2 June 2014

Leftover Wine Biscuits

Some of you may pale at the thought of this, but I often fail to finish a bottle of wine before it goes off. This troubles me because I'm wasting not only some nice wine, but also some money.

Fortunately, a collection of recipes on BBC Food has saved the day. It turns out that you can make some pretty tasty biscuits using leftover wine. I had a friend come to stay a few weeks back and she left about half a bottle of rosé wine behind; I only like red wine, so naturally there is now a plentiful supply of rosé in my kitchen. I also had about a glass of red wine left from Easter. I really tried to finish the bottle - I even brought it home to my parents' for the weekend - but alas I could not. Therefore I made half the biscuits using red wine (the purple ones), and half with rosé (the white ones). Both taste excellent, by the way.

Unable to leave a recipe alone, I have adapted the original recipe for Ciambelline Al Vino by Sophia Real. The recipe listed fennel as an ingredient, and since I'm not hugely keen on aniseed notes I switched that for cinnamon. I also added sprinkles because they make most things look better.

I actually made the sprinkles myself using this recipe from Bravetart; the piping part is rather tedious and I gave up half way through the batch. Luckily the mixture keeps well, so I can pick up where I left off on the piping front when my wrist/hand has recovered.

Makes 20
  • 250mL Wine (I used 125mL each of red and rosé)
  • 250g + 25g Caster Sugar 
  • 250mL Sunflower Oil
  • 650g Plain Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Sprinkles
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the wine, 250g of the sugar and the sunflower oil together.
  • Slowly add the plain flour, stirring as you go (you may want to switch from whisk to spoon), until a smooth, elastic dough has formed.
  • Cover the mixing bowl and leave the dough to rest for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line 4 baking trays with parchment paper (or just reuse the same one or two trays).
  • In a wide bowl, stir together the remaining sugar, the sprinkles and the cinnamon.
  • Pinch of tablespoon-sized pieces of dough and roll them into balls.
  • Roll each ball in the sugar-cinnamon-sprinkle mix and place on a baking tray, leaving about 1inch/2.5cm radius between them.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then allow to cool on a wire rack. Remember the biscuits will get harder as they cool, so don't overcook them because you think they are still too soft.

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  1. Great idea! I don't usually finish a bottle of wine either and I hate wasting it. I've heard about freezing it in icecube trays for use in cooking, but this is much better.

    1. Yeah I have heard that too, but I ask myself how often I would use it and the answer is that the ice crube trays would start taking over my freezer!

  2. I don't think I could make this recipe. I have never met a bottle of wine I could not finish! Kidding, there's plenty of leftover red in the house.
    I admire your research here you have clearly done your homework. I wonder how the aniseed biscuits would taste I am in that kind of a mood lately.
    Thank you so much for linking to #CookBlogShare I will tweet about your post tomorrow : )

  3. Wine in biscuits! Great idea nd not one I've heard of before. They look intriguing :)

  4. This is a new one on me! It's rare that there's any wine left but I think I could spare a glass to give this biscuits a go, such an interesting idea. Also well done for making your own sprinkles, it's not something I would ever think to do myself, I can imagine it is hard work on the wrists though.

    1. It is definitely hard on the wrists, which is why I got through one colour and called it quits for a while! Definitely try the biscuits; the red wine ones were my favourite.

  5. What a lovely idea. We generally only have wine if we have friends over for a meal and there is always some left over - have bookmarked!

    1. Cool let me know how it goes if you make it!


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