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Petite Sirah Pairings Lavender-Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 oz Unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 Vanilla beans, scraped
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lavender buds (adjust to liking)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour

Directions

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees and pour yourself a glass of Vina Robles Petite Sirah!

  2. 2

    Line a 9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and grease with butter.

  3. 3

    In a metal or glass bowl, combine the butter, chocolate and vanilla seeds. In a saucepan, bring about an inch of water to a low boil. Place the bowl over the saucepan and stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Set bowl aside and let mixture cool slightly.

  4. 4

    In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Whisk in the chocolate mixture, lavender buds and salt, until mixture is evenly colored. Gradually blend in flour.

  5. 5

    Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. These brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center still has a few moist crumbs on it. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool and cut into pieces.

  6. 6

    Enjoy the Lavender-Chocolate Brownies with Vina Robles Petite Sirah!

  7. 7

    Hint: Use 1 tbsp vanilla extract instead of fresh vanilla beans.

  8. 8

    Hint: Reduce the amount of sugar for a brownie less sweet.

  9. 9

    Hint: For an extra chocolaty taste, add ½ cup of chocolate chips with the flour.

Bottle of 2017 Vina Robles Petite Sirah, Creston Valley

Limited Estate Collection

2017 Petite Sirah

The microclimate and soils in our estate Creston Valley Vineyard, located southeast of Paso Robles, encouraged us to bottle this limited-production Petite Sirah for the seventh consecutive vintage. Rolling hills, picture perfect exposure and limiting, shallow soils with noticeable limestone all contributed to exceptional concentrated Petite Sirah fruit from this vineyard.

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