Due to my crazy, self imposed, blogging schedule, I was cooking up a slew of new recipes that weren’t exactly thrilling the persnickety family. But when I mentioned red wine brownies, the hubby perked up. He was obviously relieved he wouldn’t have to stock up on Oreos while I baked my way through the list. I was honored to be selected by Gallo to cook up something for the holidays with wine…and, of course, I went with something rich and chocolate. Who doesn’t go nuts for brownies?
Like salt, alcohol is a flavor enhancer. Have you ever wondered why Penne alla Vodka is so much better than just plain old pasta in a tomato cream sauce? You’ve got it; it’s the addition of alcohol. And wine is such a fabulous addition to so many entrees…most of the alcohol evaporates while the dish cooks, so it’s still a family friendly meal. So why not add it to a dessert? Pairing a nice red wine like Gallo’s Cabernet Sauvignon worked beautifully with the semi-sweet chocolate…the wine enhanced the chocolate flavor beautifully. The essence of wine is there, but it’s subtle. My chocoholic sons didn’t object one bit. Gallo described their cab as a “full bodied, dry wine with rich black fruit and spice undertones.'” Perfect.
Since our Thanksgiving pies were long gone, I was wondering how these brownies would work as one of the many sweets I churn out for Christmas. Each year, I whip up a variety of candies and cookies for our friends and neighbors. Some make an appearance every year like fudge and chewy gingersnaps. Whether others get made, like my noel nut balls and caramels, depends on what the cook is craving. Each family member has their favorite…and the baking and snacking has become an important part of our holiday tradition. These brownies can be jazzed up nicely for the holidays…I found some cute sugar stockings at Sur la Table that easily transform a simple fudgy brownie into a festive treat. A few homemade cookies are such a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer…think about adding these red wine brownies to your holiday repertoire.
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ cup red wine (I used Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons cream
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8×8 pan and line with non-stick foil or use regular foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolate and the butter together in a heatproof bowl in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugars and vanilla. Whisk in the chocolate mixture and then the wine. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and whisk till smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
- While the brownies are baking make the glaze. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave till smooth, then whisk in the cream until well combined. Pour the glaze over the warm brownies and spread with knife or offset spatula to cover.
- Cool completely, then remove from pan using foil and cut into squares to serve.
And just look at all these amazing recipes using wine from Gallo Family Vineyards from my Sunday Supper friends:
- Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail by Foxes Love Lemons
- Mandarin Spice Mulled Wine by girlichef
- Cabernet-Shallot Mushroom Cheeseburgers by The Weekend Gourmet
- Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon by The Dinner-Mom
- Easy Cranberry Bacon Stuffing by Momma’s Meals
- Fettuccine with Italian Sausage and Mascarpone by The Foodie Army Wife
- Family Fondue by kimchi MOM
- Lemon White Wine Green Beans & Mushrooms by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Linguine with Spicy Red Clam Sauce by Supper for a Steal
- Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Moscato Gravy by Webicurean
- Moscato Orange Chicken with Olives by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Moscato Stone Crab Scampi by Family Foodie
- Mushroom Risotto by The Messy Baker
- Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Gorgonzola by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Red Wine Risotto by Shockingly Delicious
- Short Ribs With Pasta by Magnolia Days
- Pomegranate White Wine Panna Cotta by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Fudgy Red Wine Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Red Wine Chocolate Cake by Alida’s Kitchen
- Red Wine Velvet Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
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