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Decadent Chocolate Brownies W/ Port Cream Beringer Vineya

Author/Submitted by: Kerry Romaniello, Sous Chef Beringer Vineyards "The California Wine Country Cookbook II", compiled and edited by Robert & Virginia Hoffman, Hoffman Press, 11/93, ISBN #0-9629927-6-3, Dorothy Hair 7/10/94
Servings: 4
Categories: Brownies / Chocolate / Desserts

Ingredients:
4  ounces  Unsweetened chocolate
4  ounces  Semisweet chocolate
6  ounces  Butter, unsalted
1 3/4  cups  Granulated sugar
7    Eggs, beaten
1  tablespoon  Vanilla
1  tablespoon  Salt
1  cup  Flour
1/2  cup  Walnuts, chopped (optional)

----PORT CREAM----
1  cup  Wine, Cabernet Port
1  cup  Heavy whipping cream
1/4  cup  Sugar
1  teaspoon  Vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter an 8 inch by 13 inch medium baking pan.

2. Chop chocolate into bits and heat with butter in a double boiler until completely melted. Remove from the heat and stir in sugar to partially dissolve. Beat the eggs with vanilla. Separately stir the flour and salt together. Stir the eggs into melted chocolate, and then stir in the flour and walnuts just until combined. Do not over stir. Spread into the buttered pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes for soft brownies (40 minutes for chewier brownies.)

3. Cool completely before cutting and serve with a dollop of Port Cream.

4. Simmer the Port over medium high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup. Then chill.

5. Beat the cream until just thickening, then stream in the sugar, reduced Port and vanilla. Continue to beat to soft peak.

Wine Suggestion: Serve as a first course with Beringer Cabernet Port Wine.


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