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‘Tis the Season for… Caramel Brownies

Looking for a tasty chocolate dessert recipe this Christmas season? Check out my go-to Caramel Brownies recipe -paired with Three By Wade Red Blend, a dense, fruit-driven wine that’s inspired by the historic red blends of the Napa Valley.

PAIRING: 2015 Napa Valley Three By Wade Red Blend


1/2 pound unsalted butter

12 sweet chocolate chips

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

4 eggs

1 tbsp. instant coffee granules

2 cup of sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

 7 ounces caramel sauce

How to Make It


Preheat the oven to 380 degrees Butter and flour a baking pan.

Melt the butter, 8 ounces of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate together in a medium bowl set over simmering water. Allow cooling for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow it to cool to room temperature.


In a medium bowl, sift together 1/2 cup of the flour, the baking powder, and salt and add to the chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 6 ounces of chocolate chips and the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and add them to the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.


Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Heat caramel just until it’s pourable. Stir until smooth. Drizzle the caramel evenly over the hot brownies Cool completely and cut.

Suggested Pairing: 2015 Napa Valley Three By Wade Red Blend

The Three by Wade Red Blend is a dense, fruit-driven wine that’s inspired by the historic red blends of the Napa Valley.

Deep opaque purple color with a nose of fresh and macerated black fruits with a mineral lift. With time in the glass, the wine develops plum, exotic floral elements, and a distinct savory note blossom.


Let’s get cooking. For now, I’d love to know —tag @ChefWMartino on social and use the hashtag #AllThingsWine so I can cheer you on and share your dishes.

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