The Dello Mano Parisian Pilgrimage: Savoury Tarts and the Rose Bakery

Dello Mano is a small business family. We don’t take too many breaks but when we do,we make them worth the wait and we definitely plan our travel to eat — we plan every itinerary around renowned restaurants, buzzy bakeries, and sought-after street food we’d like to try. Our Paris jaunt was especially challenging to plan; with so many can’t-miss spots crammed into each square kilometer of the City of Light, it was tricky to narrow down a manageable number. There was one place I knew we couldn’t strike from the list: Rose Bakery, an English-inflected patisserie that has been a jewel in the boulangerie and cafe-studded crown of the Ninth Arrondissement since it was established in 2002. Since then, as we visited Paris,  the Rose Bakery had also opened a satellite store in Le Marais district – as it eventuated just a short skip from where we were staying.

ROSE BAKERY FRONTAGE

Rose Bakery – Paris

Rose Bakery – Paris

I’d been dreaming of paying a visit to Rose Bakery ever since I read founder Rose Carrarini’s Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Meals of Rose Bakery, which is just as much a memoir about the trials and tribulations of starting a restaurant as it is a cookbook. So much about Rose Bakery’s story resonates with Dello Mano. Both of our bakeries were founded by husband-and-wife teams who were motivated by a deep-set devotion to food, despite their lack of restaurant training in the strict sense. (The Carrarinis worked in the fashion industry before starting their first London restaurant; we worked for multinational food brands.) Furthermore, the Carrarinis had the bravery and foresight to open an English bakery in a city more interested in macarons than Victoria sponge, just as we started Dello Mano at a time when the Australian attitude towards brownies was indifferent at best. Despite all predictions to the contrary, Parisians went as crazy for Rose’s Eccles cakes as Australians went for our Luxury Brownies.  There is a kind of kindred spirit among all the people that follow their food dreams.

ROSE BAKERY INSIDE STORE PARIS

Inside Rose Bakery – Paris

There was one recipe in the cookbook that I was particularly drawn to: the quiches. According to the cookbook, quiches are husband Jean-Charles’ domain; he beats together a balanced blend of cream and egg, stirs in perfectly-paired ingredients like smoked salmon and dill or broccoli and leek, and bakes it all together in little square tart shells. The photographs in the cookbook looked impossibly gorgeous: geometrically flawless little squares, craggy with protruding fillings, the egg a shade of yellow so delicate you can almost taste the creaminess. We had been thinking about incorporating some savouries into our Dello Mano offerings, and Rose-inspired quiches seemed like a perfect choice. The trip to Rose Bakery would be research, then, and any amount of indulgence entirely justified.

When we arrived in Paris, as I mentioned earlier, we were charmed to find that Rose Bakery happened to be just one street over from our apartment. A real bonus given the apartment was one of the worst we’d ever booked! Bien and I have been booking apartments online for over 10 years – optimistic at heart, we’d always faired very well. Not on this occasion.  A third floor apartment, old dilapidated and the floor seriously on an angle that was close to 90 degrees as you left the door and moved inside! — Fate though was pulling us in the direction of those quiches. We made the bakery one of the first stops in our culinary itinerary. Though it was hard to look past the beckoning cakes and crumbles and — yes — brownies, we made a beeline for the quiches. They stood stacked like well-laid shortcrust bricks above the salad case, the top layer tilted to proudly display their savoury fillings. We ordered one of every attractive flavor and found a seat among the slim metal tables set up on the sidewalk. There, I wielded my fork and knife (utensils which admittedly elevate any pastry-eating experience), cut off a generous chunk, and took the first bite of the quiche of my dreams. I still haven’t forgotten that taste, and for years I have longed to enjoy it again.

QUICHE MUSHROOM IN PARIS

Mushroom Quiche at Rose Bakery- Paris

QUICHE ON COUNTER AT ROSE BAKERY PARIS

Rose Bakery Quiches stacked on display – Paris

French Tart at Dello Mano

The perfect opportunity to offer a delicious, delicate  quiche came in the form of our new  Dello Mano shop at New Farm. Our courtyard there in Merthyr Village  an evocative Parisian scene of French rattan bistro chairs shaded by fiddle-leaf fig trees, demanded a full brunch menu with both sweet and savoury offerings. Quiche was an obvious option. In the months leading up to the New Farm opening, we worked and reworked our quiche recipe until we hit upon a version that although not the same , evoked a beautiful reminisce of the day we visited Rose Bakery. As we developed the recipe, we found ourselves moving towards a more traditional, French-style savoury tart, and so we decided to call them that on the menu.

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Dello Mano French Tart or Quiche now available at both stores and also by order.

We now offer three varieties of French-style Savoury Tart at our New Farm and Tattersalls Arcade Dello Mano store  locations: Spring Vegetable ( gorgeous twists of shaved root vegetables), Mushroom with Truffle Oil & Thyme, and the classic, bacon-studded Quiche Lorraine. Enveloping these fillings is a beautiful, handmade shortcrust pastry, handled lightly for maximum tenderness. In keeping with the slow-food tenets we’ve followed since the beginning, we use all free-range eggs  delivered fresh from the farm to our door and local vegetables, which we have delivered straight from the market to our kitchen door. We bake our quiches into elongated rectangles, available sliced into individual servings ( dine in or take away)  or whole for a family-sized take-away. The whole quiches are also a great alternative to pizza for parties or other catered events.

Asparagus and Salmon French Tart

Dello Mano Asparagus French Tart – available by order.

We invite you to join us for brunch to try our French-style Savoury tarts, as well as our more traditionally Australian Savoury pies and sundry light bites. If you get a hold of the Carrarinis, tell them they’re invited, too.

Dello Mano Store Locations:

New Farm – Shop 4 83 Merthyr Rd. ( Merthyr Village Shopping ) New Farm  Tel: 3358 2801

Tattersalls Arcade Shop , Shop 8, Tattersalls Arcade, 215 Queen St. Mall Brisbane Tel: 3210 1168

Dello Mano Launches New High Tea

We at Dello Mano would like to invite you to our new series of in-store High Teas, the most tasteful outing we believe Brisbane has to offer 🙂 In the case that this has really excited you and you wish to read no more 🙂

BOOK HIGH TEA HERE for the TATTERSALLS ARCADE EXPERIENCE

BOOK HIGH TEA HERE  for the NEW FARM EXPERIENCE

or continue to  read on and  learn more about our gourmet High Teas.

HIGH TEA BOTH GIRLS

Since 2006, Dello Mano has established itself as Australia’s foremost purveyor of luxury brownies and more recently premium cakes. Our signature High Tea, which has been delighting guests of all ages for over three years, is the premier way to enjoy our sumptuous sweets as well as our warm, genuine hospitality. This year, in honor of our beautiful location at the heritage-listed Tattersalls Arcade, we’re launching two new High Teas: The Arcadian and The Chocolate Queen. Both teas are available at Tattersalls Arcade and at our equally-lovely New Farm Village location, where we are nestled in an eclectic, Italianesque neighborhood lined with trees and flowers.

The Dello Mano High Tea Experience

High tea has long been a favorite outing among the fine ladies of Brisbane, from the Victorian grand dames who first strolled the aisles of the Arcade to the chicly-suited businesswomen of the present. We designed our high teas with that heritage in mind and an emphasis on relaxation and decadence, two qualities integral to the Dello Mano experience. Each tea set showcases our luxurious brownies as well as our “mini-mini” cakes, exclusively in-store treats intended for individual enjoyment. The mini-minis, named after our beloved Clubman Mini Cooper delivery car, feature all the flavors of our best-selling premium cakes. Selections change daily and may feature anything from Belgian Chocolate Buttermilk to Raspberry & Passionfruit Torte. We round out the tea sets with handmade scones, micropots of our white chocolate-raspberry jam, and an assortment of dainty ribbon sandwiches. And, of course, each set comes with a pot of freshly-brewed tea (or Di Bella coffee, if you prefer).

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Mini Mini Red Velvet Cake – Luxury treat in the Dello Mano High Tea

At Dello Mano, we consider artful presentation tantamount to taste, so you can expect our service to be as decadent as our desserts. The sweets, scones, and sandwiches come arranged on a grand, golden tea stand with a pineapple motif, a symbol for hospitality and a reference to the role pineapples play in Brisbane’s tropical heritage. Even our classic brownie comes wrapped in real gold foil. You’ll feel like royalty as you peel away the precious foil to reveal the dark, rich chocolate within.

The Arcadian

The Arcadian is named after our new home, Tattersalls Arcade, a high-end shopping destination housed in an Art Deco clubhouse. We also love the dictionary definition of “arcadian”: idyllically innocent, simple, or untroubled. Like our Tattersalls and New Farm locations — unhurried oases from the modern world — The Arcadian Tea is the perfect idyllic respite from your worldly troubles. We invite you to unwind among Tatterhalls’ Classical friezes and gleaming brass fixtures or New Farms’ fig trees and French rattan. The Arcadian features three mini-mini cakes — Golden Gaytime Cake, Red Velvet Cake, and Raspberry &Passionfruit Torte — as well as a brownie mousse with meringue, scones, and three savory sandwiches, all chosen to pair perfectly with your favorite tea. BOOK HIGH TEA NOW

DELLO MANO SHINGLE WITH FRIEZE TATTS CROPPED

The Dello Mano Salon is located in the beautiful heritage listed Tattersalls Arcade located on the corner of the bustling Queen St. Mall and premium shopping precinct of Edward St. Brisbane.

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Sample Dello Mano Luxury Cakes in their mini-mini form in the Dello Mano High Tea

The Chocolate Queen

The Chocolate Queen’s namesake is Queen Street, the beating heart of Brisbane and the street on which Tattersalls Arcade is located. Since Brisbane’s Victorian period, Queen Street has been known for sophisticated, elegant shopping experiences, a legacy that continues with the vibrant Queen Street Mall. The Chocolate Queen evokes Queen Street’s grand Victorian past while remaining fashionably grounded in the present. Fans of our intensely chocolatey brownies will love this tea set — the selections never stray far from our Brownie Revolution roots. Served on a gleaming, golden service fit for a real queen, the tea features a wide range of chocolate treats, including Blackforest and Chocolate Milkshake mini-mini cakes, truffle bon-bons, and our Belgian Chocolate brownie. We suggest pairing this spread with a pot of rich, creamy hot chocolate instead of the customary tea. The Chocolate Queen Tea is particularly perfect for Mothers’ Day, because we all know that Mum is the real queen of our hearts.

Michael Carrello

Dello Mano store at Merthyr Village New Farm – image courtesy of @michaelcarrello

Book Dello Mano High Tea Now!

The Arcadian and Chocolate Queen Teas are available just in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Don’t wait to book, though — seats for High Tea are limited and sell out fast. Click on the “Book High Tea Brisbane” link at the top of our website to reserve your table. If you miss your chance, don’t fret; we run regular High Teas every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 PM at both our Tattersalls Arcade and New Farm locations. We are also happy to accommodate larger groups outside of our regular High Tea hours with prior notice. And, of course, we welcome brownie browsers and cake connoisseurs to visit our shops any day of the week.

Hope to see you all soon!

Deb & Bien Peralta + Team Dello Mano

PS. If you cant make it to a Dello Mano High Tea remember if you live in Brisbane you can always have a Brisbane Cake Delivery to your door. We deliver cakes to Brisbane Metro Monday to Friday. Call 1300 661 682 to inquire or book cake delivery online 

BOOK HIGH TEA NOW AT DELLO MANO

Let’s Talk About Food…Good Food

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Dello Mano Premium Hand Made Cakes

We all love to eat, that’s a fact. These days, we don’t just eat to survive—we enjoy the food, many of us have developed discriminating taste buds for distinct flavors and we seem to be more aware about the issues surrounding food. The terms real food, good food, natural, organic and so many more get thrown around too much that it can get pretty confusing.

At Dello Mano, we take pride in serving you good food. And when we say GOOD.. this is what we mean:

1. Good food presents the comfort of home.

Nothing can replace BBQs and tea time with family and friends but recent statistical data shows that Australians have grown to be big spenders eating out. It seems that the changing lifestyles of individuals and family brings about a demand for convenience so home-cooking isn’t a top priority for everyone.

But we daresay that eating out does not have to mean eating ourselves sick with processed food all the time. We believe that eating out can still present conviviality and that homemade goodness…which is why we take our time making handmade food at Dello Mano. We simply believe that food made with love will always be better—in quality, in taste and in the overall experience.

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7 Easter Gift Do’s and Dont’s

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Easter Gifts

Easter is a great time for families and friends to gather and celebrate. As an event that’s not only a great family time it’s equally great, because it includes lots of chocolates, egg treats and bunnies. It is one of our most favourite holidays. My mind is drawn to think about the chocolate Easter bilbies, the little fun surprises in every egg hunt, the brownie gifts everyone looks forward to, and all sorts of chocolates that will surely make you crave big-time.  Easter gifts really make us smile!

Central to the celebration of Easter is gift-giving. And more so than Christmas gifts, the most common Easter gift most people prefer is chocolate. Yum!

You’ve probably already made up your list of gift recipients. Now you’re at the tough part – what to give to who? Before anything else, keep this in mind: everyone loves a delicious gift at Easter!

Holiday gift-giving can be a daunting task. But follow some simple Dos and Don’ts, and you’ll be fine avoiding all the  hassle. Here are the rules to make food gift giving a delightful experience for you and your gift recipient!

Let’s start with the DON’TS.

Don’t go it alone.

The thought of making your own gift is really fun. But if you consider the number of your gift recipients, plus the materials you need to gather and the time you need to make all your food Easter  gifts on time, you might end up feeling more stressed than happy. So the first rule is – try not to make gifts all on your own. Not only do you cut the work needed to prepare your food gifts, you also turn this could-be-stressful moment into a fun Holiday get-together with lots of chocolate dipping and tasting! You will be surprised how many hands are so willing to help.

Don’t start until everything you need is ready.

Baking chocolate goodies is both an art and a science. Chocolate can be difficult to handle so you want to have everything you need ready before you start making treats. It is important that you plan ahead. Make a list of the different treats you want to make – whether its brownies, chocolate tarts, chocolate-coated candies, cookies, truffles – make sure all the ingredients and baking supplies you need are right there on your kitchen counter and ready to go.

Don’t take it too seriously.

You don’t always make food gifts for your friends and family. So it is understandable that you want to give your best effort to make the perfect present for each one of them. But your homemade gifts need not be perfect like those you see in local food stores. So don’t take it too seriously. Just go with the flow. Let your imagination and resourcefulness guide you. Creativity is at its peak when you feel relaxed and not anxious.

Don’t spend too much, especially on gift wraps.

You should avoid spending too much especially on gift wraps. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make every best effort for beautiful presentation of your food gift. You probably have some clean gift wraps you are able to reuse. If you’re wrapping cookies and brownies, you can put them in clear plastic and tie with an attractive low cost ribbon. This simple gift-wrapping approach is always a winner.

Don’t forget the label and your message.

Your homemade chocolate food gift can be made more special if you make a label and include your personal message. If you have good handwriting skills, much better. But if you are not confident, you can always have your message printed. Also, it’s a good idea to put a note about the shelf life of your gift. This way, your gift recipients know how long they can keep the gift. These days too, an important consideration is recipients with a  food allergy. Label your gluten free Easter gifts, with exactly that – Gluten Free Gift -so that your Easter gift is truly personalised for your recipient.

Now, let’s go to the Dos…

Do set a budget.

The last thing you want to experience is the stress of knowing that you have overspent. So before this happens, you want to think about your budget. How much are you willing to spend for each of your chocolate gifts? Do the math now before you think about what chocolate treats to prepare. This way, you will have one less worry.

Do experiment.

Easter chocolate gifts are so fun to make. Ideas are all over – on and off the web. From the recipes to the gift boxes and wrappers, you will surely find a great design to incorporate in your gift. But don’t be afraid to experiment. Who knows – you might end up making a luxury food gift that will set the trend. You just don’t want to delight your gift recipients with the taste of your food gift but also WOW them with your presentation!

If you’re into homemade food Easter gifts, you should try baking some really good Easter nests! Here’s a recipe you can try this Easter. This no-bake recipe takes minutes to do so you can save a lot of time prepping your food gift. Your kids can even do this on their own!

Chocolate Easter Nests

200 grams milk chocolate

200 grams dark chocolate

100 grams shredded coconut

40 coloured candy-coated Easter eggs

How to do:

  1. This recipe starts with melting the dark chocolate. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Stir from time to time until the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Add the shredded coconut and stir to combine.
  3. Create chocolate nests of about 7 centimetres in diameter. Using the back of a metal spoon, make a small dent in the centre of each nest. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Before packing, fill the dent with candy-coated eggs.

Recipe Source: Delicious.com.au

 Importantly take the time to really enjoy the lead up to Easter. Whether you buy gifts online, in store or make them yourself, the important part is always the joy in the act of gift giving. Here at Dello Mano, we revere food gifts and always feel that a food gift is such a beautiful way to celebrate any festive events. Of course a chocolate gift is even better!

No time to bake then checkout Dello Mano Luxury Easter Chocolate gifts and cookies. Our food gifts are all hand made using our own recipes, premium ingredients and in small batches to protect our food quality.

 

9 Brownie Recipes to Try at home!

9 Brownie Recipes to Try at home!

It was a hot, humid, Brisbane weekend so the best thing to do was enjoy a Cold Press Coffee, surf the web and flick through some magazines. Of course, with our now ten year love affair with brownies, researching brownies was high on our agenda! Here are a few of the brownie ideas we came across and thought worth sharing. Everything from a Frozen Brownie Sundae through to the  Blonde Butterscotch Brownie, there’s a brownie choice  for everyone.

We love brownies and blogs are great sources of recipes and ideas, so enjoy the Brownie works of these creative bloggers.Fudge Nut Brownies.

Fudge Nut Brownies

The recipe > Fudge Nut Brownies

It is a moist and melting in mouth recipe that you’ll love and enjoy!

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

The recipe > Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Glossy brownie batter that is topped with lots of nuts. Gooey and yummy!

Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

The recipe > Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

If you are looking for a scrumptious easy dessert, these nutty chocolate chip brownies stuffed with chocolate chips and walnuts will make you weak at the knees.

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Cheesecake Brownie Squares

Cheesecake Brownie Squares

The recipe > Cheesecake Brownie Squares

The brownie that your family will love. This ooey-gooey brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Caramel Brownies

Caramel Brownies

Caramel Brownies

The recipe > Caramel Brownies

These are rich, chewy brownies that are full of gooey caramel, chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. Yummy!

 

Speedy Brownies

Speedy Brownies

Speedy Brownies

The recipe > Speedy Brownies

Since you just combine all the ingredients together for these brownies, they take very little time to prepare. There’s no mistaking the homemade goodness of a freshly baked batch—they are rich and fudgy!

Blond Butterscotch Brownies

Blond Butterscotch Brownies

Blond Butterscotch Brownies

The recipe > Blond Butterscotch Brownies

Toffee and chocolate dot the golden brown batter of these fudge-like brownies.  Delicious!

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

The recipe > Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You’ll love this!

Frozen Brownie Sundae

Frozen Brownie Sundae

Frozen Brownie Sundae

The recipe > Frozen Brownie Sundae

A layer of fudgy brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, peanuts and hot fudge topping, served straight from the freezer.

If you try any of the brownie recipes then let us know ow they go.

Of course, if a Brownie emergency strikes and there’s no time to bake, call us on the Dello Mano Brownie Hot Line 1300 661 682  or buy Brownies on line.

 

 

 

Madeleines: Simple Food Gift

Planning your French Trip with Food in Mind

If you’re planning to visit France, you should prep your itinerary well in advance as there are so many things to see, do and of course eat! This wonderful place is known for its couture fashion houses, classical art museums, and of course – the world-renowned Eifel Tower. But France is also famous for its sophisticated cuisines and very creative pastries and desserts. So be sure to have plenty of time visiting the local patisseries in Paris or France and explore the authentic French pastry! It’s here that you’ll find the perfect food gift for yourself or your foodie friends and family.

Image Courtesy of Karen Booth on Flickr.

Image Courtesy of Karen Booth on Flickr.

Ah but reality strikes and no plan to travel to France just now? Then just Speaking of French pastry will need to be enough for both of us.

Madeleines Fit for a King

In Paris and all across France, there are plenty of cakes and confections that you must never forget to try. One of them is a Madeleine. Described as a cookie by non-French people, this small, spongy, lovely traditional goodie is actually a cake and uses what is known as a genoise batter.

Madeleine is a traditional cake from Commercy and Liverdun, in Northeastern France. This humble  little treat has a place etched in every foodies’ mind as it’s the appetising focus of attention in arguably one of the most beautiful and powerful pieces of food prose ever.

“..little shell of cake, so generously sensual beneath the piety of its stern pleating.” MARCEL PROUST

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Baking Pies & Tarts for the Home Baker

Desserts, pies and tarts are a popular choice for entertaining or just to enjoy after dinner. They are always a great idea for a food gift  or for a fast dessert when entertaining. I don’t know about you, but I simply can’t resist the crispy, flaky crust of a perfectly baked pie and its creamy, sweet and heavenly filling. Same thing with tarts. These two classic desserts are really timeless and always make such a great dessert when family or friends are visiting or you’re looking for that special food gift that just says enjoy!

The timeless beauty is evident our  Dello Mano Brownie Pies and Tarts. See how gorgeous it is? Wait until you taste it. And of course if you have no time to make one, then just pop in to the Dello Mano store or buy dessert cake online.

If you have the time though, handmade pies and tarts are simple pleasures. We make them here at Dello Mano with both a brownie base and the more traditional pastry base.

Baking Pies & Tarts

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Dello Mano Handmade Citrus Pie

A good pie always starts with a good crust. So what makes a good crust? The answer is simple: butter. Even better, good butter. Sure, shortening or lard is a good fit for pie crusts and is likely to produce a tender and flaky crust, but the flavour is never the same as with butter. Quality butter offers a creamy, rich and yes – buttery – taste that you won’t get from shortening.

So how do you go about making your butter crust texture light and flaky? No, you don’t need pastry blender, mixer or food processor. An old-school technique, which really works, involves running cold chunks of butter between your fingertips, and incorporating them into the flour (you want your flour-butter mixture to turn into pea-sized crumbs). Such technique allows you to monitor the size of the butter pieces, so it would create flakes, not lumps as you roll it.

Why use cold butter? As your crust bakes in the oven, the cold butter melts, creating steam pockets that produce a beautiful flaky texture.

From there, the next step is simply a matter of choosing the filling for your pie. Well, maybe not so simple because they range from the most popular apple and pear, to dried fruit and cranberry, coffee-toffee, spiced pumpkin, pecans, and of course – the irresistible – chocolate filling. If in doubt we say, the best food gift is always chocolate!

Another good strategy is to chill the dough at least 30 minutes (up to two days) before you roll it and bake it. Once assembled in the pan, chill it again before you finally put it in the oven. This ensures that the butter pieces will not melt until they are heated. Most pastry chefs would blind-bake crust or pastry shell first before pouring in the filling and baking the entire pie. Doing so keeps the size and form of the crust. To prevent the dough from rising, line the crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans, rice or pie beads (which you can buy from a kitchen supply store).

Brushing the top of the pasty with egg wash will give it that beautiful golden shine. Not only that. It will also make your pie cover crispier.

Fruits as Filling

Fresh fruit on tarts makes simply a work of art! And of course the fruit does provide healthy antioxidants. 🙂

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The natural sweetness and distinct flavour of fresh berries blend perfectly with the creaminess, flakiness and sweetness of the pastry shell.

If you’re using fruits as filling, it is important that you are aware of their baking/cooking properties. For instance, apples are normally used as pie filling not just because they are so common, but mostly because apples have natural pectin content (which acts as a binder), so your filling won’t be runny. Meanwhile, blackberries have high levels of acid on the skin, which does not go well with starch, so you want to add the starch and sugar from the start. Cherries need to be pitted if using fresh, and peaches must be peeled first.

Baking delicious pies and tarts may take some effort and practice, but as you get used to it, and as you discover more techniques (which you will as you slowly become addicted to baking), you’ll find it a very rewarding task. And after a day of baking, when you finally present your food gift, you’ll be showered with compliments!.

And of course you can be experimental. Our love of brownies and our clients wanting to buy brownies in all different forms, led us to invent the Luxury Brownie pie. Our Dello Mano Brownie Pies were recently noted in the SBS Food Trends for 2016 as something yummy and new for this year.  We handmake our delicious brownie pies in a number of different flavours from Dulce de Leche through to Crunchy Walnut and  a beautiful Belgian Chocolate Ganache.  There are so many alternatives that suit a chocolate brownie base.

Cheers to the pie and tart lovers around the world! These wonderful pastry creations are too good to resist and make a huge splash as a food gift or just as simply a great share treat for family and friends.

BROONIE or BROWNIE?

It automatically rings a bell and makes us all happy when we hear the word “brownies”. We start imagining and craving for its oh-so-yummy and chocolaty taste. A brownie as we all know, is a sweet flattened square chocolate baked treat that is a favourite with so many people. But who knows what a Broonie is?  There is indeed also a baked goody called a “broonie”. Yes it sounds like brownie but it’s different in many ways, including its color, texture and also taste. Let’s find out more and see what you think about a Broonie or a Brownie as you choice of food gift or treat.

A Broonie is ginger bread made with oatmeal. Commonly called a “Broonie Orkney”, this treat originated in Orkney Islands, an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, United Kingdom where the staples for bread are corn, barley and oats.

According to www.food.com, a Broonie is derived from the Old Norse word which refers to a thick bannock. Broonie is a lovely light gingerbread, gorgeous with a cup of hot milky tea on a dark Scottish winter’s night. Its’ home style, great taste and rustic appeal makes for a wonderful food gift. Whether it be personal or a handmade food for a business gift, the Broonie is a very much appreciated sentiment.

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Rolled Oats

Unlike Brownies, the Broonies’ primary ingredient is Oatmeal. Of course, Brownie recipes, well, at least shall we say we know for sure, Dello Mano brownies, call for chocolate as one of the key ingredients.  The Broonie recipe however relies strongly on the use of oatmeal.

Brownies and Broonies are further separated by another factor. The Broonie is usually baked in a form of a loaf bread whereas the Brownie in a tray or flat pan.

The Broonie has as a distinct flavour with the addition of ginger. While Ginger Brownies are definitely available ( we do one here at Dello Mano), the Broonie with its’ absence of chocolate, allows for a very distinct ginger flavour profile.

The  wholesome whole grains used to craft the Broonie makes it a fantastic health food gift or treat. Of course if it is a chocolate gift you’re looking for, then we say you can’t go past  a Brownie :)- but having said that, all handmade food gifts are such a treat even we can live without the chocolate… at least once or twice.

To better understand the Broonie, here’s the recipe we found on the internet that you might like to try at home. Let us know what you think.

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Photo  and recipe courtesy of timetocookonline.com

Ingredients:

Yields: 1 loaf

Method:

  1. Preheat oven 170°C.
  2. Combine oatmeal,salt and flour.
  3. Rub in butter,stir in sugar and ginger.
  4. In a small saucepan heat treacle gently,stir in egg. Pour into dry ingredients add buttermilk and stir thoroughly until all are well combined.
  5. Pour batter into a buttered 900g/2lb loaf tin.
  6. Bake 60-70 minutes until knife inserted in centre comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and cool COMPLETELY before turning out.

Something that both Brownie and Broonie have in common is that both are best left to “mature” for a few days. Allowing both baked treats time to settle and for the flavours to develop, really does result in a better final product. Not sure about Broonies, but I know for sure, it’s awfully hard to protect a new batch of brownies as they  “mature”-  since generally they’re eaten up in the first few minutes they come out of the oven!

So what do you say? – Broonie or Brownie as your choice of food gift or would that choice be different if it’s just a treat at home to enjoy with the family? Our vote here, is of course a Brownie as our Chocolate gift – but then again we’re fairly biased.

Broonie or Brownie, handmade food is the best treat every time!