I’m making Pinot Noir brownies to take to my friend Suzy’s house for dinner tonight. I was excited for the invitation because we rarely get ever them – I’m pretty much the cook and hostess in my circle of friends so it’s usually us doing the inviting – and hosting.
Tonight, my only responsibility for the evening is to show up with dessert. That’s it! No house cleaning today or after dinner clean-up tonight. How cool is that? Knowing how much she loves it, I decided to make her something chocolate. AND, I’m cooking with wine. Pinot Noir, to be exact, and you know how much I like that! It really does go with everything.
Please excuse my clutter here as I share pics. I decided after I’d already started making them to break out my camera. Disclaimer: this isn’t my recipe. Also, I used the Pinot Noir Brownies recipe from a sponsored blog post on SugarDishMe.
I’m using a different wine than she did in her recipe, but purely for practical purposes. My husband opened up a bottle of Trader Joe’s Moon X Pinot Noir the other night and I used what was left of it in this recipe. I was pleasantly surprised by this bottle. The nose is subdued, plum, blackberry, oak spice, dark chocolate and cherry, so it’s pretty perfect for baking these brownies. Oh, that glass there? I might have had a little extra left over! What’s the fun in cooking with wine if you can’t have a little yourself?
When I took the brownies out of the oven they had all these lovely little nooks and crannies, so I spread a bit of icing over the tops with a pastry brush to fill them in. They are definitely decadent!
They’re rich, moist and fudgy, and while they’re probably good with milk or coffee, they’re fabulous with wine! Of course I had to taste one myself before taking them to dinner. My conclusion? This recipe is a winner!!!