This weekend for the Dude Food party, I was in charge of dessert. I had seen a couple recipes in Cooking Light that I wanted to try and this was the perfect time. They were amazing! The first was a Dark Chocolate Mulled Wine Sauce that we served over vanilla ice cream. Perfection! It was so easy and so flavorful and perfect for the meal.
Dark Chocolate Mulled Wine Sauce
1 cup cabernet sauvignon or other dry red wine
1/2 cup sugar
1 sachet Mulling Spice Blend (recipe below)
1/2 cup Mexican chocolate cocoa powder
1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes. Discard sachet. Add cocoa and corn syrup, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Simmer 2 minutes; remove from heat. Add chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Cool to room temperature. Makes 2 cups.
Mulling Spice Blend
2 teaspoons whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 (3 x 1-inch) strip orange rind
Combine all ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.
This sauce was amazing. I tweaked the recipe to use the Mexican chocolate powder because I like the hint of spice that it has. You could taste the wine, the spices, and the mulling blend and they all worked so great together. A little goes a long way, so you can make a batch and it will last a long time. And 2 tablespoons only has 80 calories and adds so much more flavor than regular chocolate sauce!
MAKE THIS SAUCE! Coming up tomorrow is a recipe for Chipotle Peanut Brittle!
How Can You Go Wrong with Chocolate and Wine?