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This is a very simple dessert–just remember to assemble when everything is fresh and warm. This dessert goes great with all kinds of seasonal fruit: in springtime, source ripe strawberries and raspberries; in summer, look for beautiful stone fruit such as peaches or cherries; and in the fall, consider poaching apples or pears. This dish pairs well with Dolce because of the soft textures that come from the pudding and the fruit-forward nature of Dolce.
Brioche Bread Pudding with Berries and Whipped Cream
1 loaf brioche, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 quart half-and-half
½ vanilla bean
10 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 220˚F and place the brioche cubes in an 8” X 10” baking pan.
Heat the half-and-half in a heavy-bottomed, medium sauce pan. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the half-and-half and add the bean pod. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, but not to a boil.
In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until combined. Once the half-and-half has simmered, slowly temper into the egg mixture—whisking the egg mixture while adding the hot liquid a little at a time. This process helps infuse flavors without cooking the egg. Discard the vanilla bean pod. Pour hot pudding base over the brioche and cover with plastic wrap. Press the plastic wrap into the mixture to help the brioche absorb the liquid, then cover the plastic wrap with a sheet of foil.
Place an empty jelly roll pan on the center rack of the oven and place the pan of brioche bread pudding on the cookie sheet. Fill the cookie sheet with warm water, forming a water bath around the pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 220˚F. When you check the pudding, the liquid should still be loose and will provide a delicious sauce for the pudding
Serve immediately, or set aside and re-warm when ready to serve with fruit, whipped cream and a glass of Dolce.
One of the pleasures of tasting wine at Far Niente, aside from sitting down at a table in the rustic ambience of the historic stone building, is experiencing wines from both the current release and Cave Collection. The cellar-aged wines in our Cave Collection are a delicious representation of how Far Niente Cabernets and Chardonnays evolve over time, while the current releases depict vitality to be enjoyed now or to save for later.
Here are the wines we’re currently pouring for our guests*:
Aromas of ripe melon, fig and peach greet and lead to a creamy and smooth entry. A rich midpalate is layered with ripe tropical fruit and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is long and mouthwatering with well-integrated toast and spice.
Aromas of Meyer lemon, toasted nuts and fig are supported by the underlying sweetness of honeysuckle. The entry is honeyed with ripe citrus, light melon, well-integrated nuttiness and a touch of mineral. A rich, full midpalate with balanced acidity draws out into a long finish.
The wine offers classic bottle bouquet aromas of bright raspberries, dried tobacco and briar. Silky on entry, the layered aromas are echoed in the juicy mid-palate, mingling with dark cherry and mellowed oak. These flavors meld into a satisfying finish.
Aromas of boysenberry and blackberry pie, tobacco leaf, cassis and toasted oak give way to an entry of black cherry fruit supported by warm, spiced oak. Thick and structured, the wine lingers on the palate with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and spice. The wine’s big, firm tannins are hallmarks of great aging potential.
A stunning treat from our sister winery, Dolce, this wine is intensely fruity, driven by aromas of citrus and stone fruits, and layered with notes of honey and spice. Ripe peach and pear dominate in the nose and are complemented with notes of orange zest, dried apricot and fig. The palate is loaded with ripe and juicy apricot. It begins with a silky entry, followed by an unctuous and balanced midpalate, and a mouthwatering, clean finish.
The harvest season is a popular time to visit and our appointments can fill up a month or more in advance. Please give us a call as soon as you make your travel arrangements—we would love to see you and share our wines with you!
*Subject to change to another wonderful selection.
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