Recipe For Café De Paris Butter

While we were overseas I received an email inviting me to the launch of Leopard’s Leap Culinaria range of wines. I requested that Dave be allowed to join me and I was so glad he could as I got to really taste the amazing wines from this new range.

Café De Paris Butter Crayfish
Café De Paris Butter Crayfish

Leopard’s Leap was conceptualized in 1999 to supply wines to the UK market. However, the supply to the UK market has shifted and now this region only covers 5% of their total distribution. The focus of the Culinaria range is food and wine and the wines have been developed specifically as food pairing wines. The labels are inspired by the French wine regions and the wines are influenced by the terroir. These wines, made in a South African style, showcase the elegance one would expect from a French wine. The grapes are outsourced from various regions around the Western Cape. When pairing food to wine it is important to consider the weight of the wine and the weight of the food and ensure that they match. It is also a good point to use similar flavour profiles in the food that exists in the wine. We started our tasting with the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Méthode Cap Classique (R95 per bottle) which was served with a tuna sashimi and horseradish salad with bubbly vinaigrette. The grapes come from the Franschhoek region and the bubbly is made in the same style as Champagne. The MCC is a combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. It is soft and dry and high in acidity and is best served very well chilled.

Méthode Cap Classique Served With A Tuna Sashimi
Méthode Cap Classique Served With A Tuna Sashimi

We then moved on to the 2012 Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc (R65 per bottle) which was served with West Coast mussels with café de Paris butter. Neil Jewell, the chef owner of Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant was given this recipe by his head chef in London when he worked there. I was so taken by this dish that I managed to get a second helping and the wine was so good I had more than 1 glass. Influenced by the Loire region, the grapes come from Voor Pardeberg. The wine is light on the nose and slightly acidic, with a hint of sweet. It is floral and that is complimented by the fresh herbs in the dish which help break the flavour chain.

Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc Served With West Coast Mussels
Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc Served With West Coast Mussels

Our next course was a pan roasted duck breast served with red wine duck jus served with the 2010 Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin (R89 per bottle). This Bordeaux style wine is a deep berry colour. The grapes are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and come from the Devon Valley. It is a smooth, well balanced food wine and not heavy at all.

Grand Vin Served With Pan Roasted Duck Breast
Grand Vin Served With Pan Roasted Duck Breast

The Rhone style wine followed and is the 2010 Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Shiraz Grenache (R89 per bottle). It was served with a lamb tagine. The grapes are sourced from Bot Rivier and the wine is made up of a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Cinsaut, the latter coming from the Perdeberg. The wine is light on the nose and exhibits a medium palate. This is due to the fact that these grapes ripen at a lower alcohol level.

Shiraz Grenache Served With A Lamb Tagine
Shiraz Grenache Served With A Lamb Tagine

The 2012 Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Pinot Noir Chardonnay (R69 per bottle) was paired with a lemon marmalade polenta cake. This Burgundy style wine is made from grapes from Elgin and is a very light, coral coloured wine. As with the Bot Rivier grapes which are right next door, these grapes ripen at low alcohol levels. The wine can be served at different temperatures and needs acidic food.

Pinot Noir Chardonnay Served With A Lemon Marmalade Polenta Cake
Pinot Noir Chardonnay Served With A Lemon Marmalade Polenta Cake

Our last official tasting was the 2013 Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Muscat de Frontignan (R69 per bottle). The grapes are sourced from Bonnievale and the wine exhibits Turkish delight in the nose as well as rose water. This is an extremely versatile wine and it was paired with an apple, cranberry and almond pudding.

Muscat De Frontignan Served With An Apple, Cranberry And Almond Pudding
Muscat De Frontignan Served With An Apple, Cranberry And Almond Pudding

Speaking to Eugene van Zyl, the winemaker, I was pleased to learn that the wines can be enjoyed straight away or they can be left to lie down for a bit. I think the red wines will benefit from some resting and they have been put aside for us to drink in the future.

Extra Dessert
Extra Dessert

Now, on to the Café de Paris butter. Neil told us he adds egg yolks to the butter but I could not find that ingredient in the recipe. Also I was a bit worried about dry frying the onions but it worked! Neil recommends adding 4 egg yolks to 500g butter when making a flavoured butter – I only read this point after I had made the butter. I am going to have to try this again – any excuse really for me to enjoy this for a 4th time! I made the butter first and used it at home with whole calamari and some mussels. I then wrapped up the left overs in cling film, rolled it as tight as possible, secured the ends and stuck it into the fridge to use with crayfish. Last night I cooked off some onions with garlic and ginger in white wine and added a generous amount of the butter. I then pan fried two crayfish tails in the butter and served them with fresh basil, coriander and chives on a bed of pak choy. I have some left over and tomorrow night I am going to roast a chicken with the butter rubbed in under the skin.

Café De Paris Butter
Café De Paris Butter

Café De Paris Butter
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 20mls garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 15mls grated ginger
  • 2,5mls curry powder
  • 60mls white wine
  • 200g soft butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 gherkin, finely chopped
  • 5mls capers, finely chopped
  • 2 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 30mls flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Method
  1. Sauté the onions, garlic and ginger in a saucepan until soft and translucent
  2. Add the curry powder and dry fry for 1 minute
  3. De-glaze the pan with the wine and leave to cook until dry
  4. Set aside to cool
  5. Place the butter, gherkin, capers, anchovy, parsley and onion mixture in a food processor
  6. and blend until combined

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Disclosure: Dave and I were invited to attend this event. I was not required to write a blog post about it. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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26 thoughts on “Recipe For Café De Paris Butter

  1. What an interesting selection of wines!!!

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    1. And I got to take a bottle of each home!

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  2. I always like to experience new wines with the appropriate food matches. it looks like a wonderful evening of food and wine.
    …I am very curious about the flavour of the cafe de Paris butter??
    GourmetGetaways sharing the blog ♥ Cafe Aqua – Coffs HarbourMy Profile

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    1. You would have loved the evening. The butter has a slight curry flavour and I am going to make another batch with the eggs soon 🙂

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  3. Food and wine matching is always so fascinating. How lovely to taste your way through such a variety of wines and dishes.

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    1. It was such a great experience Sally 🙂

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  4. Tandy, I have never tried a recipe like this. I am thinking it would be nice, once our kitchen is complete, for a little anniversary celebration with my husband…thanks!

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    1. I think it will be a great celebration recipe!

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  5. Oh my! This butter is just loaded with flavors –delicious Tandy!

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    1. Thank you Anne 🙂

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  6. Thx to you i just known that the butter called cade de paris….hehehe..
    i like it served cold above a hot steak…

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    1. I am yet to try it at home that way!

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  7. That butter sounds completely amazing. I should think it would be gorgeous over a beef steak, too!
    Jenny Eatwell sharing the blog ♥ Curry baked chicken with Slow cooker split pea dhalMy Profile

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    1. I am going to have to try it with steak soon!

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  8. I adore cafe de paris butter Tandy and adding eggs is a new idea for me! 🙂 And South African wines are among my favourites too!
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ Three Citrus MarmaladeMy Profile

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    1. I am curious to see how the eggs work so I have a good excuse to try this again 🙂

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  9. What a lovely range of wine and the butter sounds heavenly.
    🙂 Mandy xo
    Mandy – The Complete Cook Books sharing the blog ♥ Comment on Farewell to a dear uncle by thecompletecookbookMy Profile

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    1. the wines are amazing, but the butter is the best 😉

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  10. Mmm that butter sounds fabulously flavored and quite addictive!

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    1. it is very addictive!

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  11. Your lobster with that butter sauce looks amazing. I have not heard of leopards leap but will now keep my eyes open.

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    1. They export quite a lot of their wines so I am sure you will be able to find some over there!

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  12. A very good and professional revue. Thanks for the recipe for the butter, it is something I can’t wait to make.

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    1. Thanks Cin, I love this butter and am going to make my own version next time 🙂

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  13. Oh you lucky, lucky lady – I enjoy wine (as you probably know!) and South African Wines are up there in my favourites!

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    1. And these ones are particularly good!

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