Summer Artisanal Delights from The House of Albert Menes

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S u m m e r  T e a  P a r t y
One of the simple pleasures in life: throwing mini tea parties at home. I don't normally have the luxury of time to unwind myself, but when the wonderful folks from The House of Albert Menes and Mileage Communications sent some goodies over - I thought I just had to try them out in tea party fashionPhotographs taken by me unless otherwise stated.



T h e   H o u s e  o f  A l b e r t  M e n e s
Founded in 1921, this little artisanal bakery is famous for over 350 French fine artisanal food. The range of lovely crafts revolves around three moments of consumption - hours of breakfast and tea, cocktail hour, and meal time. I love how the French really knows how to relax - that's something I missed a lot from my trip! Well, at least now I have a sliver of France with me.





Featured: Violet Fig Jam and Matzo Bread

Made from carefully selected whole figs grown in Soilles-Pont in Var (Southern France), the Violet Fig Jam is a richly sweet fruity paste that is thoroughly pulpy and indulging. I could sense the natural flavour of the fruit itself, all kept fresh in the jar. The jam can be enjoyed with slices of toast, yogurt, ice-cream or pancakes just like any other.

To enjoy the violet fig jam in style, pair it with the Matzo Bread. I was really curious how it would taste like. The Matzo Bread has the crispiness of crackers and fragrance of toasted bread. The airiness of the bread also engages your tastebuds for both delicate tastes and complex flavours of fine butter, hams, honey or cheese. I paired it with cheese and the violet fig jam - and I finally understood what it means by tea party on my tongue. The Violet Fig Jam is priced at $18 and Matzo Bread, $9.


House of Albert Menes products can be found:


Pacific Marketplace at Pan Pacific Hotel Boutique

Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 1
Singapore 039595


Shermay's Cooking School

Chip Bee Gardens
43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-76
Singapore 278115

Photo credits: The House of Albert Menes
If you're out to bedazzle your guests for your tea party, why not try this recipe for some Fig Jam Cupcakes? I think the recipe sounds easy enough even for beginner bakers, check out the 9-steps! Recipe courtesy of Chef Jackie from Shermay's Cooking School.

Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes)
35 grams unsalted butter (softened)
65 grams caster sugar
80 grams cake flour
1⁄2 tablespoons double-action baking powder
35 grams eggs, room temperature
60 ml milk
2 tablespoons Violet Fig Jam 



Directions
1 - Preheat oven to 180°C
2 - Weigh and sift baking powder and flour into the same bowl and set aside.
3 - Add cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy.
4 - Add eggs and mix slowly till combined.
5 - Add half of flour mixture from step 2. Fold in gently. Add half  the milk. Stir to combine.
6 - Repeat step 5 with remaining half portions of flour mixture and milk.
7 - Fold 2 tablespoons of fig jam gently into the batter.
8 - Scoop batter into cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 min, or till a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean (with no wet batter sticking to it).
9 - Leave cupcakes to cool on wire racks.


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