Cooking with Ice Wine?

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icewine.jpgWhether a self proclaimed gourmet cook or one in hiding, you most likely know the benefits of cooking with wine and (in imitation of Julia Child) consider drinking wine while cooking a must.

I myself am no stranger to using a little Zin in spaghetti sauce, Chardonnay with sauteed mushrooms and butter, and scores of other wines when the recipe calls for it.  Of course, there are also those times, while drinking wine, when every dish seemed to warrant a dash of wine here and there whether dictated by a recipe or not, but I digress...

In any event, it never crossed my mind to use a dessert or ice wine in cooking. But lo and behold, I read an article A Lesson in Enjoying Ice Wine that aptly stated "You pair it with desserts, drink it after meals, but you've never thought to use it to make your desserts, or use it in your meals".  Perhaps, its time we all venture out into new territory.  Imagine all the wonderful possibilities of cooking with ice with your French Toast....

Vanilla-Infused Icewine French Toast

  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 thick slices baguette, cut on a diagonal
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
  • Icing sugar for dusting/garnish

Place the egg, egg whites, icewine (3 tbsp), and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the egg mixture. Add milk and whisk until frothy.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Dip a few pieces of bread into the egg mixture, soaking both sides well, and place in the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until lightly golden. Repeat with remaining bread.

Mix maple syrup with icewine (1/2 cup). Serve French toast dusted with icing sugar and drizzled with maple/icewine mixture.

*Click the following links for more recipe ideas!

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Cantaloupe and Proscuitto Salad w/ Ice Wine Vinagrette
Ice Wine Sorbet w/ White Peaches

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We will attending the barrel tasting the first weekend in March. Will there be other events happening as well. Also, a friend of mine made a wine cake that was wonderful, do you have a recipe for such a cake. It had a glaze on top with pecans.

I never heard about cooking with ice wine but will certainly try it.


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