Cheese sandwich, France, French Confiture, Fruit Spread, Grilled Cheese, Martini, St. Dalfour, Vodka
Preserves. Conserves. Fruit spread. Whatever you call this, it’s delicious. This is not an advertisement. The St. Dalfour company of France has never heard of me. I just love this fruit spread. A lot. And not only because it is made in France. Just because it’s that good.
My sister gave this to me as a hostess gift when she came for dinner. I had never had it before. I would now be interested in buying stock in the company, but it is family owned so that’s out of the question. She paid $2.99 for it at The Christmas Tree Shop, and saw it a few weeks later at Walmart for $3.99. See – they don’t always have the best prices. You can order it online but it is more expensive, so do look for it in the grocery store or specialty/gourmet food shops.
- It tastes great and it’s made with100% fruit!
- No cane sugar or corn syrup added. No artificial flavors or preservatives.
- Sweetened with grape concentrate.
What’s not to love about that?
The Four Fruits Spread has seven ingredients – the four fruits, plus grape juice concentrate, fruit pectin, and lemon juice. I can’t wait to try the other flavors.
- They are a French company and they have a recipe section.
- They have a recipe for a Riviera Martini, which I will include at the end.
- One entire portion of the recipe section is devoted to…Jam and Cheese!
This is how I sampled the Four Fruits Spread – on a grilled Cheddar Cheese sandwich. I love the combination of cheese and fruit.
I grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches with jam which all of my friends thought was odd. They either dipped theirs in Ketchup or tomato soup. This is why I was so pleased to see a section on the St. Dalfour website devoted to jam with cheese, which is similar to jam with grilled cheese. I’m not alone!
The website also provides a list of which of their preserves they recommend serving with which cheeses. For example, they pair Black Cherry with Gouda, Pear with Brie, and Orange Marmalade with Feta. Yum!
As promised earlier, here comes the Riviera Martini recipe. I figured I should test the recipe, prior to posting, in case it was awful…
To a tall glass, add a spoonful of your choice of fruit preserves, 1 oz. of water, 1 oz. of your favorite vodka, and six ice cubes. (Absolut Vodka works nicely.)
Stir for ten seconds. (I was having doubts when I looked at this, but stay with me. It’s worth it!)
Pour into a martini glass. (I opted for a wine glass because I’m walking around the house with it and I knew I would have wasted half of the drink by sloshing it over the edges in a martini glass.)
This is now my favorite drink. Not joking. It’s not too sweet. Just a hint of fruit flavor. More fruit-flavored than the fruit-flavored vodkas, which I have tried and cannot taste the fruit in them. Ever.
And this could easily be a non-alcoholic drink. Just double the water and skip the vodka. Or use seltzer instead of plain water. Super cool and refreshing. Very few calories. Healthy. What more could you ask for?
Because the fruit spread has pieces of fruit and seeds in it, there are some dregs in the bottom of the glass. I suppose you could strain it. I don’t know whether or not this stuff in the bottom of the glass will bother me, but I haven’t reached the bottom of the glass yet. I’ll let you know.
To your health! À votre santé!
French Twisted Woman
P.S. This is not an advertisement. The St. Dalfour company of France has never heard of me. I just love this fruit spread. AND THE MARTINI. A lot.
I’m a cheese and jam on toast girl too. Don’t have a clue where I picked up – and I had this habit before I moved to UK … my friends think I’m bit odd too, but I just eat as normal toast. Take out the vodka, just must be kidding, but much for fruit drinks expecet Campari and Grapefruit juice – but that I only drink in Biarritz. Vodka & Tonic my all time favorite. Thanks for an entertaining post.
One set of great-grandparents was from Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England. Maybe that’s why my family likes grilled cheese with jam. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading and commenting. Merci!
Can’t remember where I got it from, but I enjoyed before I moved to UK and Ireland. Love any cheese with sweet.
Stepping My Way to Bliss said:
I never have tried fruit on my grilled cheese but it makes perfect sense! I will have to try it after the wedding. As for the martini, that sounds yummy too…I think I will try it with Pellingrino. Do you think the Dalfour is better than Bonne Mamman?
I love Bonne Maman! I use it in my Brie en Croute recipe. However, what I like about the St. Dalfour is the lack of sugar. On the Bonne Maman label, the first three ingredients are apricots, sugar, and cane sugar. The St. Dalfour is different because it’s not as sweet. It’s still naturally sweetened by the grape juice concentrate, but doesn’t have the sugary sweetness that we are used to in jams and jellies. The fruit flavor stands out more than the sweetness, if that makes sense. It’s a nice, healthier alternative but I will not be parting with my Bonne Maman any time soon. Merci! Amusez-vous à la mariage. Je voudrais voir beaucoup de photos!
babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin said:
enjoyed your post…new things intrigue me…~mkg
Thanks for commenting. I really had doubts about the beverage but I want to try it today sans alcohol. It’s a new thing that is intriguing to me, too! Merci!