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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Italian Prune Plum Crumble

I have to admit: Until recent years, I was scared to death of these little things. Are you kidding me: "Prune" in the same sentence with "dessert?" No, thank you. I didn't get over it until well into my late twenties. And I'm still kicking myself that it took me that long.

Chocolate Caramel Tart

This tart is like a grown-up candy bar, in decadent tart form. The cookie crust is crisp and buttery. The caramel is creamy with just a little tang from the addition of a dollop of craime fraiche. The chocolate ganache is velvety and rich.

No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

You can make this easy, no-cook strawberry ice cream in your blender. (No cooking required!) The hardest part is waiting for it to freeze.

Cranberry Almond Trail Mix Cookies

This is kind of an uncharacteristically healthy cookie for me. (If you know me, you know it's not often that I start tossing flax seeds and oats into my baked goods.) The recipe is...

Blackberry Sorbet

One of my favorite ways to enjoy summer berries is to make sorbet. If you've never made sorbet, you may be surprised by how easy it is to do at home. You can't beat the flavor. Nothing in the supermarket even comes close.

Boston Cream Pie

When our friend Foroct Fralion celebrated a rather auspicious birthday a few weeks ago, it only seemed proper to make him a Boston Cream Pie, one of his favorite treats. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make one at home.

Maple Sugar Candied Bacon

I know. Here I am again, going on about bacon. (I can admit it. I might have a problem.) Ever since I made candied bacon with a chili and peach jam glaze a few weeks ago, I can't get the stuff of my mind. This time, I wanted to try a different method. (All in the name of science, you understand.)

Orange Melba Sauce

This is my take on classic Melba sauce, that exquisite raspberry sauce that famed French chef Auguste Escoffier whipped up for his favorite opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. The original sauce is a heady mixture...

French Cheesecake

This French Cheesecake is my favorite Secret Weapon Dessert. Easy to make. Easy on the eyes. Practically guaranteed to stun everyone—including your best friend's chatty new girlfriend—at your dinner party into blissful, dessert-nibbling silence. This...

Classic Whoopie Pies

This recipe makes the quintessential whoopie pie. The cake is moist, chocolate-y, and dense. The filling is creamy, fluffy, and decadently sweet. If our friend D. Bunnyhunter hadn't stopped by and taken it when he did, The Angry Chef and I may have come to blows over the last one. (Phew! Thanks, man!)

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