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This is an almost instant recipe to have waiting for your valentine. Pipe a little whipped cream heart on top.

Servings: 2

Ready time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including chilling

Wine pairings:

This dessert would sing with a crimson-coloured, berry-laced cabernet franc icewine. - Beppi Crosariol


1/2 cup whipping cream

2 tbsp unsalted butter

3 tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp grated lemon rind

50 g (2 oz) chopped dark chocolate

2 tbsp chopped dried cherries


Bring cream, butter and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon rind and chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Let cool in pot for 15 minutes. Stir in cherries, reserving a couple for garnish. Pour into two wine glasses. Chill until set, about 2 hours.

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