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Three Great Make-Ahead Dessert Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

No matter what you’re serving for dinner, a rich chocolate dessert is a welcome end to any meal. Rich, creamy, and dense, chocolate desserts are also ideal for making ahead of time, freeing up your time so you can enjoy dinner with your guests. Here are three of our favorite make-ahead chocolate dessert recipes that we often serve at Jordan Winery culinary events or for turn-down service in the winery guest suites.

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Truffles

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In the Jordan Winery kitchen, we craft decadent truffles every month for our overnight guests. Filled with dark chocolate ganache, these elegant chocolate desserts go perfectly with a glass of Jordan’s silky cabernet sauvignon. These are a great make-ahead dessert that you can prepare in advance for a dinner party or have on hand for unexpected guests. Try our recipe for Chocolate Truffles with White, Dark and Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling at home.

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipe: Easy Chocolate Mousse

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Chocolate mousse is another fantastic make-ahead party dessert idea. Our Easy Chocolate Mousse recipe uses just five ingredients and delivers the perfect blend of rich chocolate and luscious cream, making it an intriguing dinner party dessert idea. The high fat content from the cream helps balance out the tannins in an older vintage cabernet for a perfect wine pairing.

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipe: Decorative Chocolate Swirls

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These artful chocolate pieces can be the finishing touch on an impressive dessert, or even a dessert on their own. Our recipe details how to temper chocolate and make your own beautiful Decorative Chocolate Swirls. Once you’ve mastered the technique, there’s no limit to the combinations of seasonings and chocolate varieties you can try. This is an easy make-ahead dessert that is perfect to bring to a party.

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Growing up in Hawaii, Todd Knoll developed a strong connection to the land and the ocean at an early age. As executive chef at Jordan Winery, he grows hundreds of heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs, cooks hors d’oeuvres and meals for guests, makes olive oil, and tends to the estate’s honeybees and chickens. A visual artist at heart, Chef Knoll spends his free time with his son and wife, Nitsa Knoll, exploring the diverse terrain of Sonoma County with camera and pencil in hand, capturing moments in nature to inspire his next recipe.

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