What is White Chocolate? It's actually not made from the cacao solids, but the cacao butter. When making chocolate, the solids are used to make chocolate bars (different percentages) and the butter is used for various things. One of them is making white chocolate by adding cream, sugars and different flavorings, normally Vanilla. Chocolate is now being paired with all sorts of wines and other liqueurs, and white chocolate is no exception, although it can present a little bit of a challenge when pairing it with wines. WineTheory suggests that "pairing chocolate [with wines] is hard because of the sugar [in chocolate] and the sugars in wine. I'd go in the direction of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout." Some good stouts to try with white chocolate are Goose Island Bourbon County Stout or White Birch Brewing Espresso Stout. With a good stout in hand, you probably want a good white chocolate, too. Below are three of my personal favorites.
4 tablespoons raspberry jam
8 oz fresh raspberries plus more for decorating
2 teaspoons gelatin powder
8 oz package of brick cream cheese
7 oz crème fraîche
7 oz plain Greek yogurt
7 oz white chocolate, melted
Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Blend cookie crumbs and sugar in processor. Add melted butter; process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides (not rim) of 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Bake until crust begins to set and no longer looks moist, pressing gently with back of fork if crust puffs, about 12 minutes. Remove crust from oven and chill for about 30 minutes.
For the filling:
Sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tablespoons of cold water in a microwave safe bowl and let sit for a moment. Dissolve the gelatin by microwaving the bowl on high for 20 seconds. Set aside and allow to cool.
In the meantime, thoroughly beat together the cream cheese, crème fraîche and yogurt. Add the gelatin as you beat, then fold in the melted white chocolate. Mix well.
Once the crust is completely cool, spread it with a layer of raspberry jam and a layer of fresh raspberries. Mound the white chocolate mixture on top and spread it so it completely covers the raspberries. Chill until set.
Before serving, decorate with more fresh raspberries.
Adapted from Sîan Cook's novel Chocolate: Best Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute.
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