UK vermouth and amaro: you bitter believe it

In the UK we can be a bit prejudiced against flavoured wines and spirits. It’s not hard to see why if you look at the current proliferation of 'aromatised wine-based drinks' that are appearing on supermarket shelves. Most trumpet their ‘natural fruit flavours’, but rather than tasting of genuine strawberries, raspberries or peaches, all the ones I’ve tried have tasted like melted jelly sweets,…

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Wine matching: Chocolate fondant

The recipe 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 100g dark chocolate 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla essence 125g caster sugar 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 4 tsp dulce de leche or salted caramel cocoa powder or icing sugar, to dust double cream, to serve serves 4 Preheat the oven to 180c/fan-forced 160c/Gas mark 4. Heat the butter and chocolate together in a bowl set…

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