We specialize in special mail-order gourmet products!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The caramel waffle, a suggestion from Delices and Gourmandises

Want a sweet yet light pastry? Caramel waffle will amaze you with its very light dough and the wide variety of ways it can be enjoyed. Experience something new! Delices and Gourmandises offers you an easy-to-follow recipe using caramel.

Delices and Gourmandises tells all you want to know about waffle

Coming from the Latin "gafrum", which means honeycomb, waffle owes its design to a twelfth century blacksmith who invented a very particular iron that draws honeycombs on the dough. From the original recipe, very simliar the hosts’ (flour and water) to the eighteenth century waffle when eggs and milk were added, this pastry became a tradition in Belgium.

However, it can have différent shapes depending on its origin. For example, you may be surprise to learn that in Liège, waffle is small and rounded with 24 holes, while the Brussels version is rectangular and bigger, with only 20 holes.

The recipe of the caramel waffle by Delices and Gourmandises

To prepare twenty waffles, the ingredients are simple: 500gr of flour, half a liter of milk, 3 eggs, 100gr of butter, 50gr of sugar and some yeast.

Mix the flour, egg yolks, melted butter and yeast in a bowl. Add the cooled milk, and if you like it, a drop of hazelnut liquor or rum.

Thoroughly whisk the eggs to snow with a pinch of salt until stiff and gently fold into the dough.

Let stand 30 minutes and prepare the caramel: heat the sugar in 12,5cl of water. As the caramel starts to colour, lower the heat and gently add 25cl of cold water.

Oil the plate of the waffle iron and pour the dough into it. Three minutes should be enough to bake a waffle on both sides. Serve piping hot, generously coated with caramel.

We invite you to take some time to browse Delices and Gourmandises online catalog. Among other delicacies, you will find a soft and tasty version of the caramel waffle. All you have to before letting it delight your taste buds : a quick warming up!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Taste homemade "congolais" or coconut rocks with the Delices and Gourmandises

You have some egg whites in your fridge ? Delices and Gourmandises has a nice idea to use them : prepare some « congolais » or coconut rocks.

Congolais or coconut rocks: what's the difference?

These two names can be used for this little treat made with egg whites, sugar and coconut powder. The name "congolais" comes from Congo, but in the West Indies, it is called "Rocher coco" (coconut rock). The recipe however remains exactly the same. This pastry is very easy and quick to make. Just one egg white, half a teaspoon of butter, 60 gr of sugar and the same amount of grated coconut are enough to bake a dozen.

The preparation does not take more than 5 minutes, and the cooking does not exceed twenty minutes. All you have to do is beat the egg whites with melted butter and sugar. Once the mixture gets foamy, add the coconut powder and stir well to obtain a paste. Next step is to make small cones, the "congolais" very specific shape, on a baking sheet. All that remains for you now is to bake them at 175° for about 20 minutes.

Delices and Gourmandises tasting tips

To vary the delights, you may customize the Congolese or the coco rock recipe for example by adding some lemon or cinnamon. These litlle cakes are ideal for kids snack time, and of course for the adults greedy pleasures. They can be enjoyed with tea, coffee or hot chocolate. This treat can also be served as an aperitif with a dry and full-bodied red wine. If you lack time to bake them yourself, there’s an easy and quick solution : order from Delices and Gourmandises website.