Chocolate recipes for Easter from Constance Lémuria

Our Executive Pastry Chef at Constance Lémuria, Yannick Tual has shared two of his favourite chocolate recipes for you to try at home this Easter.

Chocolate recipes from Constance Lémuria

Chocolate recipes from Constance Lémuria

Recipe 1: Easter chocolate cake

Ingredients (serves 4)

Coconut nougat sponge:

  • 350g egg white
  • 275g sugar
  • 150g egg yolk
  • 200g flour
  • 50g cocoa butter

1. Whip the egg whites and add sugar to create stiff meringue, then at a slow speed add the egg yolks. By hand with a spatula, mix in the sifted flour and cocoa powder.

2. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Bake at 200ºC for 15-20mins. Keep on a cooling rack.

Chocolate Chantilly:

Ingredients

  • 500g whipping cream
  • 150g dark chocolate (semi sweet)

1. Melt the chocolate and keep it warm at 45ºC. Whip the cream to soft peaks and then add the warm chocolate and stir fast.

Stock syrup:

Ingredients

  • 200g white sugar
  • 160g water

1. Boil ingredients together and then put in a chiller to cool down.

Cake setting

1. Cut the sponge cake in to an oval shape (different layers, different sizes from large to small to create an egg shape).

2. Start with the bigger layer at the bottom, moisten sponge with the syrup, then a layer of Chantilly, cover with another sponge layer and repeat until you finish at the top of the egg shape.

3. Let it set in the chiller for at least 12 hours then cover with icing and add Easter decorations.

Recipe 2: Half egg chocolate fondant

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 400g dark chocolate callebault
  • 300g butter
  • 2g vanilla essence
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 230g white sugar
  • 180g flour

1. Beat the egg yolks and whole eggs together with the sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla essence and the flour.

2. Melt the butter and pour onto the chocolate to let it melt and then add the egg mixture.

3. Keep in a container in the chiller to preserve or you can bake it straight away in a mold for 12-15 mins at 200ºC.

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Mauritius most popular for destination weddings

Mauritius is the most popular destination for an exotic wedding with the Maldives taking the top spot as a honeymoon destination, according to the Mail Online.

Destination weddings in Mauritius

Destination weddings in Mauritius

Based on research carried out by Kuoni, the Mail reports that Mauritius has knocked Sri Lanka off the top position thanks to recent changes which have made getting married in Mauritius much simpler.

According to the Mail report, many couples are choosing to marry in Mauritius while the Maldives was the best-selling honeymoon destination for 2013.

In a separate article the Mail Online says a new Kuoni report predicting travel trends for 2014 believes the Maldives will retain its position as the top long-haul destination for British holidaymakers.

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Cookery holidays in Mauritius

With the trend for cookery holidays growing year on year many holidaymakers are looking further afield to expand their culinary horizons.

Cookery holidays in Mauritius

Cookery holidays in Mauritius

Learning to cook the national food of the country you visit on holiday can be a fascinating insight into the place itself.

In a recent article for Gourmet Travel, Laura Archer recommended visitors to Mauritius take cookery classes to get a step ahead with the new trend for Mauritian cuisine.

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage guests are offered the opportunity to take cookery lessons with one of our world-class chefs who will introduce them to the use of local spices and flavours.

Classes are two hours long and take place in one of our professional kitchens. They are available to book right up to the day before.

The type of dishes you will learn to cook may include:

  • Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk
  • Chicken cooked with garam masala.

Classes at Constance Belle Mare Plage also include a 15-minute session with one of our experienced sommeliers who will offer advice on wines to pair with the dishes you have learnt to cook.

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Night diving in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi

Night diving in the Maldives

Night diving in the Maldives

Night dives are a unique experience for many divers, enabling even the most experienced to see the ocean in a new way.

Few places offer such stunning night diving as at Constance Moofushi, located in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, and regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world.

What you’ll see by night

At night, diving in shallow waters, with only the light of a dive torch, the multitude of colours from the reef and the life it supports becomes even more apparent, as it stands out against the blackness.

The atmosphere on the reef at night is also very different from that experienced during the day. Predators go hunting, prey flees while other fish sleep quietly in holes or crevices.

Night divers are more likely to see certain species such as the Moray eel or octopuses emerging from their holes to hunt at night.

The vibrant colours of the Indian Ocean

The vibrant colours of the Indian Ocean

Underwater firework display

Some sea creatures use bioluminescence as a defence mechanism by ejecting glowing chemicals from their body to ward off danger. These appear as clouds of light under water, creating a beautiful sight for the night diver.

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Ultimate luxury golf holidays in Mauritius and Seychelles

Discover the luxury of playing golf on the Constance championship 18-hole golf courses set in paradise Indian Ocean locations.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Savour the elegant luxury accommodation, refined fine dining, sumptuous spa and numerous activities and sporting facilities at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Our two championship 18-hole golf courses The Links and The Legend are home to the annual MCB Championship.

As a guest at Constance Le Prince Maurice you can enjoy:

  • Unlimited green fees at both courses
  • Blocked tee-off times
  • Unlimited bookings for tee-off times before arrival with our online concierge service
  • Free club cars
  • Free club rental if required
  • A non-stop shuttle to both courses from 7am – 7pm
  • A limousine service to courses is available
  • Access to our Marc Farry Golf Academy
  • A weekly complimentary golf clinic with one of our Academy pros so that you can time your lessons for when you want them.
Lémuria's incredible golf course

Lémuria’s incredible golf course

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The beautifully secluded Lémuria hotel on Praslin is an elegant combination of luxury and traditional charm. With beautiful accommodation, 5* fine dining and a soothing spa it offers a perfect island escape for golfers looking to unwind.

The golf course at Lémuria has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world with its terraced greens looking down over the stunning Anse Georgette beach.

The variation of the course will keep even experienced golfers on their toes as it goes from relative flat, tropical parkland surrounded by mangrove forest to jungle-clad hills making the mandatory club cars extremely necessary.

The famous 15th hole will take your breath away as you tee off from a spectacular height with views out across the ocean and watch your ball fall more than 50 meters to the green below.

As a guest at Constance Lémuria you can enjoy:

  • Free green fees
  • Golf equipment available to rent
  • Club cars available to rent
  • Pre-bookings of tee off times for the first 2 days of your stay before you arrive (for the other days, booking can be done on site with 48 hours notice)
  • Golf lessons for groups or individuals with one of our resident professionals
  • A ‘Discovery Package’ including a 2 hour lesson, a 9 hole lesson and a 45 minute massage.

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Journey into South African wine country Part 2

Continuing on the trail of our Constance sommeliers’ journey in South Africa to source some of the finest wines from the country to bring back for our guests, Jerome Faure reveals what they found on the final days of the tour.

South African wines: Jerome meets the team at La Vierge Wines

South African wines: Jerome meets the team at La Vierge Wines

Day 3

Having stayed at the Hamilton Russell vineyard in the morning we had a tasting of the Hamilton Russell range. Selected from 3 terroirs (Southern Right, Ashbourne and Hamilton Russell) the wines included the Chardonnay 10, 11, 12 Hamilton Russell and the Pinot Noir 10, 11, 12 Hamilton Russell. Amongst the white wines the 2011 stands out for its lively wine with a fresh taste and good minerals. For the reds the highlight was the 2012, an intense wine, complex with good concentration.

Staying in the Hemel-en-Aarde region next we visited Creation, where Swiss winemaker Jean Claude Martin and his wife Carolyn Martin of the Finlayson family create a wide range of wines which each nicely express the terroir.

From there we ventured to the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley to visit Newton Johnson, a family run business. We tried the 2012 wines from the new terroirs – Mrs M with sandy soil next to a river, Block 6 with a combination of sandy and clay soil, Windandsea with clay soil on the top of the slope. We found that the sandy soil gave the wines elegance and finesse and the clay gave roundness, structure and freshness.

Next we visited one of the Alheit Vineyards where the Cartology they produce may be the best wine in South Africa. Now in its third vintage it is a very exciting wine with complexity and freshness. At Alheit their ambition is to create the best Chenin of the Western Cape so the 2012 Radio Lazarus uses only old vines, 18 barrels from a single vineyard.

At Crystalum Wines we tasted the Pinot Noir which had body and structure but was still fine and elegant. The Chardonnay had a nice balance with finesse and complexity. Definitely a winemaker I will be following in the future.

Day 4

Staying in the breathtaking Hemel-en-Aarde Valley our last stop was to La Vierge Wines. A new winemaker joined this still very young vineyard last year and made his first vintage in 2013. Having worked for 10 years in Martinborough, his focus is very much on the terroir. During our tasting we discovered wines of elegance and finesse on top of intense fruit aromas. This is another winemaker to follow.

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