If you choose to start cooking with wine this year, you can use this incredibly versatile product to whip up everything from mouth-watering mains to delicious deserts. In order to help you develop your wine-based cook book, here we reveal four amazing wine desert recipes for you to try in 2017.
If you want a light after-dinner dish, try wine-soaked pairs. Browse our Bordeauxs list, to find the full-bodied red this dish requires. You’ll need three cups of red wine, four pealed pears, half a cup of white sugar, juice from half a lemon, a split, seeded vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick, broken into half.
Start by pouring the lemon juice over the pears. Place the wine, sugar, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick into a small sauce pan and bring this mixture to boil. Add the pears in and let them simmer in this mixture for about 30 minutes and then let them cool. Finish by simmering the remaining mixture until it is reduced by half and then pouring it over the pears, to make a delicious dish which serves four.
You can use wine to make a range of scrumptious cakes. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, you may want to opt for Champagne cupcakes. You can find top Champagnes from Ideal Wine Company, with our list featuring brands such as Dom Perignon. To make a batch of 20 cakes, you’ll need six egg whites, a three quarter cup of Champagne, one and a half cups of white sugar, a two third cup of butter, one tablespoon of salt, three tablespoons of baking powder two three quarter cups of flour.
You’ll also need to make Champagne buttercream icing. This requires three tablespoons of Champagne, half a teaspoon of vanilla, a cup of butter and a three quarter cup of icing sugar. Start by preheating your oven to 175°C and putting cake cases into a cupcake pan. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, before sifting the flour, baking powder, salt and Champagne in. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and fold a third of these whites into the batter.
After this, fill the cupcake cases with the batter until they are two thirds full and then bake your cakes for around 20 minutes. Now turn your attention to the icing. You should start by beating together the icing sugar and butter with an electric mixer. After this is well-blended, add in the Champagne, before beating for another minute and then apply this icing to the cakes, to create unique little treats!
In summer, go for something that’ll cool you down, like wine popsicles. For this recipe, we’d suggest that you buy a bold Cabernet red wine. You’ll require three cups of red wine and water respectively. You’ll also need half a cup of white sugar, a cinnamon stick, eight black, crushed pepper corns, six whole cloves, four crushed cardamom pods and a two inch strip of orange zest, to make ten popsicles.
You should begin by heating the wine, orange zest, sugar, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom on a medium setting. You should stir the mixture and lower the heat, to bring it to a simmer, reducing it until you have a cup’s worth left. Then, remove the mixture from the pan, let it cool for 20 minutes, add the cinnamon stick, stir in the water and pour it into moulds. After this, you should add a popsicle stick to each one, before letting them freeze overnight and then voila!
Red wine doughnuts
For something filling, try red wine doughnuts! You’ll need a quarter cup of cocoa, sugar, milk, red wine and chocolate chips each. This recipe also requires a cup of flour, a tablespoon of baking powder, one egg, a pinch of salt, three tablespoons of apple sauce, a tablespoon of canola oil and a teaspoon of vanilla. You should also have half a cup of chocolate chips and gold sprinkles for the chocolate glaze.
Before preparing the recipe, preheat your oven to 230°C and grease a doughnut pan. Then, mix together the cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar and flour, before adding in the red wine, vanilla, apple sauce, canola oil, milk and egg. You should stir this mixture and then add in the chocolate chips, before pouring this batter into the pan and baking for roughly ten minutes. After this, melt down the chocolate chips and add the sprinkles to create a glaze which you can brush over your doughnuts!
With these four recipes, we’ve only just gotten started. You can browse various sources, from wine blogs such as Vine Pair to recipe sites like BBC Good Food, to discover a range of delicious wine dessert recipes to try. You may want to buy the wine needed for these dishes from Ideal Wine Company. With us, you can find fine wines from regions like Australia, Bordeaux and California at great prices!