In my last post, Days of Wine and Chocolate, part 1,
I promised more ideas for using up that leftover Valentine’s Day candy. In the meantime, I’ve had ideas about transforming it into something entirely different using the Pinot Noir I recommended pairing it with.
I know it’s not like me to have leftover wine, but I have been known to open up a bottle just for cooking – I can’t help that some of it might wind up in my wineglass! As I always say, cooking is more fun when paired with wine.
I didn’t actually create any new recipes for this post – what I did was scour the internet for a few good ones to share with you here and modified them slightly.
The first thing I looked for was a way to transform my chocolates into wine-filled candies. After a lot of digging, I found a luscious recipe for Chocolate Truffles with Red Wine Ganache. I made two changes to this recipe – first, I used leftover candies instead of chocolate chips, and I also used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I like the extra layer of flavor you get from coconut oil, plus in my wine-addled brain I believe it’s better for me.
A similar way to combine wine and chocolate is to make icing, such as the one in this Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze recipe from Bon Appétit. Once again, I used leftover candies in the glaze instead of the chocolates called for in the recipe.
You might wonder what the heck I’m doing with so much chocolate! The truth is, my darling husband bought me several boxes, and realizing that I didn’t care for some of them he went out and bought me more! They’re so rich I can only eat one at a time, which leaves boxes and boxes of chocolates sitting around begging to be used for something, so they’ve become experiments. I must say I’ve enjoyed having a surplus for that very reason – otherwise I’d probably never think to make anything like the recipes I’m sharing here (thanks, honey!).
I’ll share one more recipe today, and that’s for these Warm Chocolate Puddings. They looked so good, and I LOVE the idea of a chocolatey, warm, gooey, wine-filled treat! Instead of the melts called for in this recipe, I once again dipped into my chocolate stash and made these dark chocolate red wine truffles to use for the center. I must say sometimes I amaze myself!
I hope you’ll give at least one of these recipes a try! Cheers and happy baking.