Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chocolate Wine

You should have seen me at the supermarket. I could hardly contain myself when I found this magnificent bottle of wine. CHOCOLATE Wine. You can smell the aroma of cocoa and dark chocolate upon opening the bottle. It also contains raspberries, which mixed in perfectly with the chocolate. How special, I thought, it would be to make my Grandmothers recipe of biscochos and serve them with a chilled glass of this delicious wine. So, check out the wine section of your market and treat yourself to a special little Christmas present.

The wine is called "Chocolate d'Vine" . It's bottled by Southwest Wines out of Deming, New Mexico. It cost $12. I loved it.

Annie’s Polvorones

2 pounds of flour
1 pound of lard
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup warm milk
Cinnamon-sugar mixture for coating

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well. Add lard. Cut lard into flour mixture with a pastry blender (or do it the way my grandmother taught me; with your two clean hands, scoop up flour and lard and gently rub between the palms of your hands). Continue this until flour-lard mixture converts to pea-size pieces. Add warm milk. Combine until well blended. Do not knead dough for too long, as it tends to toughen the pastry - just like with pie pastry. Roll out small sections of the dough between two pieces of waxed paper or parchment paper. Remove top layer of paper and cut dough with cookie cutters dipped in flour or powdered sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Allow to cool for 6 to 8 minutes. Coat cooled cookies with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Makes approximately 5-6 dozen small polvorones.

This is my grandmother's recipe for polvorones (biscochos). She never wrote it down, but rather taught me (show and tell) how to make them when I was 12 or 13. I in turn have taught my daughter Lily, my daughter-in-law Jenn and my niece Malia how to make this wonderful recipe.

Cheers to you my friends. I love you all.
The Story of

It's a romantic full-moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."


Reeni said...

What a great find! Chocolate wine, how decadent. Thanks for sharing your family recipe and tradition for the Polvorones. What a lovely tradition. I love your little funny!
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas!

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks fabulous!

I love the Weeweechu!

Happy cook said...

Wow i wish i had those chocolate wine.
here we do serve sweet wine with dessert.

Joanna said...

i am going nuts over this chocolate wine!!! i want some so bad. though i'm not 21, i still love wine. raspberry wine is my favorite. my mom lets me have some on special occasions. i hope you enjoy it!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Merry Christmas!

Ben said...

I need to try this wine. Is this what heave is like? Hehe, Happy Holidays my friend y un próspero año nuevo!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Dear Teresa
Thanks for passing my blog...the chocolate wine, i guess is wonderful for the occassaion...cheers !
I would also like to wish you Merry Christmas and wonderful ushering into new year 2009.

The Blonde Duck said...

I told the story of Weeweechu at Christmas dinner and no one thought it was as funny as me. Harumph.

Photonuts said...

That is some serious chocolate in a bottle...I might have to look for that one...


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