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Unusual Dessert: Blueberries in Wine

Lately, I've been craving blueberries so much, I had to find a dessert recipe that would highlight their pure tart flavor. I came across many cake, pudding, and pie recipes, but was in the mood for something different, something unusual that would shock my guests. I had an Eureka moment when I found this recipe for blueberries in a black pepper-Syrah syrup. While the name sounds sophisticated and complicated, this dessert is surprisingly simple to put together. It's a heavenly finish to an elegant summer dinner and pairs decadently with a chocolate truffle and a glass of bubbly, so get the recipe, just

Blueberries in Black Pepper-Syrah Syrup
From Sunset magazine
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1 bottle (750 ml.) Syrah
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cartons (6 oz. each) blueberries, rinsed and drained
Twists of lemon peel

  1. In a small pan, combine Syrah and sugar. Boil over medium-high heat (watch to make sure mixture doesn't boil over), stirring often, until reduced by about half, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in vanilla and pepper and let cool.
  3. Put blueberries in a bowl and pour Syrah mixture over them. Chill airtight for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  4. Serve in small dessert bowls or glasses garnished with twists of lemon peel.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 132(2% from fat); FAT 0.3g (sat 0.0g); PROTEIN 0.8g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; SODIUM 12mg; FIBER 2g; CARBOHYDRATE 23g

Join The Conversation
crystallyn crystallyn 9 years
I'll have to dig out my strawberry wine soup recipe...but in the meantime I will definitely need to try this!
chiaramw chiaramw 9 years
I've never tried blueberries in wine, but one of my favorite summer desserts is peaches in white wine.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
LaLaLaurie06 you could try balsamic vinegar as a substitute for the wine. Call the dessert blueberries in balsamic reduction. Happy cooking!
PreppyDot PreppyDot 9 years
Looks so yummy and refreshing. Will have to try. Thanks Party Sugar!
chellebaby chellebaby 9 years
We're big Syrah/Shiraz lovers in our house. I'll definitely be trying this one out.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
any substitute for the wine?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
looks like something my friend would like.
laurafox laurafox 9 years
That looks so good!
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
Sounds delicious, I would make it but my husband thinks fruit is poison.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
This looks really good. We went to a friend's house for dinner the other weekend and she made the best mojito and put fresh raspberries in it. It was so yummy, I never thought of putting fresh fruit in my drinks!
llendril llendril 9 years
alsw - syrah is basically the same thing as shiraz. they use different names in different regions (shiraz is typically australian) and partysugar - awesome! this looks really really nice =)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I've never heard of Syrah, but this looks great!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
oh my gosh! i must try this!
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