Chocolate and Wine for Valentine’s!
Valentine’s Day is coming, and you know what that means… chocolate and wine!!
Oh, sure. It means love and little flying babies with weapons and cards and sometimes flowers. Yeah. But it also means chocolate and wine!
And we saw this.
Wipe your chin.
That masterpiece is Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles via Well Plated by Erin. And it really hit us right in the chocolate-and-wine-craving feels. She writes:
…I’m hoping you’ll agree with me that red wine truffles deserve to be in the running for ultimate Valentine’s dessert. They’re rich. They’re romantic. They’re naughty enough to be exciting, but not so naughty that I don’t feel like a lady at the end of the night. My perfect date.
And the best part is, you don’t have to be a master chef to pull this off.
Making homemade truffles is as simple as melt, stir, roll, with a little chill time in between. Honestly, it’s a little dangerous having this kind of power.
Recipe, via ImperialSugar.com:
- 8 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2 teaspoons Imperial Sugar Powdered Sugar Shaker
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
- Cocoa powder, for dusting
- Place chopped chocolate in a large mixing bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium high, just until it boils. Pour hot cream directly into the bowl with chocolate, then add wine, powdered sugar, vanilla and espresso powder. Gently whisk the mixture together until chocolate is smooth and melted. (If chocolate does not melt completely, place it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until it melts completely.) Cover bowl, then place it in refrigerator to set, 1 to 2 hours.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and dust cocoa powder into a wide plate or pie dish. With a small scoop, melon baller, or spoon, scoop chocolate and form it into a ball, then it roll in cocoa powder. Place on baking sheet, then repeat with remaining chocolate.
- Refrigerate truffles for 30 minutes to set. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.
Let us know how yours turn out!!
If you’re still craving chocolate and wine (we are), catch Valentine’s Chocolate and Wine at Girls Night Out on February 9, and learn about the different chocolate varieties and discuss the many health benefits of chocolate. Then enjoy a pairing of gourmet chocolates and various delicious Laurita wines!
And don’t miss Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend February 11 & 12! Enjoy an afternoon at Laurita Winery featuring generous samples of succulent chocolate inspired sweets which you can pair with our delicious estate wines!
Call 609.752.0200 for reservations!