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Wine and....marshmallow peeps?

Posted by WineGeekJen, Mar 31, 2010.

I started thinking about what wine to take to Easter Dinner and could not stop thinking about how yummy a certain sweet red sparkling wine would be with some marshmallow peeps. Its red fruit flavors and bubbles would be delightful with the spongy, gooey candy--so I said heck with the ham! What is your favorite wine to pair with Easter and Spring treats?


Reply by amour, Apr 1, 2010.

Banyuls with dark chocolate, of course.

And how about a lovely Canadian Ice Wine from Pelee Island Winery or Chateau des Charmes.

Gregory Dal Piaz did a great piece on Banyuls in November.

Banyuls is like a tawny port in some ways.

A sweet fortified wine from the Pyrenees / France, it provides a most memorable experience when paired with rich dark chocolate in particular.

Reply by Cathy Shore, Apr 1, 2010.

Yes I absolutely agree - the wines of Banyuls and Maury are perfect with dark chocolate.  I have a rather biased view of Maury however having done a 'stage' down there about 6 years ago.  I was involved in green pruning during the summer months - working from 6 in the morning until lunchtime each day.

I served a Quady Orange  Muscat last week with an orange tart - that was a sublime match.

PX soaked raisins with great vanilla ice cream hits the spot too.

Oh and don't forget  Madeira m'dear!

Reply by amour, Apr 1, 2010.

ORANGE TART....never had one, as far as I know!

Thanks for that Cathy Shore !

Reply by Cathy Shore, Apr 1, 2010.

V similar to a classic tarte au citron except using a reduction of fresh orange juice and the finely grated zest of 4 oranges.  Baked in a sweet pastry case - served just slightly warm! Mmmm.

Reply by amour, Apr 1, 2010.

How kind of you.....You sent me, at this early hour in the morning,

into the realms of Prue Leith's bible and Sophie Grigson and Fay

 Maschler and my pal Nigella Lawson...our domestic queen!

Anyway, I was thinking that  your choice would also pair well with my

Orange-Chocolate Nut Torte which is a flourless sponge cake with

 ground almonds and pistachios as well as bits of chocolate....

Once again, thanks!

Reply by Cathy Shore, Apr 1, 2010.

That sounds delicious amour!  We may have to swap recipes - always on the look out for new things to try!

Reply by Carly Wray, Apr 1, 2010.

I'm suddenly loving the idea of Peeps with Prosecco ... I may have to try that out this weekend.

Reply by amour, Apr 1, 2010.

TORTE  (12  servings)

3quarter cup oj

2Tbs.Orange Liquer

quarter cup brewed coffee

1teaspoon pure vanilla

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped

6 eggs..large..beaten lightly

3 quarter cup butter  and 3 quarter cup sugar

chopped eight of a cup

oven 350......Line 9 inch pan /parchment

Place butter, sugar,oj,ol, cffee in pan/low heat

Stir...Remove...Add Vanilla, choc, Stir, Cool

Whisk in eggs

Bake 45 mins.  Until crust forms...set in centre

Refrigerate overnight

You could add a stawberry sauce and pistachios and decorate with more strawberries and cream  ENJOY....With Wine Only!

Reply by samantha gaw, Apr 1, 2010.

Snooth says moscato is good with meringue, which is basically what marshmallows are: Prosecco isn't too far off, and the bubbles+bubbles textural thing could be interesting.  What's the best color/shape of peep?

Reply by dmcker, Apr 1, 2010.

Great orange tart recipe, Cathy. How did you find (like) the Quady? Was it a gift from English friends? ;-) I've had a weakness for lemon tarts (have made a number of variations, including with yuzu and even marmalade, but not yours) over the past couple of decades. Marsalas, madeiras, PXs and b-as or t-b-as have worked for me, as well as grappas or even limoncellos accompanying espresso. Amour, I like the practical detail you go into with your recipes. Definitely more to bite into there, and something to welcome. Like the berries, but not sure about with wine ony, though....

Jen, do people actually eat those Peeps? I've always thought they were things to be looked away from rapidly, from fear of being sucked into some nasty acid flashback. And matching them with wine??? When some Nepalese immigrant invented and marketed them to surprising success several decades back I viewed them as both a vindication of the American dream, but one with a very serious twist exemplifying Mencken's adage about noone ever going broke understimating the taste of the American public.... ;-)

Reply by WineGeekJen, Apr 3, 2010.

Here's the REALY wierd thing about marshmallow peeps--my mom loves them, but she likes to eat them stale! I thought she was nuts, but I have met in the 10's of people who also like to thiers that way--bizzare.  I really am luke warm about peeps--they were the least important thing in my basket as a kid. Here in PA we have this little candy company called Sarris that makes the best chocolate ever so I always ate that and my Cadbury eggs first. Hmmm what wine should I have with my Cadbury eggs....

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