château Cazeau-entre-de-mers or the Chardonnay Réserve Saint-Martin.

To prepare Marquisette for 6 persons, you will need:

– 75 cl of dry white wine
– 1 orange
– 1 lime
– 1 vanilla pod
– 10 cl of rum
– 75 cl of your favorite lemonade
– 200 g of cane sugar or 25cl of cane sugar syrup

Proceed in 2 steps.

The night before, mix the sugar or sugar syrup, white wine and rum. Peel citrus fruits and cut them into small cubes. Add the fruit mixture to the split vanilla pod. Set this mixture aside in the fridge overnight.

Before serving, pour the wine mixture into a punch bowl and add ice lemonade.

Delices and Gourmandises blackcurrant wine recipe

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Blackcurrant liqueur wine is prepared with neutral alcohol and pulps of this dark berry. This cream is then mixed with dry white wine or strong red wine (depending on region). If you want to prepare your own blackcurrant cream-based wine, Delices and Gourmandises offers you this easy-to-make recipe.

Ingredients

blackcurrant delices gourmandisesTo make blackcurrant wine (or cream) for about 10 people, you need:

– 1 kg of blackcurrant
– 1 liter of white alcohol or fruit alcohol
– 800 g of sugar
– Blackcurrant leaves
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 25 cl of water

Blackcurrant wine preparation

– Wash and remove the blackcurrants then mash them coarsely.
– Prepare a syrup by boiling water and sugar for about ten minutes. Let cool.
– spread the pre-cleaned blackcurrant leaves in a large bowl, add the cinnamon stick, alcohol and the blackcurrants berries.
– Pour the syrup over the mixture.
– Close tightly and let marinate for about a month out in the sun or in a warm place until fermentation is complete.
– Strain the drink with a clean cloth. Make sure to fully extract the juice by twisting the cloth.
– Keep the liquor into a bottle and let stand at least 1 month before serving.

You can serve it as an aperitif by white wine, red or rosé adding (1/5 of blackcurrant liqueur for 4/5 white wine or red wine) as you wish. If you have patience, it’s better to let your wine sit for a couple of months before drinking it.

You’re looking for the perfect wine for your preparatiopn ? Delices and Gourmandises invites you to browse its catalog, wich displays a selection of bottles from its cellar that will be perfect to prepare this delicious blackcurrant flavored drink.

The secrets of homemade liqueur by Delices and Gourmandises

homemade liqueur

Contrary to what many people think, preparing a homemade liquor is accessible to all. To do this, simply gather all the necessary ingredients and follow the steps explained by Delices and Gourmandises.

The basic ingredients of a homemade liqueur

To prepare a liqueur, you need alcohol with a neutral taste such as white alcohol, vodka or fruit alcohol, sugar, water, and depending on your preferred recipe, herbs, fruits, spices, flowers, seeds or bark. You can also use food coloring if you wish. In any cases, it is recommended to use ripe, untreated fruits and freshly picked herbs to get a flavored liqueur.

It is also mandatory to clean bottles and all the ingredients and equipment used in the preparation. Preferably choose containers and tools that do not oxidize.

The liquor-making steps

homemade liqueur delices gourmandisesMaceration is the most used technique when preparing homemade liqueur. Aromatic ingredients are soaked in alcohol for few weeks. Then add the syrup prepared with water and sugar. The mixture should stand for at least half a day before being filtered and bottled.

In some recipes, the ingredients are heated before being mixed. This method called “infusion” is assimilated to maceration.

To prepare plant-based liqueurs, one can use the brewing technique. This involves “filtering” the alcohol (in liquid or vapor form) through a layer of leaves or chopped fresh root.

And if you do not have the time and patience to wait for your liquor to age, Delices and Gourmandises catalog shows an assortment of fruity liqueurs (wood strawberry, quince, blueberry and blackberry) distilled and aged following the Alsatian tradition.