Chocolate + Wine = True Love

Chocolate + Wine = True Love

According to the Smithsonian Institution, chocolate and love have been intertwined throughout history. Chocolate was a prized luxury good, as valuable as gold and used as currency, in Mayan and Aztec civilizations dating back to 1900 B.C. French kings and their courts at Versailles popularized drinking chocolate in Europe during the late 17th century.

Madame du Barry, the last mistress of King Louis XV, reportedly used chocolate mixed with amber as an aphrodisiac to seduce her lovers. British chocolatier Richard Cadbury staked chocolate’s forever claim as a Valentine’s Day gift in 1861 when he first packaged chocolate candies in heart-shaped boxes adorned with cupids and rosebuds.

If love and chocolate are the perfect pair, the same might be said about chocolate and red wine. There’s no more pleasurable way to end a meal than with a square of exceptional dark chocolate and a glass of zinfandel.

This Valentine’s Day, go for the trifecta: Make a chocolate and red wine cake for your sweetheart. This lovely cake is easy for even novice bakers to put together, it doesn’t require frosting (a bit of whipped cream is nice) and it’s both attractive and delicious enough for a special occasion.

Bryn Mooth is the author of The Findlay Market Cookbook and the editor of Edible Ohio Valley; she shares recipes and kitchen tips at writes4food.com.

Chocolate Red Wine Bundt Cake

It’s important to use a good red wine here – good enough that you’d drink a glass withthe cake. A dry yet fruit-forward red like zinfandel or shiraz would be nice.

serves 10

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup red wine

Powdered sugar for dusting

 

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