The history of Pretzel presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises

Delices and Gourmandises presents to you the history that led to the discovery of this knot looking pastry called pretzel.

Where does the pretzel come from?

pretzelsHistorians claim that pretzel comes from Germany. It was invented in 1477 by a baker sentenced to death at the time. To be free, he had to create a bread through which the sun would shine three times.

Through the years, pretzel has become a very popular pastry in Europe, giving birth to other original recipes using bacon, onions, and cheese. However, the bretzel we all know has well defined characteristics. It has a twisted form and could be either salted or sweet. It pairs perfectly with hot or cold drinks. How is a pretzel prepared though? Here is the recipe presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.

Pretzel recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

The recipes can differ depending on how you like your pretzels. As a matter of fact, pretzels can be hard or soft, salted or sweet. As far as ingredients, you will need flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, milk, baking soda and egg yolks. Of course, you can always use almonds, chocolate, or any other condiment in order to boost the taste of your pretzel.

Use the palms of your hands to design the twisted form of pretzels. The paste should be about 55 to 60 cm long. Also, it should take about 15 minute to cook a pretzel.

You have the need to get some bretzels now? You can browse through Delices and Gourmandises’ catalog to see the products we have.

Butter pistachio cake recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

Here is an easy and fast to prepare Butter pistachio cake recipe presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises.

The story behind butter cakes

Butter cakes have become a classic snack since the recipe was invented in the region of Lorraine. We at Delices and Gourmandises believe that sometime in XVIII century, The Marquise Perrotin De Baumont’s cook was ordered to prepare small cakes intended to be served at a cocktail party. She decided to use a recipe she learnt from her grand-mother by molding the cakes inside scallops. The success of this shell looking cake led it to bear the name of Madeleine Paulmier, who invented it.

Some advices from Delices and Gourmandises when you prepare your Butter Pistchio cakes

To prepare cakes to serve at least 4 people, you will need:

wedding-cake-pistachio– 4 eggs
– 50gr butter
– 110gr flour
– 85gr sugar
– 1/2 bag of baking powder
– 1 spoon of pistachio paste
– 1 spoon of honey or 1 lemon

Preheat your oven to 240C. Then, mix the eggs, sugar, honey, and the lemon zest directly in a big bowl. After that, add flour and baking powder to the mixture. Soften the butter before you add it to the mixture. End the paste preparation by adding pistachio paste to it. Once you get a homogenous mixture, you should have a slightly green color.

In order to get a crispy texture, you can crush some pistachio and add them to the paste. Next, all you need to do is fill the butter cake baking pans or scallops and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes. If you want your butter cakes to have a nice volume, Delices and Gourmandises suggests you leave your paste in the baking pans for 5 minutes before you put them in the oven. Wait a couple minutes after you take them out of the oven before trying the cakes if you want the best taste.

Remember, you will only need about 20 minutes to prepare pistachio butter cakes. For some reason, if you are not able to prepare your own butter cakes, you can always order at Delices and Gourmandises.

Delices and Gourmandises’ apple tartlets

You are fond of Delices and Gourmandises’ apple tartlets and always need to have some for dessert or tea time? You can order them anytime on our website and we will ensure door delivery with great pleasure. However, when you have unexpected guests, schedule might be very tight. The solution: bake them yourself following this very simple recipe!

A fine, golden pastry, garnished with generous chunks of apple and sprinkled with a few grains of sugar.

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Find the authentic taste of apple tartlets

Like all Delices and Gourmandises’ products, its apple tartlets are elaborated following the traditional recipe and using fresh, healthy ingredients to delight your taste buds with no risk for your health or your weight!

For 6 people, you will need:

For the pastry:
– 300 g flour
– 125 g butter
– 1 tablespoon oil soup (to fill molds without greasing and make the dough crispier)
– 5 or 6 apples
– 1 dl water
– salt
– sugar

Start with the dough
– Mix the flour, butter, oil and water in a bowl.
– Knead.
– Roll out the pastry and line 6 tart pans.
– Prick the dough with fork and place the molds in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

For the filling:
– Peel the apples and cut them into strips.
– Arrange them in tight rosettes on the dough. If you prefer, you can make them melt by cooking them quickly in a pan with a tablespoon of water and some sugar.
– Finish by sprinkling granulated sugar.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 ° C, thermostat 6-7.

It’s time to get cooking. In your hot oven, bake your pies for 15 to 25 minutes until they turn to a nice blond color. If the top browns too quickly while baking, cover with an aluminum foil.

In forty-five short minutes in total, you will have delicious tartlets, as golden and crispy as Delices and Gourmandises’. Whether eaten hot or cold, they are ideal for dessert or to accompany a cup of tea.

Eveything you need to know about “langues de chat” presented by Delices and Gourmandises

“Langues de chat” are great for snack and dessert. They are even better if paired with soft drinks or some tea. Here is a brief explanation of how to prepare and enjoy this special kind of pastry that is offered at Delices and Gourmandises.

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“Langues de chat” presented to you by Delices and Gourmandises

This pastry got its name from the fact that it reminds you of a cat’s tongue due to its thin design and curved edges. It is great when paired with coffee or ice cream. It can also be enjoyed with sparkling wines or particular liquor. These cookies can last for days if properly preserved in a steel box. If you want a more original snack, “langues de chat” can be used to prepare a charlotte cake.

Vanilla is the most used aroma to prepare “langues de chat”. However, if you want to try different flavors, Delices and Gourmandises propose you use orange, lemon, strawberry, or apricot. Coffee and chocolate are also well known aromas used to prepare “langues de chat”.

An easy to prepare recipe thanks to Delices and Gourmandises

Langues de chat” are really easy to prepare and the ingredients are not hard to find. All you need are flour, sugar, butter, and egg whites.

Furthermore, it does not take long to prepare this kind of cookie and you are guaranteed that your family will not resist the sight of the cookies coming out of the oven. For any reason, if you are unable to make your own “langues de chat”, you can always order at Delices and Gourmandises and we will deliver the cookies to you in a heartbeat.

Delices and Gourmandises’s all-butter palmier biscuit

Did you ever try Delices and Gourmandises’ all-butter palmier biscuits? If not, we strongly recommend you to order them anytime on our website for dessert or tea time, we will ensure door delivery with great pleasure. However, if you have unexpected guests, schedule might be very tight to get your parcel on time. The solution: bake them yourself following this very simple, but tasty recipe!

The secret of traditional all-butter palmier biscuit

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Like all Delices and Gourmandises’ pastries, its all-butter palmier biscuits are elaborated according to the traditional recipe and using exclusively fresh, healthy ingredients to delight your taste buds with no risk for your health or your weight! Just follow the instructions written by our confectioners and artisans.

2 ingredients are all that you need:
– Puff pastry completely defrosted
– Lots of granulated sugar

Preparation:
– Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar over your workstation.
– Roll out the puff pastry to about 15×12 inches.
– Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the sugar to evenly coat the surface of the dough.
– Starting at the long ends of the rectangle, gently roll each side inward until they meet in the middle.
– Let the dough chill in the fridge for 30 min at least.

– After the chilling, preheat oven to 400°F.
– Starting at one end, cut off pieces of the log, in slices about 1/2 inch in thickness.
– Press gently the two sides together to make sure that they don’t unroll during baking.
– Dip each side of each biscuit into sugar, shaking off the excess.
– Place the biscuits on a parchment paper lined sheet pan, at least 2 inches apart as they will increase size dramatically.
– Place the biscuits in hot oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
– Remove them from the baking sheet and serve them warm or let cool for 10 minutes.

It’s that easy to get these delicious all-butter palmier biscuits, as golden and crispy as Delices and Gourmandises’. To end a meal or with after dinner espresso, coffee or tea, these delightful soft pastries will treat both young and old.

The wines for aperitif presented by Délices & Gourmandises

The wines for aperitif are served during a cocktail for whetting the guests’ appetite. But you can also have some just at home with some appetizers when relaxing or with your family. Délices & Gourmandises proposes some great aperitif wines in its catalog.

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The aperitif wines are specific wines

The wines for aperitif are beverages made with wine, with wine must or fresh grape juice. However, fermentation process of the wine have been stopped some alcohol have been added to make it stonger. This operation is called Fortification and can be applied as well on white of red wines. The wines that are used to make aperitif are generally sweet or semi-sweet wines, especially those with more or less fruity aromas. Champagne or Cremant are also sometimes served for aperitif.

There are also some aperitif wines that should be considered: the fruit wines as those that are made with strawberries, peaches, raspberries, currants or rhubarb.

How to serve the aperitif wines?

Délices & Gourmandises recommends you to serve your aperitif wines at specific temperatures. Too hot or too cold, the tastes and the aromas can be spoiled. The white ones should be served fresh, between 6°C and 8°C and without ice. The red ones should be served at cellar temperatures, between 12°C and 15°C. The beverage is best presented in wine glasses or Porto glasses. And it is unnecessary to fill the glass, just 8 or 10 cl are enough.

appetizers-delices-gourmandisesDélices & Gourmandises presents a wide range of aperitif wines in its catalog. The Chardonnay Réserve Saint-Martin must be served very fresh for benefiting from its aromas. The Gewurztraminer Moulin de Dusenbach has a strong coarsed and rich taste. You can also choose the aperitif made of peaches and apricots that you can serve as-is or with some sparkling water.

Chocolate liquors are sweets available at Delices and Gourmandises

Chocolate liquors literally melt in your mouth when you eat them. That makes this fruit flavored candy proposed by Delices and Gourmandises one of the most appreciated sweets in the world.

The origin of chocolate liquors

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It is believed that the Belgian Praline is at the origin of chocolate liquors. Belgians started specializing in making chocolates filled with cream, liquor, and caramel when chocolates became famous. Nowadays, almost every major chocolate producing company has its own version of liquor flavored chocolate candy. Consequently, numerous shapes and designs exist. Some of the candies even have the shape of the fruit from which the alcohol was extracted.

They usually have, inside and outside, relatively thin layers of milk flavored dark chocolate. The color is rarely white and the sides are covered with granulated sugar. They contain a small amount of fruit alcohol and they are available in different flavors. Those flavors could be exotic fruits like pineapple, papaya, and mango, or common fruits such as: berry, peach, and orange. Other brand may contain more refined alcohol like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.

How to enjoy your chocolate liquors?

chocolate-liquors-delices-gourmandisesChocolate liquors from Delices and Gourmandises can be enjoyed at any time of the day: whether you are watching movies, having tea time, or reading a nice book…etc. They could be also served to your guests at parties you are organizing. Since this kind of chocolate contains alcohol, it is important that you do not serve it to kids. In addition, adults should consume it moderately. Also, it is important that you keep it in a cool place and inside a sealed container if you want to be able to keep it much longer.

Make your own almond-milk chocolate bar with Délices & Gourmandises

A milk-almond mix is one of the best ways to appreciate the taste of chocolate. Délices & Gourmandises offers you the possibility of making your own bars home with this recipe.

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The origin of chocolate and chocolate bars

The first chocolate beverages were served in Honduras about 4000 years ago and cocoa beans have been used as money for ages in Central America. The first European person to taste it was Hernan Cortez to whom the Aztecs served a red bitter and spicy beverage when they took him for their god Quetzalcoatl, in 1519. Chocolate was introduced in Europe (in Spain) in 1528 and was always served as a hot beverage until the middle of the 19th century.

The first chocolate bar was created by Berwaerts in 1849. The recipes have been modified over time and many ingredients have been added to vary the taste of the bars as almonds, nuts, truffles, milk, crisped rice, hazelnuts or candied fruits.

Délices et Gourmandises presents you its milk-almond chocolate bar

You will need:

– 60 gr sugar
– 25 gr powdered milk
– 40 gr cocoa butter
– 200 gr cocoa mass
– 60 gr ground almonds
– Vanilla extract

An emulsifier can be used as sunflower lecithin. That will help the mixture to be perfectly homogeneous.

Put all the ingredients in a pan and let cook at mild heat. Don’t stop stirring until the mixture become homogeneous. Pour the mixture into a mold and let chill in the fridge.

You can also opt for a very simple recipe. Just buy a milk chocolate bar and almond (powdered or chopped). You will just have to let the chocolate melt in a pan at mild heat or in bain-marie in a bowl and pour the mixture in a mold. For varying the presentation, you can use many little molds of different forms. Once the molds filled, put them into the fridge to chill the chocolate and congeal it.

Brownies recipe by Délices & Gourmandises

Here is an easy to follow brownie recipe proposed by Délices & Gourmandises if you would like to please your loved ones during relax time. This tasty pastry loved by kids only takes 5 minutes to prepare.

A chocolate cake invented in the XIX° century

Brownie was invented in 1893 by a Chicago restaurant chef. It has since then become a very popular pastry in the US and Canada. The traditional recipe contains walnut pieces but it is still possible to prepare a good brownie without walnuts.

4 people serving ingredients

delices-gourmandises-brownies• 100 gr (1 cup) unbleached flour (if possible)
• 150 gr (2/3 cup) dark baking chocolate
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 150 gr (2/3 cup) butter
• 2 pinches salt
• 100 gr (1 cup) walnuts

How to prepare a Brownie?

• Preheat oven to 180°C (380°F)
• Chop the dark baking chocolate
• Butter and line the bottom of a square cake pan with a baking paper
• Melt the dark baking chocolate pieces and the butter in a double boiler
• In the meantime, beat the eggs, the sugar, the brown sugar, and the salt in a bowl. When the mixture is smooth, pour the warm chocolate cream into it.
• Add chopped walnuts and flour into the mixture and make sure to stir it well with a spatula.
• Pour the mixture in the cake pan and put it in the oven for 25 minutes
• Use a thin bladed knife to check your cooking. Stop when you see clumps forming on the blade.
• Let it cool and unmold gently before cutting the cake into multiple square pieces

This kind of pastry can be served with fruity taste loukoums (banana, orange, lemon, strawberry…) and treats as well as candies that can be ordered through Délices & Gourmandises.

Bake an exquisite orange cake with Délices & Gourmandises

cake_a_lorangeNothing smells tastier than a nice cake that gently bakes inside the oven. You can also have your guests this delightful pastry by following an easy to make cake recipe.

Délices & Gourmandises’ tasty cake recipe

Ingredients for 4-5 gourmands:
– 250 gr of sifted flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 1 big very ripe orange
– 3 eggs
– About 16 ml of milk (2 tbsp.).
– 100 gr of butter
– 80 gr of sugar

Preparation

Beat eggs and sugar with a whisk in a bowl until you get a homogeneous and quite firm mixture. Melt the butter over low heat and let cool then add to the previous mixture.

Add flour and baking powder and continue beating until the dough is smooth.

Collect the orange zest then press it to get the juice.

Blanch the orange zest in boiling water, then dry and add to the dough. No needs to put all of it, few grams are more than enough.

Preheat oven to thermostat 6 or 7 (about 180°C to 190°C).

Once the oven is hot, butter a loaf pan and pour the batter into it. Place in oven and cook for 15-20 min.

The cake is cooked when a knife put into it comes out clean.

While the cake is cooking, prepare syrup. Take the orange juice and add sugar to your convenience and let the mixture reduce over low heat. The syrup has to thicken while remaining quite liquid.

Once the cake is baked, let it cool then gently pour the syrup over the top and let the cake absorb it for about twenty minutes.

Tips from Délices & Gourmandises’ pastry chefs

A common mistake of beginners is making dough too liquid. The perfect cake dough has a firm texture; it should not pour easily into the mold, but requires to be pushed through a spatula.