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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.

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“I won € 7,500” Marie shares her joy and talks about her experience

On Sundays afternoons, we use to receive our children, grandchildren and some friends to share good moments: playing chess or watching new movies.

To help creating a friendly atmosphere, we serve varieties of sweets to our guests, for the pleasure of both young and adults. My wife buys them on Delices and Gourmandises’ webstore. She orders them a few days before, so that we always have enough stock of sweets.

One day, we got à very nice surprise: we won € 7,500 from our favorite candy shop. This check was a rewarding for our loyalty. This amount allowed us to realize our dream of travelling in Tuscany.

Sweets for everyone and every taste

It has been a few years that we buy varieties of sweets from Delices and Gourmandises webstore. Since then, we were always satisfied. Each of us has his favorites.

For my sake, I’m fool of their delicacies and exquisite pastries: coconut crowns, lemon shortbread, millefeuille with cream, apple tartlets… they are simply delicious and delight my taste buds every time. To my wife, she is fond of the exceptional range of chocolate that Delices and Gourmandises sells (cherries in eau-de-vie, fine mint tablets and coconut rocks or fruit jellies, fudge and almonds nougat…). In addition, all the products available on this online store are totally healthy. Even the weight watchers are allowed to consume them without worry. Of course, there are still plenty of delicacies you can choose from. For our pleasure, we always try various products when we send an order.

A reward for our loyalty

Delices and Gourmandises organizes regularly prize draws that reward their loyal customers. I never thought that I could be participating on them, and less more that I could be the winner. Yet, it was the case. We won the lottery, and got a check for € 7,500.
We spent this money on a trip in Tuscany: we’ve been dreaming of it for years. I’m still thanking Delices and Gourmandises for its delicious sweets and his gift.

Enjoy Delices and Gourmandises’s dietary pralines

Have you ever tasted dietary pralines sold by Delices and Gourmandises ? If yes, you know how hard it is to do without it ! So when you have no more left and can’t wait for your next order to be delivered from your favorite online sweets store, here’s the recipe that will help you prepare these exquisite delicacies by your own.

Enjoy the dietary pralines’ authentic taste

Just like all products available on Delices and Gourmandises’s website, its dietary pralines are prepared using fresh and healthy ingredients and following the traditional recipe, to give them their authentic taste.

To prepare your chocolates, you will need :fondant-au-chocolat-et-praline_2

– For molding: 400 grams of each type of chocolate (white, dark, milk)
– For the filling: 125gr butter, 125gr fondant, 125 gr hazelnut or praline paste

Preparing chocolate for molding :
– Melt separately the three types of chocolate in a bain-marie (maximum 45 ° in order not to change the taste) and let same cool for a while.

Preparing the filling :
– Mix all ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture.

Making the praline :
– Line the bottom and sides of the praline molds with a thick, even layer. Then put it in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to harden the shells. If necessary, add another layer and refrigerate again.
– Using a pastry bag, stuff each shell with the filling, ensuring to let 2mm free to close it and prevent it from breaking during the removal.
– Close the shell with a layer of chocolate and carefully smooth the surface.
– Put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but if you’re not in a hurry, overnight is ideal for easy removal.

It’s that simple to get delicious dietary pralines! And if you’ve missed (everyone cannot be expert at cooking, unfortunately!), Delices and Gourmandises’s team will be most happy to receive your orders!

These delicious Belgian chocolates, flavored with Cointreau, mocha, praline or Amaretto, are sugar free. So you can enjoy them without complex!

Delices Gourmandises offers a wide variety of traditional sweets and pastries

Delices Gourmandises online store welcomes you with its wide selection of chocolates, candies and pastries. Working with the best French artisans, the team aims to make you explore the fine regional gastronomic products and make your breakfast and tea or coffee time smile!

Delices Gourmandises irresistible sweets and pastries

You have an amazing choice among the various irresistible sweets that Delices Gourmandises offers you. Just close our eyes and imagine some coconut rocks, assorted dried fruits (prunes, peaches, pears, apricots and apples).

delicesgourmandises-sweets-dessert-pastryAlso, its great traditional pastries are baked using the authentic recipe, which plainly reveals the old flavors of the wholesome ingredients and naturally grown fruit. Pound cake, almond nougat, fondant apple cake, apple tartlets, the unavoidable “baba au rhum”, creamy millefeuille, lemon shortbread and many others will take yourself back to your childhood and its sweetest times.

On top of that, we did not forget chocolate lovers. To please them, the catalogue therefore contains an assortment of fine Belgian chocolates, world-renowned for their unique quality. For all occasions, taste its range of delicious luxury chocolates: cherries in eau-de-vie, cognac chocolate, pralines with coffee, caramel, filled with nuts or rum, thistles liqueur (Poire William, Grand Marnier, Marc de Savoie…)

Your order is delivered very quickly

To ensure your satisfaction, Delices Gourmandises store ensure home-delivery. All you have to do is make our choice on its website, submit your order online and pay by credit card or by check. This is 100 % safe and will allow you to get your parcel very quickly.

delicesgourmandises-pastryWithin a couple of days, your sweets and pastries will be in your mail box, safe and sound, with their texture, freshness and taste preserved, thanks to a high-quality transport packaging.

Gourmets and gourmands, at any time of the day, treat yourself with these savory products or share this truly enjoyable and unforgettable experience with your relatives and friends. There are so many reasons to try Delices Gourmandises’s little delicacies – and you’ll love everyone of them!

Get a healthy dose of protein from Delices Gourmandises Salmon recipe

Trout, grayling, whitefish and salmon… these are the kind of fish seafood gourmet would easily fall with.  Healthy and flavorful dish, Salmon is easy to prepare and widely available.  Here is the full recipe for Delices and Gourmandises Salmon with sorrel sauce, make your own delicious salmon.

Delices Gourmandises Ingredients

salmon-with-sorrel-delicesgourmandises½ cup pecan halves
1  ½ teaspoons dried basil
1  ½ teaspoons dried tarragon
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
24 ounces salmon fillets (4 6-ounce fillets)
1 cup packed chopped fresh sorrel
¼ cup white wine
1 ½ teaspoons minced shallot
1 cup heavy cream
¼ finely ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a food processor, pulse pecans, tarragon and basil. Blend in butter and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before using.
3. Mist a large baking sheet with olive oil spray. Place salmon on sheet. Spoon equal amount of nut mixture over top of each fillet. Bake 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
For Sauce :
1. In a small saucepan, combine sorrel, wine and shallot. Cook until wine is reduced by half ( for 3 minutes)
2. Add cream, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cook 10 minutes until reduced to sauce consistency.
3. Transfer to blender until fairly smooth. Return to saucepan on low heat.
4. To serve, lap sauce over each fillet.

Delices Gourmandises Chocolate Cake

Usually made with chocolate, chocolate cake remains one of the mostly eaten cakes of today with different shapes and sizes. For birthdays or any celebrations, Delices & Gourmandises chocolate cake is a real delight and is available from now on. For those who want to learn how to make the best chocolate cake ever, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Don’t forget the chocolate frosting step and good luck!

All the ingredients you need for Delices Gourmandises chocolate cake

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¾ cups cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
2 extra-large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two-9inch cake pans (butter and flour the pans).
2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix at a low speed with a paddle attachment until combined well.
3. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed. Reduce speed and add the coffee scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes (You can use either a toothpick or a cake tester to check if the cake is done or not)
5. When the cake is properly done, remove from the oven and cool completely for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting ingredients

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2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup milk
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup cocoa powder
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

1. Cream the butter in a large bowl until smooth.
2. Sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. Alternately add milk, beating to spread consistency. Blend the mixture alternately with the cream.
3. Stir in Vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. (To reach the desired consistency, you can add more cream)

 

Delices Gourmandises : Best kept secret

To clear my conscious, I am admitting openly that I took full credit for your waffles stuffed with brown sugar and the pearl sugar mini cakes at the youth center picnic this last summer. I was so completely caught off guard when one of my neighbors came up to me asking for the recipe to my stuffed waffles that I didn’t know what else to do but stammer out a reference to “Mums family recipe.” In truth, the waffles stuffed with brown sugar were absolutely wonderful! I never expected that delivered waffles could be anything except crunchy and dry, while the waffles ordered from the Delices & Gourmandises catalogue are anything but! Soft, fluffy, buttery, and delicious, they taste like they came out of the oven in the morning and into the waiting hungry mouths of the crowd a few hours later. So I took the credit for them without expecting too and now am giving the credit back! Fantastic waffles!

Delices & Gourmandises Sugar Cakes and Cream puffs galore

gaufre-grosseilles-confiture-sauce-delices-gourmandisesWaffles weren’t the only items I ordered. I also ventured to try the pearl sugar mini cakes and the cream puffs. Not only were they both better than my own, they also matched the local bakery in flavor and in appearance. The pictures in your catalog do not do these items justice. The mini cakes were light and fluffy, with a wonderful cake flavor, and the sugar crystals add not only an extra sweetness but a delightful crunch to each moist bite! But the cake was never too sweet and the sugar not overwhelming! And the cream puffs? Delices & Gourmandises has hit it straight on when they added this to their inventory. The crunchy puff pastry shell is a perfect match for the luscious and creamy custard filling. And the dusting of powdered sugar on top only adds to the perfection!

Never before, but again and again

I have to admit I was incredibly skeptical before placing this first order to try the Delices & Gourmandises product line, but I am definitely a reformed believer after this first success. I look forward to trying the other delicious looking pastries in the future!

Delices & Gourmandises Cassoulet

The history of the famous dish known as “Cassoulet” comes from the autonomous community of Spain “Catalonia” associated with the history of Languedoc. Catalonia is bordered by France to the north, the reason why Cassoulet, as a traditional dish, became popular in the south region of France, and obviously in Carcassone. Yet, it has been said that it is originated from Arabs cuisine since beans were first introduced as Arabic products in Spain.

Delices & Gourmandises selection of French dishes

delices gourmandises cassouletThe word “Cassoulet” derived from the Old Provencal cassa or cassolo, meaning pan or casserole in French, is a French stew made with meat typically pork, goose, duck and beans. Almost British people enjoy Cassoulet and the most appreciated recipe for it remains the one with Duck Confit. If you make researches you will probably find thousands of recipes; however for those who do not want to spend hours in the kitchen, Delices & Gourmandises offer large selection of French dishes meticulously cooked respecting traditional and regional recipes.

Beef bourguignon, rabbit stew with prunes as well as Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Delices & Gourmandises offer high-quality ready-to-eat meals prepares strictly respecting hygiene and security standards. Best serve for dinner or during weekend with family, Delices & Gourmandises flavorful meals are ready to be savored and will allow you to do a real gastronomic Tour de France. Don’t wait for another day to send your order!

Delices & Gourmandises pastries for French culinary lovers

A quick view at French pastries

Pastries have been implemented in France thanks to the introduction of sugar in the European cookery. Thus, people became familiar with short crust, flaky, puff and choux pastries. Most of people enjoy “home-made” pastries and it is up to everyone to get quick and easy recipes and make the pastry of their choices.

Delices & Gourmandises pastries

petits-gateaux-délices gourmandisesFor those who do not know much about baking or pastry cooking, Delices & Gourmandises offer wide range of confectionary products such as mini roll cakes, cream puffs, fruitcakes, apple fondants, butter cakes and many other pastries made from authentic recipes. As a dessert, with coffee or during teatime, French pastries are still and yet remain the most appreciated pastries in the United Kingdom. Nothing could be more British than afternoon tea in London.

There are famous and well-known school who teach classic French culinary and pastry in the country but Delices & Gourmandises give great opportunity for beginners, also for those who dream to taste sweet and high quality of confectionary products of all kinds. We have nice catalog and our customer can, of course, order products they saw in the catalog. We adopted this process so that our customers feel free to choose the product of their conveniences depending on their preferences.

Customers in the United Kingdom are given great importance and are lucky enough since our firm is situated in France, but this does not prevent us from offering them the pleasure of quietly enjoying French pastries in the comfort of their home without having to move.
If you want to enjoy the sweet and fine taste of our confectionary products, it is not too late to order your favorite French pastries at Delices & Gourmandises.