Baked Apples- Simple and Delicious

Baked apples are a simple, potentially healthy dessert that is rich and satisfying. They can be made in a variety of ways, from the ultimate healthy option of no added sugar, to a rich and decadent dessert loaded with sugar and butter and topped with ice cream. This is another of those versatile desserts that can be tweaked to suit your taste buds; something you know I love and that I think you will, too. Today I’ll share with you my favorite baked apples recipe, which you can copy or tweak to your heart’s desire. It strikes a nice balance between sweet and savory with notes of brown sugar and cinnamon (and a little butter).

Apples and Wine- A Pairing that is Fine

Okay, I know the title of this post is a little silly, but apple desserts are probably one of my favorite options to pair with wine. Why? Not only are there a number of wines with apple notes (which is a good jumping off point for pairing), but a lot of the spices in apple desserts go well with wine, too. You can pair apples with chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, cinnamon, nutmeg…the list could easily keep going. This opens up a whole slew of wine pairing options beyond what you could get with just plain apples. To help you narrow down the pairing options, I have three wines that I highly recommend you try with the desserts featured this month and with any other apple dessert you crave.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

I have no idea why, but I have been craving an old-fashioned strawberry pie for months. I’ve never had one but I LOVE strawberries and I LOVE pie, so it just makes sense that I would LOVE strawberry pie. The thing is, old-fashioned strawberry pies really aren’t that common. When you search for a strawberry pie online, it’s a lot easier to find cold strawberry pies than hot ones. Let me just tell you, the world is missing out on this. Old-fashioned strawberry pie is sweet, juicy, and amazing served warm, possibly with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on the side.

A Berry Delicious Classic- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This week’s strawberry flavored dessert is a classic: chocolate covered strawberries. These babies are sure to please any sweet tooth with the sweet berry coated in decadent chocolate. The beauty of these berries is they only require a few ingredients and you don’t even have to turn on the stove if you don’t want to. And you can change up the type of chocolate used so they’re always exciting and delicious.

Vanilla Cake and Wine

Happy July! I hope you had a great Independence Day and that you’re ready for a new month of desserts and wine! This month, we’re going to talk about one of the most versatile desserts I know: vanilla cake (and cupcakes). This classic dessert is an important part of any baker’s repertoire because, while it’s great on its own, it can be turned into different flavors and combined with different fillings and frostings to become something entirely different. If you can successfully make a vanilla cake you can make hundreds, if not thousands of desserts.

Crazy for Cookies and Cab

I’m so excited for this post because I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes that I finally get to share with you! The Sugar Vine is 9 months old this month and it has been an awesome ride so far. My goal with this blog is to share delicious, approachable recipes and wine pairings with you. I am going to continue to do that, but in a slightly different way. In order to really help you up your wine and dessert game, each month I am going to focus on one type of dessert. Yes, one. Why? We are going to dig into it and find the best places to buy it around Houston, talk about what kind of mixes and pre-made doughs are worth your money, and find the best recipes. We’re also going to find the absolute best wine pairing for that dessert. By the end of each month, I want you to feel totally ready to tackle the featured dessert and pair it with the perfect wine, whether it’s the one I recommend or one you pick out yourself. And please, share your pairings! I love hearing about the wines you love, desserts you make, and pairings you discover!