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June 2006

Wine Country Recipes — Strawberries & Cream


Strawberries & Cream Napoleon

Submitted by Glen Ellen Inn

A delicious story, read the new novel by Michele Scott "Murder by the Glass" that is full of wine country romance, mystery and RECIPES! This wine lover's mystery takes place in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country and includes several recipes and wine pairings from premier restaurants, wineries, and accomodations in these wine regions. Below is just one of the many wine pairing recipes you will find in Murder by the Glass.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Deerfield Ranch 2000 Gold Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley, CA

INGREDIENTS - MERINGUE

4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar
1 tsp Framboise liqueur

PREPARATION

Heat oven to 200°. Line baking sheet with baking paper. In electric mixer, beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Add confectioners' sugar slowly, and continue to beat for approximately 10 minutes, until firm. Gently fold in Framboise liqueur.

Using pastry bag, pipe mixture directly into baking sheets into flat heart shapes. Bake two hours, until meringues are dry.

INGREDIENTS - STRAWBERRY CREAM

1 cup mascarpone
7 oz heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp Framboise liqueur
Fresh strawberries, tossed in sugar

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients and whip until they fold into soft peaks.

ASSEMBLY

Place meringue on plate; top with dollop of strawberry cream, top with meringue; repeat with more strawberry cream and top with meringue.

Garnish with fresh whipped cream.

This is also delicious served with strawberry champagne:
Fill glass 3/4 with champagne, add 1 oz Framboise liqueur, garnish with fresh strawberry and raspberry.

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