Bonne Maman. It’s the first “real French” jam I remember tasting. I felt so sophisticated at around age 10 when I would slather my toast with the strawberry Bonne Maman.
I mean, I think it’s the iconic jars. They just immediately make you feel like you’re in France. Bonne Maman is my jam of choice when I am home in Canada and I am always on the lookout for different varieties when I travel in France. So I was thrilled to accept an invitation to host a Bonne Maman networking event – actually a donut making class at Le Dolci (one of their regular class offerings) – last week where a handful of my friends and I got to hear first hand about the wonderful selection of preserves, jellies, compotes and “light and fruity” spreads – all made in France using all-natural ingredients with no artificial colorings, no additives or preservatives. My co-host, Christine Tizzard, expressed what many of my guests had told me – that Bonne Maman is the only non-homemade jam in her kitchen – because it tastes as good as homemade!
As we sipped on Fresita (a sparkling wine infused with hand picked strawberries from Patagonia and the Andes Mountains – so refreshing!), Chef Lindsey from Le Dolci took us through the donut-making process…
And then the (arguably most fun) part – decorating!
I’m sure I was not the only person who left the event thinking that making donuts isn’t as hard as I imagined (well, it’s always easier when a professional makes the dough ahead of time!) and who can’t wait to use the leftover dough that’s currently in my freezer to wow some friends sometime soon! I can tell you the box of donuts went down quite a treat in the staffroom the next day and people told me I was welcome to bring these in anytime! Now to see about borrowing a deep fryer (and frying outside once the weather is warm enough!)… At least I know I have fabulous jams to fill them with !
Disclosure – I received compensation in exchange for organising and writing about this event. All opinions are my own.