Fruity, Chocolatey, Caramelly: Three Dessert Recipes with Perfect Wine Pairings

Different desserts
Photos by Con Poulos / Styling by Christine Albano

Dessert and sweet wines have a lot in common beyond sugar: Both, at their best, are packed with complexity and characteristics like brightness or bitterness to keep them from being cloying. Both are afterthoughts a lot of the time, too, and not just because of their place in the meal.

But that doesn’t mean they have to be. With winter nights at home looming on the horizon, we’re putting the last course and its sweet pairings in the spotlight. Whether your dessert preferences run fruity, caramelly or chocolatey, we’ve got a recipe for you paired with the right style of dessert wine.

tangerine curd mille feuille
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Ginger-Citrus Mille- Feuille with Earl Grey Ice Cream

In this recipe, the mille-feuille's ginger custard and tangerine curd are perfectly complemented by homemade Earl Grey ice cream.

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Butterscotch Panna Cotta
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Butterscotch Panna Cotta with Poached Pears

Flavored with butterscotch and covered in sourdough crumbs, this decadent dessert is not only delicious but it's easier to make than custard.

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fig tart chocolate
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Chocolate and Fig Tart with Homemade Jam

When it comes to desserts, it doesn't get much better than dark chocolate ganache layered in a chocolate cookie shell with pickled figs.

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Published on December 12, 2020