Girls’ Night: Wine and Dessert Pairing

A night in with our girlfriends is always a good idea, so we decided to host a dramatic wine and dessert party. Enjoying each other’s company over three different courses not only allowed us time to catch up, but we also satisfied our sweet tooth with some unique recipes. Spending time with friends is a perfect addition to our #FiestaSummerResolutions.

Wine and dessert pairings are the perfect excuse to raise a toast to our girlfriends.

Wine and dessert pairings are the perfect excuse to raise a toast to our girlfriends.

One of the best parts of the evening was getting the chance to unplug and connect with our friends in person while making some special desserts with our hands. There’s something comforting about getting back to the basics in the kitchen: the texture of the ingredients, smells in the oven and the satisfaction of enjoying a homemade treat.

 
Course 1: Lavender Rosemary Donuts Dipped in White Chocolate paired with Riesling

Fresh-cut lavender straight from the garden, used in Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe.

Fresh-cut lavender straight from the garden, used in Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe.

This savory-sweet recipe inspired the entire color palette of the evening, with new Fiesta Dinnerware color Slate serving up the backdrop to accent color lavender. Using fresh lavender and rosemary straight from our garden, our kitchen smelled like a dream.

The ingredients for these Lavender Rosemary Donuts are pretty in themselves.

The ingredients for these Lavender Rosemary Donuts are pretty in themselves.

A donut pan makes it simple to whip up some fancy donuts for your guests. We made Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

A donut pan makes it simple to whip up some fancy donuts for your guests. We made Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Sprinkling fresh lavender on the white chocolate before it sets makes a delicate presentation for Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Sprinkling fresh lavender on the white chocolate before it sets makes a delicate presentation for Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Homemade donuts are surprisingly simple to make. All you need is a donut pan and a few basic ingredients. We used a Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe from the blog, Gourmantine, and paired our donuts with a crisp sweet Riesling. What a tasty way to start the evening!

Course 2: Sangria Sorbet

We made this course the night before, so the sorbet had time to set. All it took was three ingredients (ok, four if you count water). Here’s how you make it:

1 cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 bottle sweet red wine (we used a red blend)
3 cups berries (we used raspberries)

Fresh raspberries are the headliner in our Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Fresh raspberries are the headliner in our Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. If you still have chunks of fruit, blend in a blender or food processor. Since we used raspberries, they pretty much dissolved. Push mixture through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.

Strain raspberry and wine mixture to remove seeds and pulp for this Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Strain raspberry and wine mixture to remove seeds and pulp for this Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Pour liquid in a pan (we used the Fiesta Turquoise Loaf Pan). Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. To serve, scrape iced mixture with a spoon or ice cream scooper. Because this is a boozy treat in itself, we opted to pair our Sangria Sorbet with some authentic Cuban coffee. If you haven’t had true authentic Cuban coffee, you must. It’s what coffee is meant to taste like.

Sangria Sorbet -- what a refreshing treat.

Sangria Sorbet — what a refreshing treat.

Course 3: Flourless Chocolate Cake paired with Port

Get ready for this, we’re bringing you another three ingredient recipe. We couldn’t believe how three basic ingredients created this rich decadence. Eggs, chocolate, butter – that’s it! The prep is a bit involved, but well worth it. We found a fail-safe recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake at the blog, Gimme Some Oven. Paired with a port wine, the combination was sheer bliss.

The key to a light and fluffy Flourless Chocolate Cake is whipping the eggs until they double in size.

The key to a light and fluffy Flourless Chocolate Cake is whipping the eggs until they double in size.

Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Prepping the springform pans for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Prepping the springform pans for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Savor a piece of Flourless Chocolate Cake with a full-bodied port wine.

Savor a piece of Flourless Chocolate Cake with a full-bodied port wine.

Port is a sweet wine from Portugal that’s fortified with brandy. It should be served at room temperature. Port is typically served as dessert itself, or with other desserts or cheeses. Click here to learn more about port wine.  

Flourless Chocolate Cake served on a Fiesta Slate Saucer.

Flourless Chocolate Cake served on a Fiesta Slate Saucer.

What do you like to do when you host a night in with friends? Do you plan around a theme? We’d love to hear some of your ideas. Be sure to use #FiestaSummerResolutions in your post. 

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