The months of December through February is always one where festivities are held through and through. From Christmas, to the New Year, to the Lunar New Year and then Valentine’s Day, there is almost always an occasion to break out some wine and chocolate to celebrate with close families and friends. Those keen to pop a little sparkling wine into the party will be pleased to note that one of France’s top winemakers Jailance now has products available at Bottles & Bottles, Cold Storage, FairPrice, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra, Giant, Jasons and MarketPlace in Singapore. The Sémillon and the Muscat, Clairette retail at $29.90 and $26.90 respectively and are light, tender sweet offerings that are coupled with the perfect fizz to lighten the overall mood.
For some sweet treats from the House of Albert Ménès in France, choose items such as the Sliced Pure Butter Cake with Candied Fruit and the Provençal Gâteau de Visan with Almonds and Chocolate. The Butter Cake is richly textured in pure Carribean rum, lending that perfect zest to the overall flavour. Add in pieces of Juicy Amarena cherries, tart citron and aromatic candied orange peel into the mix and what you have is a butter cake that is purely delicious and heavenly. I would get more of this if I were you!
The Provençal Gâteau de Visan with Almonds and Chocolate or the flourless cake with almond and chocolates is an interesting concoction altogether. The lack of flour brings out the emphasis in almond and chocolate flavour. Served in an airtight metal box, the cake is fresh upon serve and will be very fine with some hot tea.
Sliced Pure Butter Cake with Candied Fruit
The Sliced Pure Butter Cake with Candied Fruit and the Provençal Gâteau de Visan with Almonds and Chocolate are sold at Paragon Market Place, Jasons the Gourmet Grocer @ ION Orchard and Jasons the Gourmet Grocer @ Sentosa Quayside. Albert Ménès products can also be found at Pacific Marketplace at the Pan Pacific Singapore, and the Providore at Mandarin Gallery and Tan Boon Liat Building. The recommended retail price for both cakes is $22 each.