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Pinot Noir Chocolate Brownies

Image: Barb Kiebel

Deep, dark chocolate from Creative Culinary is accented with pinot noir in this decadent adults-only dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp pinot noir wine
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli sweet ground cocoa
  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 6 oz chocolate glaze*

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs with the sugar and vanilla, then add the butter and wine.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, stir the cocoa with the flour, baking powder and salt.

  4. Combine the two mixtures together, and add the walnuts.

  5. Spread onto a greased 8-inch-by-8-inch pan.

  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

*Chocolate glaze: Melt 4 Tbsp unsalted butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and add 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, 4 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar and 3 Tbsp pinot noir wine. Keep low heat, stirring often, until mixture is smooth (don't let it boil). Spoon the hot glaze over the brownies, and let stand for at least 1 hour; 12 hours is best.