Paris Est Amour: 3 Cafes We Loved

LES DEUX MAGOTS   The name originally belonged to a fabric and novelty shop at nearby 23 Rue de Buci. The shop sold silk lingerie and took its name from a popular play of the moment (1800s) entitled Les Deux Magots de la Chine. Its two statues represent Chinese “mandarins,” or “magicians” (and “alchemists,” depending upon one’s philosophical point of view), who gaze serenely over … Continue reading Paris Est Amour: 3 Cafes We Loved

6 Layer Caramel Cake

A delicious 6 layer caramel cake is perfect in this kind of weather. Here at Dello Mano we’re celebrating Caramel week so, how better to enjoy it than in 6 layers!  We made this one at home last weekend and successfully getting us into the caramel zone.

Each layer is a delicious moist cake, not as dense as brownie but rather fudgy – cakey if that makes sense?  The caramel we made was a lovely creamy version and I think totally up to you in terms of which recipe you use to prepare. The important part is just making sure the caramel consistency is enough to hold it firm between layers but just viscous enough to allow it to ooze when the cake is cut. We all need that little bit of theater at the cutting of an impressive layer cake 🙂 We finished the cake off with a little rock salt just to add a little spark in contrast to the overall caramel sweetness.

6 layer caramel layer
6 layer caramel cake – delicious!

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White Chocolate & Cranberry Homemade Cookies

I once saw stand up comedienne Fiona O’Loughlin  jokingly tell the story of being at home while her kids and husband were at school and work. In order to appear like she’d been busy all day, she told us that at 4pm in the afternoon she’d throw onions on a pan. She assured us all that this act would 1. have everyone assume that she’d been very busy all day and 2. that the aroma of cooked onions was so comforting that everyone was automatically calmed. I figured all jokes aside, with 5 kids she’d  know how to calm a house!

white chocolate and cranberry cookies
Freshly baked white chocolate and cranberry cookies

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Why You Should Give White Chocolate a Chance

Maybe it’s time to give white chocolate a chance? Or you not a fan? This week at Dello Mano we’ll celebrate White Chocolate in everything from Hot White Chocolate to Pancakes with White chocolate Mousse and fresh raspberries.

White chocolate looks different and doesn’t taste like regular chocolate. It doesn’t have the bittersweet taste that makes regular chocolates addictive.  That’s because it isn’t really chocolate after all. But it does have a few selling points.

White Chocolate Pancakes at Dello Mano
White Chocolate Pancakes with White Chocolate Mousse and fresh raspberries

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Paris Est Amour: 3 Must See Chocolate Shops

PATRICK ROGER CHOCOLATIER

Patrick Roger is a chocolate artisan like no other. Patrick Roger is very involved in every step of chocolate making–from acquiring ingredients, developing flavor combinations, tempering the chocolates and sculpting! With a team of less than 15, Patrick Roger comes up with grand creations that are delectable and very detailed.

The clean lines of the Patrick Roger shops really give the chocolates the chance to pop. Don’t let your eyes fool you, those bees and chickens you will see on the shelves aren’t porcelain or glass—they’re chocolates too! Entering his store and getting a taste of the chocolates made us feel like being in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It’s handmade love for sure!

The day we visited the Patrick Roger Paris store, a one tonne block of chocolate in the window had been carved to a huge elephant. Something really amazing to see!

If you are in Paris and you’re looking for a chocolate gift then you will not be disappointed.

Flavor suggestions: anything with lemongrass, Sichuan peppercorn, pralines and caramels

Locations: Paris and Belgium click here for directory. We’ve vistied both and they are equally exciting. Continue reading “Paris Est Amour: 3 Must See Chocolate Shops”

Paris Est Amour: Our 3 Favorite Pastry Shops

Here at Dello Mano, we’re such advocates of handmade luxury food and products. While Dello Mano style is about refined rustic cakes and produce, Paris contines to provide us with inspiration in our commitment to handmade edible luxury. Paris is everything we dreamed about and more! The Parisian flair for creative artistry and distinct taste for opulence are such great influences, that we decided to share with you our love for the city of lights in a series we’ll be calling Paris est amour. Let’s get started with our favorite pastry shops:

LADURÉE

Laduree Entrace
Entrance to Laduree in Paris

Brief background:

In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller founded a bakery. After a fire, the bakery was transformed into a pastry shop in 1871, with popular painter Jules Cherét in-charge of the interiors.  With a combination of Parisian-style cafés and French patisserie goodness, the company opened a tea room for women and became one of the pioneers in the area. Ladurée brand further rose to fame when Pierre Desfontaines (grandson of Louis Ernest Ladurée) thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with ganache filling. The recipe for the ‘double-decker’ has not changed since then. Ladurée has been recognized as a French luxury sweets maker and the brand has also branched out to chocolates (Marquis Ladurée) and candles and home fragrances (Beauté Ladurée).

Fun Fact: The sweet treats Kirsten Dunst was eating in the film Marie Antoinette were from Ladurée, as chosen by director Sofia Coppola.

What we loved: The elegant interiors showed true Parisian flair. Together with the dainty packaging and fine china, it was a very luxurious experience. Of course, the  delectable sweets are amazing. The Strawberry cake in the picture below has to be one of the most precious edibles we have ever seen. We loved too the secrecy. With much fuss about no photography it has to be one of the most photographed food shops in the world.

Must-try products: strawberry tarts, pistachio pain au chocolat, St. Honoré, world-famous macarons (flavors like Fleur d’oranger, licorice, cassis and chocolate yuzu)

Locations: Ladurée Houses can be found in several countries across the globe and is increasing as I type this note. For a complete list of locations click here.

Laduree Interior
Laduree – the glamorous interior
Laduree strawberry
Laduree – most exciting cake.
laduree raspberries
Laduree Raspberry cake enjoyed by team Dello Mano

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Recipe : Double Chocolate Pecan Fudge Squares

We bake most weekends and this past weekend was no exception.  With winter theoretically on our door step ( in theory, I say  because the days here in Brisbane at this time of the year really are glorious!) it seemed only fitting to bake ourselves  a triple layer treat. The layers in these Double Chocolate Pecan Fudge Squares  do take a little more time however the result is well … Continue reading Recipe : Double Chocolate Pecan Fudge Squares