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Friday, October 14, 2016

Try the best strawberry liqueur recipe by Delices and Gourmandises

To be enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif, Delices and Gourmandises wild strawberry liqueur is a sweet and fragrant brew that will appeal all red fruits-based drinks. Here’s a very simple recipe for a delicious homemade liqueur.

Ingredients :

Preparing Delices and Gourmandises wild strawberry is very easy. You only need :

- 500g of wild strawberries
- 1l of 40° brandy or white rum
- 500g of powdered sugar + 20 cl water or sugar cane syrup

If you have the opportunity, go for freshly picked fruits and preferably from organic culture.

How to prepare the liqueur?

It won’t take you long to prepare your wild strawberry liqueur following Delices and Gourmandises recipe but maceration period is a bit longer. However, you won’t regret being patient. Wash carefully yet quickly the strawberries under a under a drizzle of cold water then stalks them. Let them dry on paper towel before putting them in a jar. Pour the brandy or rum over the strawberries and tightly close the jar. Let the fruits macerate in alcohol for a whole month.

Once this is done, filter the juice from the preparation. Make a syrup with the sugar and water. Let cool before adding it to the alcoholic juice. If you used cane sugar syrup, add it slowly to get a pretty sweet mixture to your liking.

Keep your beverage in tightly-sealed jar and just like any alcoholic beverage, enjoy it in moderation.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Try this simple recipe of quince liquor from Delices and Gourmandises

Surprise your guests with irresistible quince liquor: thanks to this recipe from Delices and Gourmandises, its preparation becomes child's play.

Experience a unique taste with Delices and Gourmandises

Quince is an autumn fruit that is usually eaten cooked. You can turn it into in compotes, jelly and jam, or use it as a vegetable in some dishes. The quince tree has been cultivated for about 4,000 years. From Persia - now Iran - the quince was already known by ancient Greeks as the "Cydon apple" or "Cydonia pear", with reference to a Cretan region. The Romans also used it in perfumery.

Delices and Gourmandises offers you to enjoy the unique taste and fragrance of a delicious drink made with quince. It will delight your guests as an aperitif or after a good meal shared with family or friends in an easy-going atmosphere.

Realize your quince liquor with Delights and Delicacies

Here’s your little shopping list for a liter of quince liquor:

- 1 l of fruit alcohol
- 1 kg of quince that have a fragrant smell
- 350 g of sugar
- 2 oranges
- 1 star anise

Very easy to make, quince liquor is accessible even to beginners.

First, prepare the fruits. To remove their fuzz, dip them in water, rub gently with a sponge and dry. Then cut them into pieces. Also wash and cut the two oranges into slices.

You are now ready to prepare the liquor following 3 steps.

1) Pour alcohol fruit in large bowl for maceration.
2) Add the quinces and oranges.
3) Stir in anise and sugar.

And now, voila! All you have to do is let the drink marinate for six weeks. Remember to shake from time to time. After the maceration period, strain and pour into a bottle. Your quince liquor prepare the Delices and Gourmandises way is ready for tasting.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pair your ice cream with delicious pastries from Delices and Gourmandises

Ice creams are great dessert and tea time delicacy. Here are some secrets and ideas proposed by Delices and Gourmandises for you to make your snack more original.

A matter of taste

Ice creams are generally really sweet. You can pair them with multiple kinds of pastries or other delicacies to enhance the taste even more. Given the fact that all the ingredients taste amazing, it would be hard to distinguish all the different kinds of flavors you are having.

In order to spice up the flavors of ice cream that are known to have a smooth taste such as vanilla, milk chocolate, and banana, it is better to use acidic product to pair with them. Red fruits coulis are the best flavor enhancers. It is even better if you use slightly salted or caramel flavored products.

In another hand, ice cream with strong flavors such as pistachio, chocolate sorbets, and green lemons pair better with smooth cream in order to alleviate the flavor. In sum, it is all about pairing contrasts.

And of texture

Always in the domain of contrast, but this time concerning texture, Delices and Gourmandises proposes you to always pair ice cream with dry biscuits. Their crispy textures combine perfectly well with the soft property of ice creams.

There is a reason why ice creams are always paired with crispy cat’s tongues. If you want to change a little bit you can also choose to use tuiles, butter biscuits, or other delicacies that you can order directly from Delices and Gourmandises.

Finally, you can always try to use dried fruits or other kinds of jams to complement your ice cream and to get other original taste.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Health benefits of red wines

According to Dita Von Tesse’s hairdresser, John Blaine, red wines are good for your hair. Here is how it works according to Delices and Gourmandises.

The benefits of red wines to a healthy hair growth

First of all, let it be clear to you all Bordeaux wine lovers out there that the secret is not about drinking a lot of red wine and waking up in the morning expecting to have a sudden positive change in the quality of your hair. As a matter of fact, the key is not drinking wine but apply it on your hair.

Wine contains polyphenols which are known for their natural antioxidant property. That is the reason why John Blaine is using wine for the conception of Vine de la Vie.

Polyphenols are molecules with high content in vitamin E, omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 which are necessary elements for a healthy hair growth. They are also great for preventing hair loss.

Try this red wine traditional recipe on your hair

Shampoos and red wines are used to revive and repair your hair. They, therefore, play an important role in curing dry and damaged hair. The variety proposed by John Blaine which comes with a shampoo, a hair gel, and a conditioner is, however, quite expensive since each product costs around 30 to 45 euros. Fortunately, there are traditional recipes you can easily find on the internet and use to get the most out of wine. All you have to do for now is order a fine bottle of wine at Delices and Gourmandises.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tasteful homemade raspberry wine with Delices and Gourmandises

Surprise your guests with this raspberry wine recommended by Delices and Gourmandises! Its subtle fruit flavor will for sure delight everyone.

Try this easy-to-make recipe

The secret of perfect raspberries wine lies in the choice of a quality wine and freshest raspberries. To get a little more than 1 liter, you will need:

- 400 g to 500 g of raspberry

- 1 liter of red wine (you can also choose a rosé)

- 400 g of sugar

- 1 small glass of marc spirit

- Wash the raspberries and drain them thoroughly. Meanwhile, mix the sugar, wine and brandy.

- Add the raspberries to the liquid mixture and let marinate for 5 days, away from sun. Once done, all that remains is to strain while crushing the raspberries with a spoon to get as much juice as possible and pour it into glass bottles.

- To avoid any risk of contamination with mould, Delices and Gourmandises recommends to sterilize the bottles prior to using them. To do this, simply dip them in a pan filled with cold water and bring it to a boil for a minimum of three minutes. Then just let the bottles dry and cool.

Tasting advice tips from Delices and Gourmandises

Easy to drink and delightfully refreshing, this raspberries wine is great for aperitif before a summer lunch or for parties with friends. It also goes very well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It keeps in the fridge for up to 15 days.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Try this delicious blueberry liqueur selected by Delices and Gourmandises

Some regional liqueurs and brandies are best purchased in shops or directly from producers. Things are different when it comes to blueberry liqueur as you can prepare it yourself and personalize it according to your tastes, thank to this delightful recipe from Delices and Gourmandises.

Delices and Gourmandises recipe

For homemade blueberry liqueur, you will need:
- 1 liter of brandy
- 500 g of blueberries (or a bit more if you want to slightly soften its taste)
- 350 g of sugar
- 25 cl of spring water
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 vanilla pod (both optional)
- The juice of a small lemon

... and a lot of patience, but this delicious beverage is totally worth the wait.

The preparation could not be simpler: wash the blueberries and drain thoroughly before mixing with the other ingredients. It is better to dissolve the sugar in alcohol and water before mixing. Marinate in a bottle away from the sun for 4 to 6 weeks.

The liquor should have taken a beautiful pinkish color slightly purple by then. It is now time to strain. To remove as much particles as possible, you can also use a coffee filter.

You can enjoy it right away, but Delices and Gourmandises experts recommend to keep it in your cellar for at least a month before serving.

Tips to taste and bring out the flavour of your liquor

This deliciously scented liqueur is usually drunk as it is, without water or ice, and is a great digestive after a family lunch. It perfectly accompanies a chocolate dessert such as brownies or a black forest cake and a scoop of ice cream.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Try Delices and Gourmandises delightful chocolate pretzel recipe

Among the pastries and confectioneries available on Delices and Gourmandises website, the chocolate pretzels are one of the best-sellers. If you want to make them on your own at home, follow this quick, easy and tasty recipe.

Delices and Gourmandises reveals chocolate pretzels recipe

For 8 people, you need:

- 275gr of flour
- 120gr of butter
- 60gr of powdered sugar
- 100gr of cocoa powder
- 1 egg

For the icing:

- 175gr of icing sugar
- 250gr of plain chocolate
- 25gr of butter

Preparation Instructions

- Preheat oven to 190°C (thermostat 6/7)
- Butter a baking tray.
- In a bowl, work the butter with an electric mixer with the sugar until the mixture whitens.
- Add the beaten egg.
- Slightly dilute cocoa and add it to the butter-sugar mixture.
- Gradually add the flour, beating well until smooth and blended.
- Place the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- With dough pieces, form sticks of 10 cm long and 6 mm thick.
- Wax them up to take pretzels shape: first form a circle then return the two halves into one another.
- Place the pretzels on the baking tray, leaving enough space for them to swell during cooking.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Let pretzels cool completely on rack.
- In a bowl, break chocolate into pieces and melt it in a water bath.
- Then also melt the butter and mix it with the chocolate and icing sugar, stirring well.
- Dip each pretzel into the preparation, dropping the surplus in the bowl. Let dry on a sheet of baking paper. To end, sprinkle with some icing sugar.

Order your chocolate pretzels from Delices and Gourmandises

At any time of the day, you can enjoy these light and delicious chocolate pretzels. And to avoid being short of small pastries, please browse Delices and Gourmandises catalog, choose all your favorites and get your order door-delivered within few days!