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.
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.
Délices & 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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
• 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.
Nothing 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
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.
The Merlot is the most cultivated grape variety in France.It is used for the making of many wines in the Bordelais wineries and gives to some of the selected wines of Delices and Gourmandises their roundness.
The Merlot is included in all the Bordeaux wines of Delices and Gourmandises
The Merlot is a wine grape (a variety of grape used for making wines) which is traditionally and widely used in the Bordelais wine area.But it rapidly becomes popular in the south-west and in Languedoc-Roussillon.It also can be found in Italia, in Switzerland, in Chile and also in California.About 115 000 ha of Merlot is growing in France.This grape variety loves soils that are rich in limestone and needs a regular watering, mostly natural watering.The temperate climates with dry days at the end of summer help it to ripen quietly under the sun.
The Merlot grape variety is very often combined with Cabernet-Sauvignon to which it brings roundness.The Pomerol Pétrus is the most expensive varietal wine produced with the Merlot.Its success in France, come from its ability to make a nearly perfect red wine, meaty with supple tannins and fruity taste.Its red and black berries aromas give it a wide variety of taste and aromas. Delices and Gourmandises could not miss it and offers a wide range of wines made with it.
The Merlot, widely present in Delices and Gourmandises wine catalog
Delices and Gourmandises offers many Bordeaux wines made partly with Merlot: Château Tuilerie Pages, Château Grand Jean, Château Haut Gravelier, Château le Vinata, Château Fontana, X de Belliard.The Red and Rosé Buzet is also wines that contain this grape variety.For those who wants to taste a varietal wine, Delices and Gourmandises proposes them an only Merlot made wine, Les Estampilles, that will perfectly accompany the cold buffets.
Delices and Gourmandises store aims to treat your taste buds with is wide choice of sweets, chocolates and candies. You will find everything that pleases you, in addition to the fact that all the products offered are made by the best workers with premium ingredients and according to original recipes.
Gourmet products to be enjoyed on any occasion
The selection of sweets offered by Delices and Gourmandises website includes specialties of yesteryear as well as new products. It’s the perfect way to rediscover the authentic and unforgettable taste of traditional pastries and sweets, to mention only the soft caramels, apple tartlets and rum babas. To please both young and old, the store regularly enriches its range of products with sweet with unreleased aromas and flavors: the coconut stars and minicakes with brown sugar will surely conquer you.
Chocolate has a special place in the Delices and Gourmandises catalog. This store indeed offers a wide variety of Belgian chocolates for the delight of gourmets, from appetizers with liquid heart deliciously flavored with brandy or cherry liqueur to thin mint tablets, through the orangettes and praline chocolates. Give these luxury chocolates as a gift and you will with no doubt make your family and friends happy.
A quality service to meet your requirements
To order your chocolates and candies, no need to go far away, the process can be completed online on Delices and Gourmandises’ website. All you have to do is pay your purchase by credit card and your package will be delivered to your place within a week. If however you’d pay by check, you can send your order by mail to the store along with the check.
Promotions are regularly offered by the site to allow customers save money while enjoying their favorite sweets. And do not forget the prizes rewarding the most loyal customers. Please feel free to read the testimonials posted on the platform to know more about this.
With this red Bordeaux wine, Delices and Gourmandises proposes a lively wine that can be kept for many years in the cellar.
A red wine from Delices and Gourmandises that must be kept for a while before tasting it
The Château Tuilerie Pagès is a vineyard located in the Bordeaux area. This newcomer in the Delices and Gourmandises cellar is made with a classic mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The soil of the vineyard is a mix of clay and limestone that gives the grapes the specific taste and aromas for an authentic Bordeaux wine.
The Bordeaux wines are the most popular wine in the world. They can be easily tasted. Some of the vintage wines, especially those that are from the Medoc area, are made by prestigious vineyards whose fame has gone around the world.
Made according to the traditional methods, the Château Tuilerie Pagès is an agreeable supple and fruity wine. Bottled at the vineyard, this wine a wine to keep that you can store in your cellar for 5 or 8 years. The best recommended temperature is between 10 and 16°C; that will help the wine to grow in suppleness and to refine its bouquet.
Serve the Château Tuilerie Pagès at a temperature between 16 and 18°C.
How to taste this wine selected by Delices and Gourmandises?
As all the Bordeaux wines, the Château Tuilierie Pagès selected by Delices and Gourmandises is perfect for accompanying dishes made of or that contains red meat. Flanks with shallots, roasted lamb, grilled prime ribs are recommended to entirely benefit from the aromas and the delicate taste of this wine.
You can also serve it with duck meat (with vanilla) or turkey. And as French wine always goes well with cheese, Camemberts, Brie and Roquefort are perfect with a glass of Château Tuilerie Pagès.
Orangettes are prepared with chocolate iced candied oranges peel. These easy-to-make treats are appreciated by both kids and adults. Find out the origins and characteristics of this preparation to the delight your beloved ones during the holidays.
A brief history of orangettes
Egyptians were “precursors” in terms of the preparation and consumption of candied fruit. They were used to this particular method for fruits preservation, a practice that would later be popularized in Europe from the fifteenth century. Orangettes “drift” from this preservation process. It would have been created in 1978 by Guillaume de Montgolfier.
The original recipe, which remains the most popular, is to candy orange and coat them with black, creamy chocolate. Other variants appeared later: the citronnette (lemon peel base) and pamplemoussette (grapefruit peel base). Some confectioners also replace dark chocolate with milk chocolate or white chocolate.
Preparing orangettes with Delices and Gourmandises: list of ingredients
To prepare about fifty orangettes, you need three large oranges. It is recommended to choose untreated varieties with thicker skin. Take 250 g of sugar and 300 grams of dark chocolate. To get perfect orangettes, you also need greaseproof paper and a dipping fork.
It is advisable to peel the oranges into quarters, leaving a minimum of white flesh on the skin so that the sticks are not too fine. The slats should ideally measure about 0.5 cm width so that they do not break at the time of the icing.
Delices and Gourmandises: When and how to serve orangettes?
Arranged on beautiful plates with desserts or other treats, orangettes are perfect to celebrate special events such as engagements, weddings or Christmas parties. If you want to taste orangettes, go discover the products available in Delices and Gourmandises’s catalog and benefit from special discounts. Online offered chocolate assortments will also allow you serve delicious desserts to your guests.
Royal jelly is the is the creamy substance produced by young nurse worker bees to be used as the sole food of the queen, queen larvae and other young larvae of the colony – following a well-defined hierarchy. Also known as the bees’ milk, it has a whitish color and a gelatinous texture. As it is secreted in smaller quantities than honey, it’s rare and expensive. It is one of the health and wellness products offered by Delices and Gourmandises.
Discover the many nutritional intakes of royal jelly with Delices and Gourmandises
Very rich in carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids, royal jelly is an important source of nutrients for our body. Several varieties of vitamins can also be found in it, as well as a high level of vitamin B5. To end with, it contains many trace elements, amino acids and other minerals that keep our body in balance.
Delices and Gourmandises : The virtues of royal jelly
All the nutrients in royal jelly play an important role in strengthening the immune and nervous system in addition to being a powerful antioxidant to fight against cellular aging. Moreover, as a natural tonic and stimulant, royal jelly helps you quickly recover your energy and is particularly recommended to fight against depression or overwork states.
To the extent that this product helps you to relax, it improves the quality of your sleep and hence can be used to reduce stress and insomnia. Lastly, royal jelly also helps boost libido and treat cases of impotence or frigidity. A regular intake therefore helps to reduce at the same time physical fatigue and psychological effects of stress. To help you in your treatment, Delices and Gourmandises even offers a special spoon to ease the measurement of your daily dosage of royal jelly.