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Pairing Wines With Dessert Part 2

When Julian from Vino In Love  and I first started talking about dessert wines and pairing wines with desserts I was so excited and thrilled that he agreed to collaborate with me on this. I sent him a list of desserts that I posted here on my blog and asked him to pair wines or spirits with the desserts. Here is the list and I can’t wait to try each of these. I am learning a lot from the wine experts that I am now following and I look forward to each of their posts. All of the desserts below are featured on my blog, to get the recipes just click on desserts on the category cloud. I didn’t include the recipes on this post because this is about the wine that you would eat with the dessert. You can pair the wine below the photo with a similar dessert without using the exact recipe. To locate these wines you can use this handy dandy tool or do like I do, contact your local wine merchant and see if they have them, if not, hopefully your favorite wine shoppe is as wonderful as mine and they can locate these wines for you. Below is the photo of the dessert and Julian’s excellent recommendations. Thank you so much Julian for helping me with this it was so much fun and a real learning experience for me and I hope for all those that follow my blog. Thank you!

Baked Pears

Baked Pears

Stuffed pears en papillote + Donna Fugata – Passito di Pantelleria (intense white sweet wine from Sicily) More info on Donna Fugata:

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Fig and goat cheese tart + Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto della Valpolicella (red sweet wine from Veneto. Produced like Amarone but tastes even better.) More information:

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk panna cotta with mosto cotto Champagne grape syrup  + Ceretto – Moscato d’Asti (light, sweet sparkling wine from Piedmont. More information on Ceretto:

Pasto Ciotti

Pasti Ciotti

Pasticciotti filled with vanilla cream + Moscato di Trani or with a Passito di Trani (Sweet (sparkling) wine from Apulia; the same region where Pasticciotti are from). Here is a link for information on the wine:

Semolina Olive Oil Cake

Semolina Olive Oil Cake

Semolina olive oil cake +  Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto di Soave (white sweet wine from the Veneto) Here is more information on this wine from Julians site:

Fire On Ice Light and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta

Fire On Ice Light and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta

Spicy chocolate panna cotta + Cognac (Brandy from France) NOTE from Suzanne: I am so glad that Julian paired this with cognac, I have been doing something right. I like to serve cognac with this type of dessert, I have Pierre Ferrand Cognac (It’s wonderful with this).

Bake Together-Buttermilk Panna Cotta With Mosto Cotto Champagne Grape Syrup

Bake Together Buttermilk Panna Cotta

First let me say I LOVE panna cotta, and I was so happy to see this bake together didn’t involve a hot stove, not that I don’t enjoy baking, I do, really do, but it’s been so hot this is a welcome change.Abby’s Ricotta Panna Cotta with Raspberry Syrup is divine, the use of ricotta is brilliant.

The lovely people at Marx foods sent me a bottle of Mosto Cotto and I have been toying with idea’s on how to use it and the first thing that came to mind when I received it was somehow incorporating with panna cotta. First let me explain what Mosto Cotto is, it’s an Italian syrup naturally sweetened, made from Montepulciano grapes and Amarena cherries, it’s complex and utterly delicious. Tasting it, I thought it would go nicely with a tangy panna cotta.  Instead of using heavy cream and ricotta I used some full fat buttermilk,sour cream and a little heavy cream, a little less sugar than the original recipe called for and some fragrant vanilla. I saw some beautiful champagne grapes at the market and thought they would go very nicely in the syrup. The resulting dessert is a little tangy sweet and fruity.  If you don’t have this syrup you can make a cherry syrup using fresh cherries, I do recommend it though, it’s so delicious. Thank you Abby for the inspiration as always.

1 cup full fat buttermilk

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp gelatin

1/4 cup water

Add the water to a pyrex measuring cup or ramekin, sprinkle gelatin on the water and set aside until the gelatin blooms.

Add buttermilk, sour cream, cream, sugar and vanilla to mixing bowl and whisk until everything is blended, there are no lumps and sugar is dissolved.

When gelatin has bloomed heat in microwave for a few seconds to liquify, whisk into the buttermilk mixture.

Pour into serving glasses or ramekins (NOTE: if using ramekins that will need to be un-molded, oil the ramekins with cooking spray or neutral oil). Pour into glasses or ramekins, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Mosto Cotto Champagne Grape Syrup

1/2 cup Mosto Cotto Syrup

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup champagne grapes

zest of half a lemon

2 tbs good Italian red wine (OPTIONAL) A slightly sweet and fruity wine is good. I used  Il Conte Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Add syrup to small saucepan, now add lemon zest and sugar and heat until sugar dissolves, add the grapes and cook for a few minutes, I cooked for approximately 3 minutes on med heat (You don’t want the heat too high). the grapes will start to break down a little. Remove from heat, pour through a sieve mashing the grapes (add optional red wine now) and refrigerate until ready to use. You will probably have leftover syrup, make some drinks, it’s wonderful with sparkling water served ice cold.

To Serve:

Pour cold syrup on top of the panna cotta and serve. If un-molding ramekins, put a few inches of hot water in the sink and sit the ramekin in the sink for about 5 seconds run a small flexible offset spatula or butter knife around the panna cotta to loosen the sides. Invert onto serving plate and spoon syrup over panna cotta.

Fire On Ice-Light And Dark Spicy Chocolate Panna Cotta

Fire On Ice Light and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta

This recipe is for a Marx Food Contest “Fire On Ice”.  The challenge is to prepare a cold dish using chillies, Marx Foods sent a beautiful assortment of dried chillies, an exciting array of different types with varying degree’s of heat. I thought Ice cream, beverages, gazpacho but wanted to do something with chocolate that was cold but not frozen. Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts, cold and creamy a perfect summer dessert. I have some nice dark and milk chocolate so I thought I would make a duo of panna cotta using both types of chocolate and use different chillies for each. The milk chocolate is more delicate so I used cascabel chillies which are very mild and for the more assertive dark chocolate I used guajillo for a more intense flavor and heat. I garnished with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream sprinkled with a pinch of the chile powder that is used in each dessert. It’s cold, creamy and spicy and absolutely delicious. You can see the pieces of the chillies because I did a course grind,  you get a little zing in each creamy bite and the flavor of the chile is front and center.  Serve nicely chilled.
2 cascabel chillies
2 guajillo chillies

1 3/4 cup heavy cream divided

1 1/4 tsp powdered or granulated gelatin
2 tbs sugar
pinch of salt
1 1/2 oz good quality milk chocolate
1/1/2 oz good quality semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate
2 tsp ground guajillo chile powder (for dark chocolate)
2 1/2 tsp ground cascabel chile powder (for milk chocolate)
Heavy cream sweetened and whipped for garnish
Heat skillet until hot, add the whole chillies and pan roast to dry approx 7-8 minutes turning frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.
When cooled remove stems and seeds and grind each chile separately into a powder. (NOTE: I did a more course grind I wanted small pieces of the chile so every spoonful is a surprise)  Set aside.
Two 5 oz ramekins or four 3 oz ramekins, oiled or sprayed with neutral oil or cooking spray.
Chop chocolate and set aside.
 in small ramekin or bowl pour in 1/4 cup heavy cream and add the gelatin. In larger bowl pour some very hot water (only a few inches). Place ramekin with cream and gelatin in the hot water and let sit. Meanwhile in medium saucepan pour in 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, the sugar and salt and heat to boiling and immediately turn off the heat. Stir gelatin until dissolved in the cream. Divide the heated cream from the saucepan evenly into two bowls. Add the milk chocolate to one bowl and the dark to the other. Let sit for 5 minutes then whisk to combine, the chocolate should be completely melted, divide the gelatin evenly between both bowls,and whisk to combine.  Pour one of the bowls through a sieve into measuring cup with a spout so that it’s easier to pour into ramekins. (I used one measuring cup and did each separately), now stir in the chile powder the guajillo for the dark chocolate and the cascabel for the milk chocolate, pour into ramekin (s). Repeat with the second bowl.
 Let come to room temperature then cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight. When ready to serve set each ramekin in hot water for approximately 4-5 seconds. Run butter knife or small flexible offset spatula around the custard to loosen and invert onto serving plate. Serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream sprinkled with a little left over chile powder.

Cold, Creamy and Spicy