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What Are the Must-Try French Desserts for First-Timers?

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Bonjour! Are you ready to take a delectable journey through the world of French desserts? Indulge your sweet tooth with a delightful array of pastries, cakes, and confections that will transport you to the sidewalk cafés of Paris. Let’s explore the must-try French desserts that will surely delight first-timers!

Colorful Macaroons in a Studio

Exploring French Desserts

French desserts are renowned for their elegance and sophistication, combining rich flavors with delicate textures. From flaky croissants to creamy crème brûlée, each treat is a masterpiece of culinary artistry that showcases the finest ingredients and meticulous preparation.

Indulge in the iconic macarons, with their perfectly smooth shells and luscious fillings ranging from fruity to decadently chocolatey. These colorful delights are a true feast for both the eyes and the taste buds, making them an essential part of any French dessert experience.

For those craving a lighter option, the classic Tarte Tatin offers a perfect balance of buttery caramelized apples atop a flaky pastry crust. Its simple yet luxurious flavors capture the essence of French baking traditions, dating back centuries.

French desserts also include the enchanting profiteroles, featuring airy choux pastry filled with decadent cream and drizzled with luxurious chocolate sauce. The combination of textures and flavors in this dessert creates a truly magical experience for every discerning palate.

Whether you’re a fan of fruit-filled delights like the tarte aux fruits or prefer the indulgent richness of a chocolate soufflé, French desserts offer a wide range of options to suit every taste preference. Prepare to be enchanted by the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each sweet creation.

Decadent Classics to Indulge In

When it comes to decadent classics, French desserts truly shine with creations like the heavenly mille-feuille. This delicate pastry features layers of crisp puff pastry and velvety pastry cream, finished with a glossy glaze that beckons you to take a bite.

Another must-try classic is the sinfully rich chocolate mousse, a dessert that epitomizes French elegance and indulgence. Its airy yet decadent texture, paired with intense chocolate flavor, creates a symphony of taste sensations that will leave you craving more.

Let’s not forget the elegant and timeless opera cake, with its intricate layers of almond sponge cake, coffee buttercream, and dark chocolate ganache. This sophisticated dessert is a perfect blend of flavors and textures that will tempt even the most discerning dessert connoisseur.

Crème caramel is another French favorite that captivates with its silky smooth custard topped with a shimmering layer of golden caramel. The contrast between the creamy custard and the bittersweet caramel creates a harmonious balance that is as visually stunning as it is delicious.

For a taste of pure indulgence, try the classic chocolate éclair, a tempting treat that features a light and airy choux pastry filled with rich chocolate pastry cream and topped with glossy chocolate icing. Every bite is a delightful experience that embodies the essence of French pastry perfection.

Delicate Pastries and Confections

Delve into the world of delicate pastries and confections with French desserts that showcase the artistry and precision of pastry chefs. From the ethereal meringue-based dessert known as île flottante to the buttery delight of a palmier, each bite offers a glimpse into the refined elegance of French baking.

Afternoon TeaExperience the lightness of a soufflé, a classic French dessert that rises to impressive heights with its fluffy texture and delicate flavors. Whether you opt for a sweet soufflé au chocolat or a savory creation, the mastery required to achieve the perfect rise is a true testament to French culinary expertise.

For those with a penchant for nutty flavors, the opulent Frangipane tart beckons with its almond-infused filling nestled in a buttery pastry shell. This traditional French dessert is a timeless favorite that embodies the comforting aromas and flavors of the French countryside.

Indulge in the buttery layers of a classic croissant, a staple of French bakeries that delights with its crisp exterior and soft, flaky interior. Whether enjoyed plain or filled with decadent chocolate, the croissant is a beloved symbol of French culinary excellence that should not be missed.

Regional Gems Worth Trying

Venture beyond the well-known classics and explore the regional gems of French desserts that vary from one corner of France to another. From the airy soufflés of Provence to the buttery kouign-amann of Brittany, each region offers unique delights waiting to be discovered.

Savor the delicate flavors of the Normandy apple tart, a rustic yet refined dessert that celebrates the bountiful orchards of the region. The marriage of tender apples with flaky pastry creates a harmonious symphony of taste that embodies the essence of French countryside cooking.

In Alsace, be sure to try the indulgent kouglof, a yeasted cake studded with almonds and raisins, then baked to golden perfection. This traditional dessert is a delightful sweet treat that pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea for a truly satisfying afternoon indulgence.

Travel to the sun-drenched south of France and treat yourself to the luscious calisson, a diamond-shaped confection made from candied melon and almonds, then topped with a thin layer of royal icing. This Provencal specialty is a unique combination of sweet and slightly tangy flavors that will transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean coast.

Savor the Sweet Taste of France

As you savor the flavors of these exquisite French desserts, you not only indulge in a culinary experience but also immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of France. Don’t miss the chance to taste these delicacies on your next culinary adventure!

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Bask in the Aroma of Delicious Freshly Baked Goods

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The Launch of the Manna Bakehouse should get you excited

Since we moved to our bigger space, the launch of the Manna Bakehouse was our main priority. Manna has always been known for their great bread and cakes, but now we’re stepping it up a notch…

"Nothing beats the smell of walking into a space where something has just been freshly baked"

One of the main reasons for us moving to a new location is that our vision for Manna has outgrown the space we were in. 

We needed some more space to focus on all the great ideas we had running around in our minds. 

One of them was the launch of the Manna Bakehouse.

Manna has been baking their own bread for a long time, apart from a small gap in time during the Lockdowns. When we moved to the new premises, it took us a while to find a new baker with the necessary skills to start that up again, but we did, and we are baking our own amazing breads again.

In the meantime, the owner Agnés, has found a love for the sweeter side of baking!

She loves experimenting with new techniques and the desserts and sweet, baked goodies from her is sensational!

 

 

Manna Bakehouse
Our Delicious Canelé

With the launch of the Manna Bakehouse, we hope to grow this new venture into seperate business as a part of our Deli and the “take-home” range that we are busy developing.

Agnés is happiest developing new recipes for incredible sweet treats, and these are also available on order for your special occasions, celebrated either at Manna or at home.

Feel free to contact us at any time if you are interested in any of these amazing creations. Please do give us a fair notice, because some of these incredible desserts take up to 4 days to create.

Our Bread and Pastries gets baked fresh daily and is available either in-store or via Uber Eats Delivery

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Share in our legacy with our Beautiful Cookbook

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After 9 Iconic Years, we decided to put it down on paper

The Manna Cookbook was a Passion Project that has been inspired by the feedback on some of our most iconic dishes, so you can enjoy them at home

Manna Cookbook

The Manna Cookbook was the brainchild of Agnés, and a homage to Chef Johnny and the legacy he has helped start at Manna Epicure. 

The Cookbook is a collection of some of the most iconic recipes from every facet of the menu, from Sauces, to the extraordinary baked goods Manna became known for.

In The Manna Cookbook

We start the book with our Famous Bakery Section. Manna was long known for their exceptional bakery that featured some amazing breads. For awhile we stopped, but since we are at the new space, we started baking our favourites again. 

One of the most popular recipes you’ll find in this section is undoubtably our Famous Coconut Bread, which alone makes this book worth the Purchase price.

Next, we have the Afternoon Tea Section and all the necessary baked goodies that usualy goes with that. For more information on our Afternoon Tea Offering, CLICK HERE.

The Menu

After those, we get to our Menu along with all the Classic Dishes from us that inspired the creation of the Manna Cookbook.

Lunch MenuWe start off at the beginning, with a collection of our Starters and Salads, in true South African and French Fusion style. We continue the culinary journey with Classics like our Baked Camambert , Skaapstertjies, Escargot Persillade, our Caesar Salad, along with our famous steak tartare that gets prepared tableside – all that still features on our Menu.

Moving on to the Iconic Manna Dishes, we see the recipes for our famous, classic Beef Bourginon, along with dishes like our Moules Marinière, Sticky Pork Spare Ribs, along with our Phenomenal Chateaubriand.

Manna CookbookNo Menu is complete without all the Sides and Sauces that elegantly rounds off every dish. From a Simple Beurre Blanc,  to the complex and velvety Red Wine Jus, all of our most popular sauces and dressings are available in the Manna Cookbook.

But it’s not just the Sauces, but also the Sides that compliments every dish on our Menu. Our Legendary Potato Gratin and our Onion Rings that looks like Doughnuts also features here, even though we weren’t sure about giving away our secrets to these…

And last, but definitely not least, the dessert section featuring South African Classics like a Peppermint Tart and our famous Malva Pudding. 

It also includes cakes with the recipe of our Dark and Velvety Chocolate Nemesis being one of the best reasons to get the Manna Cookbook.

In Conclusion

Full of stunningly shot food pictures and incredible recipes, this cookbook is an absolute steal for only R385, available in-store at Manna. We only had a limited number printed and it will probably not be repeated again, and after quite a few suffered some water damage, we are running quite low on stock, so get yours before it is too late.

Spoil that special person in your life by giving them a book created with love and care, filled with dishes that invoke long-lasting special memories!

We’ll leave you with some of the incredible photography featured in the Manna Cookbook.

See these incredible dishes featured on our Menu below

Celebrate our new Manna Membership Program with us!

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After a Decade of bringing Joy, the Manna Membership is Finally Here.

Manna has brought you the best for the last 10 years, and now you have the opportunity to become part of our family with the Manna Membership

Manna have been around for a long time and has seen some incredible challenges and changes, but we’ve also experienced an incredible journey. This has inspired us to create the Manna Membership to celebrate those that made it all possible – YOU.

Manna MembershipManna has gone from a young lady and over the years have grown up to become an elegant Dame. From Humble beginnings at the Top of Kloof Street, to the now Beautiful venue that we occupy on one of the most iconic Corners in Cape Town, the journey has been nothing less than remarkable.

We have developed the Manna Membership to celebrate the good people that made it all possible – our incredible guests. 

The Manna Membership program has been developed to bring our loyal patrons the best of what we had – and will have – to offer.

What the Manna Membership Entails

The following is a list of all the benefits that you as a Manna Member will receive:

  •  We kick it off with an incredible offer: Every time you refer a friend to join our program, you will receive 10%* of their membership fee to spend at Manna!
  • Even though we do not offer it anymore since we have moved to the new venue, as a Manna Member, you will receive a 50% discount on breakfast food before 9am everyday 10am on Winter operating times) even on public holidays.
  • A 10% discount on your total bill will apply for dining at any other given time.
  • All tables of 6 diners or more for lunch or dinner will be offered a bottle of manna’s selected MCC on arrival.
  • Members will be invited to all baking classes once launched (Value R500/class), 5 classes a year.
  • All members will receive an exclusive 20% discount on all merchandise bought during the baking classes.
  • A discount of 10% on all retail products including manna’s cookbook. (Manna is also launching its retail range soon).
  • Members will have first access to reservations for events hosted at manna before they get advertised, like wine tastings with the maker, Wine dinners, auction nights, Xmas Eve Dinner, New Year’s Dinner and any other exciting upcoming event.
  • All members will also receive a 20% discount on participating wine farms present on Manna’s Wine list when ordering wine  directly from the Farm.
  • No venue hire fee on private functions like Birthdays, Baby Showers, or Corporate Functions.

AND to sweeten the deal even more, if you become a member during July and August you will receive 5 discount meal vouchers of 20% each to gift to your friends! 

*Excluding VAT

What an INCREDIBLE list of benefits of joining the Manna Membership Program!

What do you Expect to Pay for all these Benefits?

Manna MembershipWe have thought long and hard on how much we would like to charge for all these incredible benefits, but because it is to say a heartfelt thank you to our loyal guests, we have decided to keep it ridiculously fair.

The YEARLY Membership, including all the Incredible Benefits, will cost you a measly R500 per month in a one-time payment of R6000 for the year, valid from the day of purchase for 365 days.

How amazing is that value!!

We do hope that you will take us up on this offer and accept this offer to show our appreciation for being here for us!

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Join us for a Wonderful afternoon Tea and Bubbly!

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Afternoon Tea is our favourite way to spend a lazy Afternoon

What a great way to Spoil or get spoiled! Coming for Afternoon Tea, starting with some South African Bubbles while enjoying some exciting sandwiches and desserts – all while sitting with the people you appreciate spending time with.

A great way to spend a lazy afternoon!

This is what the Afternoon Tea at Manna is all about!

When, Where and How

First off, your reservation for the Afternoon Tea needs to be made at least 48 hours in advance. 

Afternoon TeaAll the goodies are made on order and some of these exciting desserts require a lot of time to finish. Advance notice for the Afternoon Tea is essential to ensure an incredible experience.

The price per person is R275 and it is only available between 14h and 16h every day. 

Afternoon Tea is meant to enjoy with at least one more person, so we require a minimum of 2 people for the reservation.

What is Included

Along with a selection of Savoury Tartlets and Mini-Sandwiches, there will also be some incredibly exciting sweet desserts that comes from our Bakehouse. Agnés creates these innovative sweet treats herself and they are guaranteed to blow you away every time.

Afternoon TeaIncluded with these amazing treats, is a glass of Graham Beck, one of South Africa’s best Cap Classiques to compliment these amazing flavours. Along with that, you will have a choice of one of our fantastic teas produced and blended by Enmasse.

This is definitely an experience not to be missed! 

So what are you waiting for? Book your table HERE, or use the “Book Now” widget at the side of the page and book your fantastic Afternoon Tea experience at Manna Epicure Today!

Have a look at some of our other Promotions and Events Happening at Manna

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