The Thienot family takes over a share in L’Aventure Winery, a vineyard created in 1998 by Frenchman Stephan
We love food and wine pairing. With Easter, it had to be chocolate!
Here’s a fantastic recipe created by Dourthe’s chef, Frederic Bozzo: Chocolate macarons and red berry fruits paired with Essence de Dourthe.
Frederic has been the in house chef at Dourthe since 2000 and is constantly looking for new pairings – Enjoy this food and wine matching!
Chocolate macarons and red berry fruits
Preparation time : 1 hour
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 250g dark chocolate cut into pieces
- 30g plain cocoa powder
- 250g ground almonds
- 375g caster sugar
- 25cl fresh cream
- 2-3 egg whites (depending on size)
- 50g butter
- Red fruits to garnish
- Raspberry coulis
Preparing the macarons
In a stainless steel mixing bowl, beat the ground almonds, egg whites, sugar and cocoa powder. Work with a wooden spatula to add volume – the mixture should neither be too dry nor too wet to ensure the macarons keep their shape.
Place a silicon baking sheet on an oven tray. Using an icing bag fixed with a small round nozzle, make 8 small rounds of mixture, leaving space between the discs.
Cooking the macarons
Moisten with a pastry brush before transferring to the oven to create the crackle effect.
Cook in a preheated oven at 150°C for 8-10 minutes until set.
As soon as the macarons come out of the oven, pour a small amount of water onto the baking sheet; the steam will help loosen the macarons from the tray.
For the chocolate ganache
Bring the cream to the boil in a pan, take off the flame and blend in the chocolate pieces. Whisk well to obtain a smooth, even consistency. Add the butter and allow to cool.
As soon as it’s cold, whisk vigorously until the mixture becomes clear and smooth.
Fill the macarons with chocolate cream and arrange on a plate with raspberry coulis and red fruits to garnish.
Food and wine pairing: Essence de Dourthe
Without a shadow of doubt, Essence de Dourthe Dourthe’s ultimate masterpiece, is the perfect partner.
This powerful wine, with complex aromas of fruit and spice, generous and long, combines effortlessly with the freshness of the red fruits and intense dark chocolate flavours.
James Suckling article on Essence de Dourthe: http://champagnesandchateaux.co.uk/essence-big-boy-bordeaux-breaks-rules/
Top Tips from the Chef
Be really careful during cooking and check the temperature carefully to give the macarons good shape.