Sauterne, also known as sauternes, is a sweet dessert wine from the Sauternaise region of France. White in color, it is made from grapes that have been partially dehydrated before their juice is extracted. Sauternes is often served after dinner and alongside a dessert course, but if you wish to be a bit more creative, you could prepare a dessert using the wine. Here are three ideas.
Ice Cream With Sauterne Raspberry Reduction
This delightful dessert comes together in just a few minutes. The tartness of the raspberries tones down some of the sweetness in the wine while pairing perfectly with creamy ice cream.
- 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream
- 1/2 cup sauterne wine
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
Combine the raspberries and wine in a medium saucepan, and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes; use your spoon to smash the raspberries against the side of the pan as the mixture simmers. Remove the reduction from the heat, and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Spoon over bowls of ice cream, and enjoy.
If you love parfaits, this version will take your passion to the next level. This is a filling dessert, so consider serving it an hour or two after dinner to ensure guests have had time to digest their main course.
- 2 cups yellow cake, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/3 cup sauterne wine
- 1 cup vanilla pudding
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup whipped cream
Spread the yellow cake cubes out on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with the wine, being sure that each piece of cake gets exposed to at least a little wine.
Place a few cubes of cake into the bottoms of 4 parfait cups. Leave half of the cake cube aside for later. Layer in the vanilla pudding, followed by the blueberries, followed by the reserved cake, and then the whipped cream. Serve and enjoy!
Chocolate and Wine With Apples
The tartness of Granny Smith apples is the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the sauterne wine. Chocolate ties this dessert together.
- 2 granny smith apples, sliced thinly
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
- 1/4 cup sauternes wine
Place the dark chocolate in a double boiler, and heat it on low, stirring constantly, until it melts. Divide the apple slices between four cups. Pour a little wine over each one, and then drizzle the apples with melted chocolate