Edith Piaf picnic creates all the romance needed for a date between lovers in Paris, perfect for an original proposal & a romantic celebration. Splendid, refined French food of the best quality, decor accessories such as cushions, candles, designer plates. It is an ideal setting for a unique Parisian experience. With a bottle of champagne, your picnic is delivered in the ultimate wicker basket.
Roast Beef with Ratatouille & Smoked salmon with
French cottage cheese
Fresh soup (cold or hot)
Dessert (ex: macaroons,
A bottle of wine:
French red, rosé,
We planned a lovely picnic at the Trocdero with Heather, Tony her husband and the kids this morning. They asked for Olivier to take a few photographs prior to the picnic with the Eiffel tower in the background. They had a wonderful time, we are so glad they loved our “Leon picnic ” basket with all of the goodies inside.
Love Picnic Paris: Chocolate & Pear cake with fresh cream.
Pears and chocolate cake work really well together in this easy-to-prepare, everyday traditional cake. Especially if you have a couple of very ripe pears that you don’t know what to do with. Instead, I just placed chopped pears on top of the cake batter, expecting the cake batter to rise evenly around the pears. easy-to-make, it’s delicious, the chocolate cake texture is just right, and this dessert has fruit in it which is what I love
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
3 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and chopped into large chunks
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt – mix to combine.
Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a small bowl, using a microwave, or on a stove top in a small pan over low heat. Stir well.
Transfer melted chocolate mixture to a large mixing bowl, add granulated sugar, and, using electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed for a couple of minutes until the mixture is light in color. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating to combine. Add flour mixture and milk, alternating between the two in two additions, into the chocolate mixture.
Grease a 9×9 inch square pan or 9 inch round springform pan. If using a springform pan, line the bottom of the springform pan with a round piece of parchment paper.
Pour the cake batter into the baking pan and place chopped pears on top of the cake batter. Alternatively, you can fold in chopped pears into the cake batter before adding the cake batter into the baking pan.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out reasonably clean and the cake bounces when touched.
Cool on a wire rack for 15-30 minutes. If using springform pan, release the cake when completely cooled.
Dust with powdered sugar before serving: it will make this tasty cake look really pretty!