Saturday 3rd of September

The summer is over ... 

    The what ?!?? already ?!?? 
Ah well, time for fresh ideas then ;-) We have started to play with agar agar to make a range of new tartes and tartlets that we now call Tartes Royales ( and maybe other things but say nothing for now ... *might involve Champagne*). 

The assembling is a delicate operation ... shortcrust base then pastry cream...then just flip over the jelly ... *simples*



Et voila!!!

Vanilla, rum and raspberry jelly with lemon buttercream Tarte Royale


And other versions:



Royales Tartlets with passion fruit jelly and caramel buttercream:




Have a jelly good week end!!!


What's Happening

Wednesday 13th of July 2016


   Here we go !!! 
   We have selected our 3 favourite photos, and it is now up to you lovely people to decide which one is the best and will win the competition we ran for the Laya City Spectacular week end (details in previous post) ... 



#akphoto1

#akphoto2

#akphoto3


   So this is where it's going to be a bit technical, to be as fair as possible to the 3 finalists ...so pay attention! ;-) 

    We will share one post on Facebook with #armelleskitchen 
https://www.facebook.com/ArmellesKitchen/


   For Instagram and Twitter, we will post the photos one by one with #armelleskitchen for each, and #akphoto1, #akphoto2, #akphoto3 so they can be found once they go down the timeline...
https://www.instagram.com/armelleskitchen/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/armelleskitchen


  All you have to do is like the photo you like the best. Of course retweets and shares are welcome, as long as the photos are liked directly (not the post or tweet) so we keep track!
Simples!!!


Get voting to pick your favourite, 
thank you very very much for participating everyone!!!
   
You have until Sunday 17th midnight to vote, 
winner will be announced next week ;-)



Friday 1st of July 2016

     You know the way we update our "What's happening" page and start by what's actually been happening, and then we tell you what's going to happen ???
Well this time we're doing it the other way around .... because ...

We want to give one of those away .... !!!!



(Not that exact one, it's already been eaten ... )

       We are taking part in the Laya City Spectacular on Merrion Square in Dublin next week end, and we thought ....you know what? 
Let's use that to make someone happy and have a bit of fun along the way ;-)

So here is how it will work*:

During the festival, take a photo with whatever you use to take pictures nowadays, of either: some of our pastries/cakes/macarons, one of us in action serving, our display, MrK bending down, the tartlet you just dropped on the ground by mistake, a random stranger eating one of our macarons.....
These are just examples , feel free to go mad ;-)))

Post that photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #armelleskitchen
Don't forget the #, this is how we will be able to gather all the entries !!!
If you are on neither of those 3 platforms, we will accept an email with the photo  attached of course.

The Laya City Spectacular is on Fri 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th, we will be there from 12pm till 8pm each day.

After Sunday evening, we will select the 3 photos we like the best. We will then give you lovely people the final vote, and you can decide which will be the winning photo.

The prize is a pyramid of 5 levels of macarons (That's 65 macarons), sitting on a 3 layers cake with proper French buttercream, 
flavours and colours to be chosen by the winner ;-) 

Because of logistics and where we are based obviously, we can only take entries where the delivery of the cake will be in Co.Dublin or Co.Kildare, or outside of those counties if the winner can pick it up (We can't post it like!!)
The prize will be valid for one year from Sunday 10th, and the winner will be able to chose when they would like to have it, as long we have a couple of weeks notice in advance, we will then make it to order of course ;-)

* Terms & Conditions & Common Sense apply


So that's for the "What's happening next week" bit  .... 

Dot ... Dot ... Dot ... 

Otherwise, here is what has been happening in photos:

The Wedding season is in full swing, and we love it!!!








Our newly opened shop in Dalkey is doing well 
and we are now serving ice cream too ;-)




And then with the nicer weather come the special events we like to do ... 
*spot the bakers*






See you at the 
Laya City Spectacular in Dublin!!!
Can't waaaiiiittttttt!!!!!

#armelleskitchen


Here is the link for all the info about the festival: Laya City Spectacular 2016





Wednesday 6th of April 2016

    Welcome to our monthly 
"what's happening in our cake world" fun ;-)

Talking of fun, March brought loooots of it:





And it also brought its own challenges of course ... ;-)



Bring on April, we're ready for you!!!


     We have a lot going on this month ...  

- Starting with taking a stall at the Whitewater shopping Centre in Newbridge tomorrow Thursday 7th of April and Friday 8th to celebrate their 10th Birthday. Happy Birthday Whitewater!!!

- We will also be taking part in the Bank of Ireland enterprise week end in Kilcullen on Friday the 22nd of April. 

- And we are also taking a stall at Kevin Dundon's cookery demo on the 28th of April in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane.

We will share more details as we get them, both on our facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/ArmellesKitchen/ )and twitter accounts ( https://twitter.com/armelleskitchen , https://twitter.com/kennyrorie )  keep following!! 


April already started with some fantastic news:


We are delighted to be selected as finalists in the SME Awards in the 3 following categories:
- Family run business
- Retailer (with mostly offline focus)
- Food & Drink - Micro to small SME (Sponsored by Irish Food Tours)

The SME Awards are sponsored by Blacknight Solutions, the whole list of the finalists can be found here:

The winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony presented by Rick O'Shea in the Radisson Hotel, Little Island in Cork on Saturday the 16th of April at 8pm.
Wish us luck!!!

You can follow #LoveSMEs on Twitter for the latest updates ;)


Keep Baking !!!



Whats Happening

Wednesday 9th of March 2016





Paddy's Day is around the corner...!!!





   Both our shops in Kilcullen (normal hrs) and Dalkey (10 to 5pm) will be open on the day-don't forget that there is a parade in Kilcullen this year!!

   Here is a little clue about some of the cakes we will have next week...

Pot of gold

Paddy's hat cake



   And of course  ... ... ... ... ... 


Irish Flag Macaron
   We will be doing a full range of cakes for the day, check out Twitter and Facebook for a sneaky peek at whats baking!


   After that it's already Easter...!

   For the first time we will be doing Easter Logs....yes you read right :-)

   Rolled sponge with French Buttercream and Easter decorations.
(We can also do them gluten free, just ask when ordering ;)


Easter Log

   They are 20cm or about 6 to 8 slices, we will be doing them in a choice of Vanilla, Lemon, Chocolate, Praline or Raspberry (€18 each)-Order early to avoid disappointment....

   Obviously we will be entering Easter decoration madness...We are already working on ideas to do a whole bunch of mini cakes at their usual price of €2 each




Bunny mini cake

Chick mini cake







   Have a good week!!!!!














Whats happening

Thursday 11th of February 2016


It's almost Valentine's Day!

Valentine Heart Macarons

For the macaron lover in your life we are doing heart shaped ones this week ... 
We have more treats on the way 
but we can't tell you just yet ...
Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook!!!


Last weekend we opened our second shop in Dalkey (Whoo Hoo!)

Our very first customers were Siobhan (@carnsoreboxer) and her friend Mary who braved the weather on their cycles to come over and say hello and wish us luck with the new shop

Bonjour Ladies!!! ;)
It looks lovely in the evening ;)

View from the new shop over the Tramyard

Jane, Armelle and I would like to send you all a Big THANK YOU!!! 
for your continued support 
and lovely wishes as we move forward ;-)










What's happening

Friday 22nd of January



We're opening a 2nd shop!!!

     If you are following us on Twitter or on Facebook, you already know the news obviously, as we have been keeping everybody waiting to hear the location of the new opening ... 



*Drumrolls*

We're opening by The Tramyard 
in Dalkey!!! (Co.Dublin)




It's a beautiful spot and we're really looking forward to meeting everybody over there!

 Friday 5th of February!!!

We will then be there on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We will keep on doing the baking in our kitchen in Kilcullen, in the hopes of rearranging the shop by The Tramyard in Dalkey in the coming weeks as we go along, to be able to do the decorating over there too.


So the pinking out has started ... !!!







More photos to come very soon ;-)

To whet your appetite, here is the link to The Tramyard 's website:


Thank you for your continued support ;-)

What's happening

Wednesday 6th of January 2016


It's the Epiphany!!!
Which can only mean one thing:
Galette des Rois!!!!
 ... King Cake



     Here is a little background from Wikipedia that explains perfectly well the tradition and the madness that happens around it in France every January:

"The cake traditionally celebrating Epiphany in France and Quebec is sold in most bakeries during the month of January. Three versions exist: in northern France, Quebec, and Belgium the cake called galette des rois (which can be either circular or rectangular) consists of flaky puff pastry layers with a dense center of frangipane or apple. In the west of France a sablé galette is made, a form of sweetcrust pastry. In southern France—Occitania, Roussillon, Provence, Catalan where it is calledtortell—the cake called  gâteau des rois or royaume, is a torus-shaped brioche with candied fruits and sugar, similar in its shape and colours to a crown. This later version is also common to Spain and very similar to New-Orleans king cake.


Tradition holds that the cake is “to draw the kings” to the Epiphany. A figurine, la fève, which can represent anything from a car to a cartoon character, is hidden in the cake and the person who finds the trinket in his or her slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake. Originally, la fève was literally a broad bean (fève), but it was replaced in 1870 by a variety of figurines out of porcelain or—more recently—plastic. These figurines have become popular collectibles and can often be bought separately. Individual bakeries may offer a specialized line of fèves depicting diverse themes from great works of art to classic movie stars and popular cartoon characters. The cakes are usually sold in special bags, some of which can be used to heat the cake in a microwave without ruining the crispness of the cake. A paper crown is included with the cake to crown the "king" who finds the fève in their piece of cake. To ensure a random distribution of the cake shares, it is traditional for the youngest person to place him- or herself under the table and name the recipient of the share which is indicated by the person in charge of the service.
Formerly, the cake was divided into as many shares as there were guests, plus one. The latter, called "the share of God," "share of the Virgin Mary," or "share of the poor" was intended for the first poor person to arrive at the home."


   So here in the shop we are doing them rectangle with frangipane in puff pastry:
Big Galette (12/14 slices) €16
Small Galette (6/8 slices) €12

We are making some fresh ones every day, but when they're gone, they're gone!!
As always, if you place your order with us we will have it ready for you ;-)


Happy New Year 2016 !!! 


Wednesday 4th of November 2015



Halloween is over ..... boooooo!!!!!



It can only mean one thing .....

...


...


...





It's nearly Christmaaaaaaasssss!!!!!



The Christmas page is ready on the website, 
so get in touch if you would like to order early ;)