We’ve recently signed up to bakedin, Michel Roux’s fab subscription baking boxes, to get our baking fix, and it definitely gets the thumbs up from us. We’ve even invested in a cake stand to show off all the hand baked goods to perfection.
bakedin boxes drop through the letterbox once a month with all the ingredients you need for making delicious baked treats from scratch, providing plenty of family baking fun. Their website also has oodles of recipe inspiration for both budding and regular bakers. Recommended.
All this cake making’s got us thinking about which wines would match our dream afternoon tea. You may have been treated to a cheeky glass of Prosecco or Champagne during an afternoon feast of cakes and pastries, but there are so many more wines out there that match perfectly with sweet treats.
Here are some of our favourite tried and tested bakedin recipes, with wines to match.
Pacherenc is the wine insider’s secret alternative to Sauternes, the famous dessert wine of Bordeaux. It costs a fraction of the price but has all the luscious sweetness and mouthwatering fruitiness of the famous dessert wine. This version comes from Gascony in the South West of France and is made from grapes left on the vines to ripen well into Autumn. Sugar and grape juice are concentrated to such an extent in the over ripe grapes that the final wine tastes like sweet nectar but is always fresh-tasting and never cloying. Just what you need to wash down some sweet, sticky buns.
This rich, intense, fortified wine has been described as a dessert in a glass, with its thick, syrupy texture and flavours of raisins, rose petals, dried figs and marmalade. A perfect match for a sticky toffee cake or pudding, we think you’ll agree. The sweetness in the wine can more than stand up to the sweetness in this sticky cake. The ultimate sugar rush!
Port is famously good with chocolate desserts, especially if they are not overly sweet, and this brownie recipe is bursting with good quality Belgian chocolate. Infantado Port comes from hillside vineyards that have been cultivated with vines for hundreds of years making the grape juice very highly concentrated and the resulting wine, aged in oak barrels, has a hint of spicy richness. Pure indulgence.
Try this light, fluffy coffee cake with a glass of fizz that has a hint of residual sweetness. Rude Prosecco Brut is a classed as a dry style but like all Proseccos has much higher sugar content than many sparkling wines (probably why its become so popular!), so is a match made in heaven for sweet treats. Its light bubbles match the texture of this light, airy sponge like a dream.
Another opportunity to combine chocolate and port that we just couldn’t resist. Sandeman’s Unfiltered LBV has layers of flavour including autumn fruits and berries, vanilla and earthy notes that match perfectly with good quality, rich chocolate layered with creamy baked cheesecake. Gateau-heaven!
Made at a sustainably-run wine estate in the South West of France, this gold-medal winning sweet white wine has tantalising tropical fruit flavours and a rich, unctuous texture. It has enough refreshing acidity to stand up to the slightly tart flavour of apple and was fermented in oak barrels, giving it hints of vanilla and toasted nuts. Just perfect with crunchy, caramelised pecans!
A richly fruity, sweet wine, low in alcohol, and a wonderfully moreish one too, from one of Germany’s top white wine producers. Don’t worry about the mouthful of a name, just concentrate on the hints of lemon blossom, citrus, honey and yellow fruits that make this Riesling wine a perfect match for a slice of moist and zingy lemon drizzle cake. Exquisite.
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