The berry and chocolate flavors in Zinfandel pop in sweet, late-harvest versions. You can't go wrong when your dessert includes them too. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: You can make the shortcakes up to a day ahead of time; just let cakes cool completely, then wrap airtight and store at room temperature. You can also make the chocolate sauce a day ahead of time; to rewarm, stir it gently over low heat.
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1. Preheat oven to 375°. In the bowl of a food processor, combine 3 cups flour, 3 tbsp. sugar, baking powder, and salt; whirl until blended. Add 1/2 cup butter and pulse until fine crumbs form. Add cream and pulse just until dough comes together when you squeeze a clump.
2. Turn dough onto a floured surface and press to flatten slightly. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top, then knead until incorporated, 6 to 8 turns. Pat dough out to 1 1/4 in. thickness. With a 2 3/4-in. round cutter, cut out shortcakes; gather dough and pat out again as needed to cut all 6 cakes, dusting surface with more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Set shortcakes slightly apart on a baking sheet, brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle generously with sugar.
3. Bake shortcakes until golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet at least 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, gently mix 3 tbsp. sugar, berries, and mint.
5. With a serrated knife, carefully slice shortcakes in half horizontally. Set bottoms on plates and top with berry mixture, dark chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. Set tops in place.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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