Spring is here, and summer will soon be approaching fast. It’s almost time to start our diets to get into “bathing suit shape”, but until then, let’s live a little.
Bring On the Brownies
This classic brownie recipe (from TasteBook.com) is super simple - it takes about 30-40 minutes total from preparation to baking, and you may have these common ingredients in your cupboard:
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square pan. In mixing bowl, stir butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. Spread batter into pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Get Playful with Port
Port and chocolate pair together like Forrest and Jenny, who pair together like peas and carrots. But enough about veggies, it’s time for dessert! With this chocolatey deliciousness, you could go with either a Ruby Port or Tawny Port.
In some cases, Tawny Port has actually been worked into the brownies recipe for its nutty flavor characteristics. However, some Tawny Ports can be a bit expensive, so it’s best to stick with the younger, sweeter Ruby Port with your brownies. You also don’t have to be formal and grab a Port (or Porto) from Portugal – there are some excellent Ports being made from U.S. producers, including the Port pictured above (a blend of Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon) from d’Art Winery in Lodi, CA.
If you try out the pairing this weekend, please drop a comment on this blog.
The Hello Vino Team