Yields Makes about 1 1/2 cups; 8 servings

Notes: For a shortcut, instead of making the Gingerbread Wedges, you can use purchased gingersnaps. You can make the sauce through step 2 up to 2 days ahead; cool, cover, and chill. Demi-glace, a highly reduced pastelike stock, can be found in gourmet markets and some supermarkets. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine Merlot or other dry red wine, tawny Port, and orange juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir occasionally until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup hot water and demi-glace (see notes).

Step 2
2

Crumble enough of the Gingerbread Wedges or gingersnaps to make 2/3 cup. Add gingerbread and demi-glace mixture to wine mixture; let stand until gingerbread has softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour into a blender. Add whipping cream and whirl until smooth. Return to pan.

Step 3
3

Stir over low heat until hot. Whisk in butter until blended and smooth. Add salt to taste.

Ingredients

 1 1/2 cups Merlot or other dry red wine
 3/4 cup tawny Port
 2/3 cup orange juice
 1 1/2 tablespoons concentrated veal or veal and beef demi-glace
 1/4 cup whipping cream
 1 tablespoon butter
  Salt

Directions

Step 1
1

In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine Merlot or other dry red wine, tawny Port, and orange juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir occasionally until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup hot water and demi-glace (see notes).

Step 2
2

Crumble enough of the Gingerbread Wedges or gingersnaps to make 2/3 cup. Add gingerbread and demi-glace mixture to wine mixture; let stand until gingerbread has softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour into a blender. Add whipping cream and whirl until smooth. Return to pan.

Step 3
3

Stir over low heat until hot. Whisk in butter until blended and smooth. Add salt to taste.

Gingerbread Sauce