Monday, December 2, 2013

From the inbox...Delightful Pastries

Catching up on e-mails and will be sharing some fun press releases that have been sent our way. This one is full of sweet treats for the holiday from Delightful Pastries. Yum...love to see Stollen on the list, a traditional German favorite I've come to enjoy!


Delightful Pastries Makes Holiday Entertaining Easy

It's the end of a wonderful year. In addition to holiday celebrations with family, friends and neighbors, workplace parties, New Year's Eve, and all of those food gifts you give and receive, there are a litany of national food holidays that are, well, almost obligatory.
December is National Fruit Cake Month; December 27 is National Fruit Cake Day - Delightful Pastries Offers Modern Selections with Creative TwistsFruit Cake fans (you know who you are), this month's for you. December is National ET - Fruit Nut Cake Fruit Cake Month. Delightful Pastries offers delicious variations including its holiday breads. Throw away any of your pre-conceived notions. Most ethnic groups have their favorite recipe for fruit and nut bread and Delightful Pastries' modern take is as refreshing as it is delicious. Try something new this year, like:Stollen ($20). A traditional German stollen includes candied orange peel, raisins, almonds and is ¬filled with marzipan. The English prefer a traditional fruit cake and Delightful Pastries gives it a modern twist, Cognac Fruit Cake ($20), which is soaked in Cognac and Grand Marnier, which makes the taste of all the fruit and nuts come alive. Another modern twist on a traditional, Royal Gingerbread($14) is filled with hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins and candied orange peel; the entire bread is dipped in chocolate. Holiday breads also make awesome French toast for Christmas or New Year's breakfast.

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Fruit cakes and fruit breads are available at all three Delightful Pastries location: 5927 W. Lawrence Avenue , Chicago, in the Jefferson Park neighborhood (phone: 773-545-7215). Store hours are Tuesday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; closed on Monday. The Old Town Chicago location, which includes the Café, is at 1710 N. Wells St ., just north of North Avenue (phone: 312-255-0724). Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Chicago French Market location is at 131 N. Clinton Ave., Chicago (phone: 312-234-9644). Store hours are Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Sundays.

Pick a day in December. Chances are there's a Pie to Celebrate. Yesterday was National Pie Day; December 3 is National Apple Pie Day; December 25 is Pumpkin Pie Day
ET - Apple_Pie USAppleBlogIn additional to Delightful Pastries' full selection of full and mini individual pies, it has added two new choices just in time for the holidays. Joining the roundup, including Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan and other favorites, are a Key Lime Pie ($30), a deep dish pie made with real key lime juice, extra smooth and creamy, serving 14 andCranberry Fudge Pie ($25), a graham cracker crust filled with chocolate and topped with cranberries, a study in sweet and sour contrasts.

Celebrate National Eggnog Month with Delightful Pastries' Tasty Spiked Eggnog

Delightful Pastries suggests keeping eggnog on hand during the holidays for those unexpected guests or to enjoy a lazy evening by the fireplace. Rum Eggnog ($14.99) is a real treat-for those of you who have not had it, it is spiked liberally with rum. Available at the Chicago French Market and Wells Street location only.

December 4 is National Cookie Day. Delightful Pastries makes it easy to celebrate.
Christmas cookiesIt makes perfect sense that December 4 is National Cookie Day. Celebrating the holidays and cookies go hand in hand. Delightful Pastries offers a wonderful selection of cookies, including tried and true holiday favorites enjoyed by many family traditions. If you're a fan of Linzer, Mexican Wedding, Viennese, Kolaczki, Italian Rainbow, Rugelach and more, you'll be glad to know that all Delightful Pastries cookies use pure butter and are free of preservatives. Enjoy them by the pound or create a custom mixed sample holiday tray. You can't go wrong serving or gifting these during the holidays. 
Cookies

Linzer Cookies
Buttery cookies sandwiched with either raspberry or apricot jams

Mexican Wedding Cookies
Delicious nut cookies that melt in your mouth, dipped in powdered sugar.

Viennese Almond Crescents
These melt-in-your-mouth cookies contain no eggs. They are very fragile & hand shaped.

Raspberry Kolaczki
Flaky yeast dough filled with locally made raspberry preserves

Apricot Kolaczki
Flaky yeast dough filled with locally made apricot preserves

Cheese Kolaczki
Flaky yeast dough filled with delicious cheese filling

Pistachio Shortbread
Egg free crunchy Irish shortbread with pistachio

Pecan Sables
Buttery French cookies made with delicious pecans

Sugar Cookies

Butter cookies cut in different animal shapes and topped with sugar.

Italian Rainbow Cookies
Marzipan layers filled with raspberry and apricot jams, topped with chocolate layer.

Treat your guests to a French-style Christmas
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Your guests will be thrilled with Delightful Pastries' Buche de Noel ($40). This traditional  French Yule log is genoise-filled with chocolate ganache, and decorated with marzipan mushrooms and holly berries. Buche de Noel also makes for a terrific gift, as does an assortment of traditional Macarons.
Don't forget Santa's Treat. Delightful Pastries Shares Its Snickerdoodle Recipe
Delightful Pastries is sharing its Snickerdoodle recipe. We hear that it's Santa's favorite!
Chef / Partner Dobra Bielinski
Snickerdoodles
Makes 4 dozen
INGREDIENTSSnickerdoodles
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 T white sugar
2 T ground cinnamon
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.
Delightful Pastries Gift and Entertaining Suggestions

In a quandary over what to buy? You can't go wrong with a delightful gift. Don't go empty handed and don't be caught off guard. Keep a supply of homemade cookies, jams, and assorted platters to create gift baskets, use as stocking stuffers, and for entertaining.
ET - delight pastries_71The Butter Cookie Christmas Tree ($35) makes for a perfect centerpiece. Butter cookies are filled with apricot preserves, decorated with royal icing and holiday ornaments made out of sugar. Keep several International Cookie Trays ($35) on hand. Perfect for office parties and family entertaining, this fabulous tray is filled with kolaczki, Sicilian fig cucidatis, Viennese almond crescents, rugelach, peppermint meringues, linzers, Christmas mice, French macarons, Mexican wedding cookies and sugar cookies. The Petit Pastry Tray (Small,$40; Large, $80) is an assortment of petit pastries such as éclairs, fruit tarts, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate mousse and berry cup, cannoli, financier and more.

Special Delightful Pastries Catering Packages:
When catering a holiday event, you need look no further than Delightful Pastries. Both savory and sweet items are on the menu. Advance orders are being accepted.
ORDER NOW at the Chicago French Market - Store , 131 N. Clinton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60661, Phone: (312) 234-9644;  Old Town Chicago - Café & Store, 1710 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: (312) 255-0724; Jefferson Park Chicago - Store, 5927 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630, Phone: (773) 545-7215.

The savory menu includes:

Mushroom Turnovers
$1/each
Mushroom duxelle filling encased in puff pastry.

Red Borscht$8/quart
Vegan red beet soup that is served warm as an accompaniment to porcini dumplings, croquets and mushroom turnovers.

Salmon En Croute $50
French pastry filled with sautéed spinach, salmon and béchamel sauce.

Baked Brie$16
Brie encased by pastry topped with apricot preserves and sliced almonds.

Veggie Quiche
$42
Made with leeks, spinach, onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese stuffed in a French pastry.

Ham Quiche$42
The quiche is baked with locally made Polish ham and Swiss cheese.

Winter Salad $50
Arugula, roasted butternut squash, roasted beets, oranges, spiced walnuts and maple mustard vinaigrette.

Sweet specialties include:

Buche de Noel $40
A French Yule log made out of genoise filled with chocolate ganache, decorated with marzipan mushrooms and holly berries.

Petit Pastry TrayS. $40; L. $80
An assortment of petit pastries such as éclairs, fruit tarts, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate mousse and berry cup, cannoli, financier etc.

Stollen$20
Traditional German stollen with candied orange peel, raisins, almonds and ¬filled with marzipan.

Ricotta Cheesecake$25
Ricotta, candied orange peel and chocolate chips encased in pasta frolla.

Royal Gingerbread$14
Filled with hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins and candied orange peel, the entire bread is dipped in chocolate.

Poppy Seed Strudel $10
Sweet yeast dough rolled with a delicious poppy seed filling made from scratch at our bakery.

Cognac Fruit Cake$20
Traditional English fruitcake with a modern twist. It is soaked in cognac and Grand Marnier which makes the taste of all the fruit and nuts come alive.

Rum Eggnog $14.99
A real treat for those of you that have not had it, it is spiked liberally with rum.

Key Lime Pie$30
A deep dish pie made with real key lime juice, extra smooth and creamy; serves 14.

Cranberry Fudge Pie
$25
Graham cracker crust filled with chocolate and topped with cranberries, a study in sweet and sour contrasts.

Butter Cookie Christmas Tree
$35
Butter cookies filled with apricot preserves, decorated with royal icing and holiday ornaments made out of sugar.

International Cookie Tray 
$35
A fabulous tray filled with kolaczki, Sicilian fi¬g cucidatis, Viennese almond crescents, rugelah, peppermint meringues, linzers, Christmas mice, French macarons, Mexican wedding cookies and sugar cookies.

Package #1 
$200 Serves 10 people.
This package is great to put on a buffet as most of the items are self-serve. Veggie Quiche, Salmon en Croute, Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Buche de Noel and Minipastry Tray.

Package #2 
$190 Serves 10 people.
This package is a great option for those who have the ham and turkey but just need some sides.
Butternut Squash Soup, Ham and Cheese Quiche, Winter Salad, Rum Eggnog and International Cookie Tray.

Package #3 
$155 Serves 10 people.
This package is ideal for a cocktail party as everything can be served on napkins and the soup can be put in little shot glasses. Butternut Squash Soup, Baked Brie, Mushroom Turnovers, Sauerkraut and Mushroom Pierogi, International Cookie Tray and Mini Pastry Tray.

Delightful Pastries Menu

Sweets:

Buche de Noel $40.00
A French Yule log made out of genoise filled with chocolate ganache, decorated with marzipan mushrooms and holly berries.
Petit Pastry Tray S. $40.00; L. $80
An assortment of petit pastries such as éclairs, fruit tarts, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate mousse and berry cup, cannoli, finncier etc.
Stollen $20.00
Traditional German stollen with candied orange peel, raisins, almonds and ­filled with marzipan.
Ricotta Cheesecake $25.00
Ricotta, candied orange peel and chocolate chips encased in pasta frolla.
Royal Gingerbread $14.00
Filled with hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins and candied orange peel, the entire bread is dipped in chocolate.
Poppy Seed Strudel $10.00
Sweet yeast dough rolled with a delicious poppy seed filling made from scratch at our bakery.
Cognac Fruit Cake $20.00
Traditional English fruitcake with a modern twist. It is soaked in cognac and Grand Marnier which makes the taste of all the fruit and nuts come alive.
Rum Eggnog $14.99
A real treat for those of you that have not had it, it is spiked liberally with rum.
Key Lime Pie $30.00
A deep dish pie made with real key lime juice, extra smooth and creamy; serves 14.
Cranberry Fudge Pie $25.00
Graham cracker crust filled with chocolate and topped with cranberries, a study in sweet and sour contrasts.
Butter Cookie Christmas Tree $35.00
Butter cookies filled with apricot preserves, decorated with royal icing and holiday ornaments made out of sugar.

International Cookie Tray $35
A fabulous tray filled with kolaczki, Sicilian fi­g cucidatis, Viennese almond crescents, rugelah, peppermint meringues, linzers, Christmas mice, French macarons, Mexican wedding cookies and sugar cookies.

Savory Items:

Mushroom Turnovers $1/eachMushroom duxelle filling encased in puff pastry.
Red Borscht $8/quart
Vegan red beet soup that is served warm as an accompaniment to porcini dumplings, croquets and mushroom turnovers.
Salmon En Croute $50.00
French pastry filled with sautéed spinach, salmon and béchamel sauce.
Baked Brie $16.00
Brie encased by pastry topped with apricot preserves and sliced almonds.
Veggie Quiche $42.00
Made with leeks, spinach, onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese stuffed in a French pastry.
Ham Quiche $42.00
The quiche is baked with locally made Polish ham and Swiss cheese.
Winter Salad $50.00
Arugula, roasted butternut squash, roasted beets, oranges, spiced walnuts and maple mustard vinaigrette.

Special Catering Packages:

Package #1 $200.00Serves 10 people.
This package is great to put on a buffet as most of the items are self-serve.
Veggie Quiche, Salmon en Croute, Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Buche de Noel and Minipastry Tray.
Package #2 $190.00
Serves 10 people.
This package is a great option for those who have the ham and turkey but just need some sides.
Butternut Squash Soup, Ham and Cheese Quiche, Winter Salad, Rum Eggnog and International Cookie Tray.
Package #3 $155.00
Serves 10 people.
This package is ideal for a cocktail party as everything can be served on napkins and the soup can be put in little shot glasses. Butternut Squash Soup, Baked Brie, Mushroom Turnovers, Sauerkraut and Mushroom Pierogi, International Cookie Tray and Mini Pastry Tray.


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