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Homemade Mulled Wine

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With the holidays approaching and cold weather outside, it is the perfect time to turn on your fireplace and enjoy a cup of smooth, full-bodied homemade Mulled Wine. It is an old fragrant European concoction that is consumed during the Christmas Season, starting with the first of Advent and is served hot, traditionally at German Christmas Markets. It makes a nice drink also on New Year’s Eve.

You will need:

  • 1/4 liter red wine (1 cup), like Burgundy or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or 1 slice of a lemon (rinse the lemon before use)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice or 1 slice of an orange, optional (rinse the orange before use)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • pinch of ground clove
  • pinch of ground anise or 1 star anise, either one – not both
  • 1 tablespoon rock sugar (or 4 teaspoons white granulated sugar) or to taste

This recipe makes 1 cup of Mulled Wine. Multiply the recipe for more. If using very dry wine, you might want to add more sugar to taste.

Directions:

Heat the red wine with the rest of the ingredients in a pot over medium/medium low heat until very hot, but do not allow the wine to come to a boil, for about 20 to 30 minutes. Sieve the wine using a fine mesh strainer or spoon out any fruit slices or dried spices that are used and pour it into a porcelain mug or a glass coffee mug and serve it hot. Leftovers can be reheated. Store leftover Mulled Wine without any fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, or star anise.

Grab some Macaroons or Butter Cookies and a cup of hot Mulled Wine late in the afternoon. This heavenly tasty concoction is knock-your-feet-off delicious and warms up your body, heart, and soul!

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Tastelishes Cocoa Meringues


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These heavenly light and crisp cocoa meringues (also called Baiser in French) are a breeze to make and they literally melt in your mouth. Although they need to bake for 2 hours, the sweet reward is well worth it.

You will need: (Makes 20 Meringues)

3 egg whites, at room temperature
120 g white, fine granulated sugar or powder sugar (4.23 oz)
1 pinch fine salt
2 – 2 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 – 2 pinches of ground cinnamon (or very lightly heap the tip of a kitchen knife), optional

Pre-heat the oven to 225 Fahrenheit (100 – 105 Celsius)
Use a large baking tray covered with parchment paper

Beat the egg whites with an electric hand/stand mixer. Whisk on low for the first 30 seconds, then switch to the highest speed and beat for a total of 5 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and incorporate. Lower the speed a bit to add the sugar. Whisk on high for another minute. Add the cocoa and cinnamon and incorporate. You can either fully incorporate the cocoa or only roughly with a few strokes to create a marble effect. Fill the meringue into a large pastry bag with a tip attached (I used a flower tip). Pipe 20 meringues onto a large baking tray covered with parchment paper.  Leave a little bit of space in between. Bake in a pre-heated oven, at 225 Fahrenheit (100 – 105 Celsius) for 2 hours, on the middle/center oven rack. Each baked meringue is about 2 – 2 1/4 inches (5 to 5.5 cm) in size. They will be light and airy, crisp and crunchy, slightly softer inside. They literally melt in your mouth with a burst of flavor. When stored in a cookie jar or in an enclosed tupperware bowl, the meringues will last up to a few weeks.

To add even more flavor and crunch, you could pipe the meringues onto the baking tray/parchment paper and sprinkle some chopped-up pistachios over each meringue, then bake.

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Beaten egg white incorporating cocoa and cinnamon

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Beaten egg white with cocoa and cinnamon

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Piped meringue and a filled pastry bag with a tip attached

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Piped meringues (raw, not baked yet)

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For more information, kitchen basics, helpful tips, basic recipes, visit the website at Tastelishes. Tastelishes recipes feature both simple and extraordinary dishes that tempt the palate and delight the senses to create memorable moments that last a lifetime.

14 photo-illustrated themed Tastelishes eBooks showcase gorgeous, easy-to-follow recipes. Enjoy Life. Eat Tastelishes. Available at Amazon and Smashwords.

Tastelishes eBook with recipes to create gourmet-style appetizers like Blini with caviar.    Tastelishes Home Cooking with Natural Food.    Tastelishes recipes on baking fresh bread with a denser texture and a crisp crust, easy homemade sourdough and more.    Tastelishes recipes on cooking delightful festive side dishes.    Tastelishes recipes for cooking hearty and healthy soups.    Tastelishes recipes on refreshing salads and a homemade versatile tangy vinaigrette.    Tastelishes recipes for classic dips and sauces.     Tastelishes bakes the ultimate cupcakes like a Cappuccino Cupcake with a light Tiramisu cream finish or a Red Velvet Cupcake with a Black Forest-style topping, Nutella cupcake, Pizza cupake and more.    Tastelishes recipes for baking heavenly Dream Cakes like a light Bee Sting.     Tastelishes new recipes for baking trendy cakes.    Tastelishes recipes on baking classic cakes from scratch.    Tastelishes Sweets and Desserts. Recipes to create irresistible temptations.    Tastelishes eBook with recipes for cake toppings and fillings like Tastelishes crocant, buttercream and more.    Tastelishes baking Christmas Cookies and more festive baking.

All writing, illustrations, and photography is Copyright Tastelishes 2013, unless indicated otherwise, and may not be reproduced. All rights reserved.

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