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Dessert Recipes

What would life be without desserts? They are certainly essential to complete a meal when you are entertaining and are a welcome treat for your family. Here are some gourmet recipes sure to satisfy your cravings!

Orange Butter Drops with Shredded Coconut
These delightful little cookies are very delicious, as well as delicate. Butter and cream cheese add richness to this treat with added orange zest rolled in sugar and the whole thing coated in shredded coconut. This impressive little cookie is great for gift giving, too.

Rustic Blueberry & Brie Galette
A galette is a free-formed tart with hand-folded edges. Blueberries pair wonderfully with the brie cheese in this delicious galette with almost a cheesecake consistency. Dried lavender is added to the flaky crust for a light but exotic background that really matches the blueberries nicely.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread
This a wonderfully tasty quick bread that is moist and not too sweet. It makes a wonderful appetizer or accompaniment to coffee. It also makes a very delicious dessert with ice cream or whipped cream.

Apple Crisp with Brandy-Soaked Currants
I love making fruit crisps! When you don't have a lot of time, they're much easier to throw together than a pie. This is a wonderful fall recipe for an apple crisp (a classic) with currants soaked in apple brandy for an extra kick.

DIY Homemade Cronuts

Doughnut Bread Pudding
This is a fun, overly indulgent dessert that is easy to make. Basically you are making your typical bread pudding with cream, sugar, and eggs. But instead of a rich bread (such as brioche), you use day old doughnuts. It's perfectly fine if they are a little stale, there's plenty of liquid here to be absorbed creating a wonderfully delicious baked dessert.

Emmy Awards Devils Food Cake with Roasted Cherries
This recipe for a devil's food cake (a twist on black forest cake) was served at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor's Ball by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
Making your own homemade doughnuts is easy! Here is a simple recipe for chocolate cake doughnuts with a deep, rich bittersweet chocolate flavor and that perfect texture you expect from a good cake doughnut.

Top Gourmet Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin, the quintessential fall fruit, has an extraordinary range of delicious uses - from pie to breads to soups to bread puddings! Here is a collection of gourmet pumpkin recipes to satisfy your cravings. Whether it's dinner with the family or your fall holiday gathering, everyone is sure to love these spectacular dishes.

Candied Bacon & Maple Ice Cream
Bacon has become extremely popular recently and why not, it's delicious! Surprisingly, savory and meaty bacon make a fantastic ingredient for many desserts. The smokey richness of bacon matches very nicely with the creaminess of ice cream. Here I've candied the bacon and added maple syrup to the ice cream! The bacon and maple syrup really taste perfect together. Even if you don't love bacon, you will really enjoy this frozen treat.

Homemade Morning Glory Doughnuts
This is a wonderfully complex flavored doughnut with sour cream, carrots, pecans, raisins, coconut and pineapple. The dough is very soft so the doughnuts need to be baked in doughnut mold. If you don't have one, try using a muffin pan or carefully lay out the cut out doughnuts onto a lined cookie sheet.

Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns is a traditional sweetened bread made with spices and raisins, and marked with a cross on top. Usually served on Good Friday, these tasty buns are great any time of the year. For a different variation, try substituting the raisins with chocolate chips.

Best Coffee Cake
A good coffee cake should be moist and flavorful with a nice crunchy topping. This one definitely fits the bill! Simple to make, this coffee cake is a crowd pleaser with cinnamon and toasted nuts.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
Bacon goes perfectly with anything! It's really nice in peanut butter cookies, though. The smokiness of the bacon works very well with the saltiness of the peanuts and the sweetness of the sugar. The bacon also adds a nice chewiness to the cookies.

Red Wine & Raspberry Sorbet
This is one of the most delicious sorbets you can make. Use a beautiful fruity red wine that you enjoy for this frozen treat. Luscious raspberries add a wonderful brightness to the sorbet, reminiscence of Sangria!

Affogato with Smoky Almond Ice Cream
This beautifully warm and creamy dessert combines a lovely homemade almond ice cream with espresso coffee. The ice cream has a nice hint of smokiness that complements the espresso very well from roasting the almonds and the addition of mezcal (or tequila).

Three-Layer Parsnip Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
This delicious three-layer cake is very similar to carrot cake! Coconut, walnuts, raisins, creamy white parsnips, and spices make this a delectable treat. Cream cheese frosts completes the perfection! The frosting recipe is enough for the top and in between the layers. If you prefer the sides generously swirled with frosting, too, you’ll need...

Chocolate Midnight Pie
This is a wonderfully rich dark chocolate pie. This pie is very, very moist with a crispy coffee flavored crust.

Caramel Chocolate Seduction
These yummy little chocolate cakes are perfect for a party or as part of a dessert buffet. This dessert consists of a crisp cookie crust, creamy filling, and a caramel-nut topping.

Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding is a traditional British dessert that is as much fun to make as it is to eat! Rich, sticky and flavorful, it is truly more like a pudding than any kind of cake. Your guests will applaud with delight when the pudding is set aflame right before serving.

Citrus Angel Food Cake
This light and airy angel food cake is drizzled with a wonderfully tart citrus glaze. Colorful strips of orange, green and yellow zest give the glaze a confetti-like appearance!

Lemon & Almond Streamliner Cake
This single layer buttermilk cake is light and moist, thanks to the addition of almond paste. The delicious cake is topped with a tart lemon custard. The name streamliner reminds me of the first half of the 20th century with the streamlined passenger trains and vintage-style campers.

Goober Cake
In the South, 'goober' is another term for peanuts. This delicious vintage dessert starts with a moist and flavorful peanut butter cake and then adds a wonderful peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache. Chocolate and peanut butter taste heavenly together but, for something different, you can substitute the ganache with your favorite jam.

Maple Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a wonderful dessert to serve anytime of the year - rich, flaky brioche bread is baked with a delicious mixture of pureed pumpkin, cream, maple syrup, walnuts and cranberries. If you can, use fresh sugar pumpkins (it only takes about an hour to bake), but canned pumpkin will work just fine.

Gourmet Caramel Apples
Wonderfully sweet and gooey caramel apples have been a treat for children and adults alike for at least a century. Popular at fairs and carnivals, caramel apples have become gourmet in recent years with a huge variety of delicious toppings and variations added. Making your own caramel apples at home is quite easy and much cheaper than your local candy shop.

Ghostly White Cake
This is a very lovely white cake, very very white cake. The ghosts are made of 7-minute frosting with a little cream of tartar to help them stand up. Chocolate sprinkles for the ghost eyes are the only bit of color on this spooky fun cake.

Spiderweb Cheesecake for Halloween
Spooky Halloween treats don't have to be junk food. This spiderweb cheesecake will look great at the party table and tastes delicious. We start with your favorite cheesecake recipe - I've used a wonderful vanilla bean cheesecake here with a chocolate wafer crust - top with homemade whipped cream, and decorate with chocolate icing. Very simple but tastes fantastic! Add a plastic spider or two for garnish.

Chocolate Brioche Pudding
Bread pudding is a wonderfully delicious comfort dessert. This is a much more sophisticated version with rich brioche bread and cream baked with a luxurious ganache of chocolate and coffee. A good dose of bourbon is thrown in for even more indulgent flavor.

Sticky Toffee Pudding
This delicious dessert features a light and sweet cake loaded with lots of sticky dates. A homemade toffee sauce (flavored with bourbon!) is drizzled over the top, along with a good helping of sautéed bananas. This is dessert that is sure to become a family favorite.

Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Crunch and Bourbon-Maple Whipped Cream
This is a wonderful pumpkin pie recipe with a graham cracker crust, a delightful classic filling with lots of cream, spices and real vanilla bean. Heavy cream whipped with maple syrup and bourbon complete this comfort food favorite!

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel
The secret ingredient in this beautiful pie is 1 cup of Grade B maple syrup. Grade B is definitely not inferior to its cousin Grade A - B is darker in color, richer in flavor and is wonderful in baked goods. A crunchy pecan streusel puts this pie over the top!

Blackberry Shortcake
Sweet, juicy blackberries in season taste absolutely magical with shortcake and some freshly made whipped cream! These shortcakes are just enough biscuit to hold up to the juiciness of the berries but are sweet and have delicious crunchy exterior.

Cinnamon-sugar Fritters - Buñuelos
These wonderfully crisp and sugary fritters are called buñuelos de rodilla or knee fritters because to stretch them so very thin the baker often uses her knee to aid in stretches out the dough. These fritters are very popular at Christmas time and vendors will have them piled high on their cart.

Rustic Nectarine Tart
This beautiful French country dessert takes sweet juicy nectarines and wraps them in a crunchy pastry dough. The ground almonds in the recipe help to absorb some of the fruit's moisture and keep the dough crisp.

Raspberry Cream Popsicles
This wonderful frozen Popsicle tastes as beautiful as it looks. Gorgeous fresh raspberries are blended with cream and simple syrup - simple to make. Make sure your ingredients are the best and the result will be absolutely delicious!

Caramel Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Created by one of my favorite pastry chefs, Marcel Desaulnier, this delicious ice cream recipe combines caramel, banana, and chocolate into a sinfully rich and silky smooth frozen dessert.

Cappuccino Tapioca Pudding with Cardamom Brûlée
This delightfully creamy dessert combines comfort food tapioca pudding with a more sophisticated creme brûlée. A touch of espresso and cardamom give this dessert a bit of an exotic flavor.

Blueberry Financier with Corn Bread Streusel
There is something magical about the combination of blueberries and cornbread. This recipe puts a delicious spin on that classic pairing by incorporating a wonderful corn bread streusel for the cake and an even more incredible corn bread ice cream. This dessert was created by award-winning pastry chef Nicole Kaplan, formerly of Del Posto.

Chocolate Caramel Bonbon Truffles
People are always impressed by truffles. You must be a master pastry chef to make these. In reality, it is quite simple to make amazingly delicious truffles like these. Start with high quality ingredients and you're half way to perfection. This recipe starts with caramel you make yourself, followed by the addition of both dark and milk chocolates. Refrigerate, scoop and roll. Done. It's as simple as that.

Dark Chocolate Financiers with Citrus Streusel and Candied Orange
Financiers are delightful little pound cakes native to France and Belgium. The financiers are made with ground almonds instead of flour so they are very dense and rich. A streusel is added of citrus zest and almonds that pairs very well with the chocolate. The financiers are also filled with candied orange peel which really creates a scrumptious little dessert. Bake these in individual molds or in mini-muffin tins.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Here is a beautiful and delicious tart made with a luscious rich chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries. We use a pâte sablée for the tart crust which has a buttery, crumbly texture almost like a cookie.

White House Holiday Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing
This holiday gingerbread cookie recipe was created by White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. The recipe creates a wonderfully tasty cookie or, if baked a touch longer, makes excellent Christmas tree ornaments. A recipe for decorating with Royal Icing is included.

Christmas Yule Log - Bûche de Noël
For centuries, many European cultures have burned a yule log (a large, hard log) in the hearth as part of the traditional Christmas celebration. At some point, it became fashionable to create a yule log out of cake and frosting. Tiny edible mushrooms are molded out of meringue to make the log more realistic, a very fun and delicious Christmas...

Paper Bag Apple Pie
Bake your pie in a paper bag? Yes, it really works. This is a really old way of baking pies and the crust comes out perfectly golden and crisp.

Poached Apples, Hot Buttered Rum Sauce, and Brown Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Here is a beautiful dessert for fall or winter that will fill your house with the aroma of holiday spices. Braeburn apples are poached in a cider rum sauce with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest and crystallized ginger. Add vanilla or brown butter pecan ice cream and your family or guests will be in heaven.

Chocolate Chipotle Walnut Torte
This beautifully elegant dessert marries the smokey spiciness of chipotle chiles with smooth and rich dark chocolate ganache. For an added dimension, serve with avocado ice cream.

Crisp Coconut and Chocolate Pie
This delicious chocolate pie recipe only has four ingredients: butter, coconut, cream and chocolate. Very simple in nature but with quality ingredients the taste is divine!

Grilled Pound with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
Much like toasting, grilling pound cake brings out its buttery flavor. So, when grilling outside this summer, pop this pound cake on for a few minutes to create an extra special dessert for your guests.

White Chocolate Pear - Blanc de Poire

Triple-Cherry Streusel Bars
This sweet and delicious confection is made from dried Bing cherries, cherry preserves, coconut and almonds.

Cranberry Chocolate Fudge Pie

Ginger-Molasses Spice Cake with Mascarpone and Clear Lady Apple Chips

Orange Cranberry Nut Fruit Cake
Moister and more cakey than a traditional fruitcake, this recipe for Orange Cranberry Nut Fruit Cake is full of sweet dried fruits and crunchy nuts like pecans or walnuts. Alcohol free, this delicious fruitcake is completed with a simple glaze of orange juice and sugar.

Carrot Zucchini Bread with Candied Ginger
The addition of sweet carrots and candied ginger create a delicious depth of flavor in this recipe for zucchini bread from Napa Valley pastry chef Annie Baker.

Fleur De Sel Caramels
Salt is a wonderful addition to caramels or chocolates to heighten the flavor. A sprinkle of crunchy sea salt on top of these candies turns the already delicious caramel into an extraordinary experience.

Carrot Zucchini Bread with Candied Ginger
Here is a wonderful twist on an already incredibly tasty zucchini bread. Sweet carrots and zingy candied ginger give this bread loads of intense flavor and color. Based on an idea from Napa valley pastry chef, Annie Baker.

Warm Chocolate Puddle Cakes
You can find versions of molten lava cake in many fine restaurants. Despite their decadent richness and flavor, they're really quite simply to make and only bake for 10 minutes. Thick and delicious chocolate oozes from the center of the moist warm cake. Fresh whipped cream is added for the perfect complementary finishing touch.

Pomegranate Sorbet
Pomegranates are a wonderful and exotic fruit that becomes available every winter. Pomegranate juice, however, is available year-round and works great for making this sorbet. If you have some around, sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds over the top and a sprig of mint for a classier presentation.

Stollen - Sweet Christmas Tea Bread
Stollen is a German tradition and their version of the Christmas fruitcake. Marzipan is used in this recipe to create a very rich and moist cake.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting
I love the taste of warm gingerbread, especially around the holidays. Cardamom is a wonderfully fragrant spice that goes well with gingerbread. If you don't care for cardamom, you can substitute allspice or cinnamon.

Marcus Samuelsson's Apple Cake
I always joke about how bad my mom’s cooking was, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that a lot of what I know about cooking came from her. I can’t even count how many times she made this honest, simple apple cake—it seems as if we always had one in the refrigerator and another in the freezer, just in case we had unexpected company.

Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake made of two layers of sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream sandwiched in between and chocolate on the outside, in this case, chocolate ganache. I haven't found a good explanation to why this is referred to as "pie" but it does originate in Boston, created back in the 19th-century by French Chef M. Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel.

Molten Lemon Cake with Simmered Summer Blueberries
Here is a wonderful summer dessert based on the classic chocolate molten cake. Lemons and blueberries make a great combination. Adapted from a recipe from the restaurant Proof on Main in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake
Lemons are especially nice in cakes. Here is a wonderful dessert that is part cake, part trifle. The layers are soaked with lemon syrup with delicious lemon and mascarpone cream in between. Meyer lemons add a distinct flavor, but regular lemons will work just fine.

Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns
Here is a recipe for delicious flaky cinnamon buns from Tessa Kiros, author of Apples for Jam and her wonderful new book Falling Cloudberries.

Guinness Black and White Chocolate Mousse
Guinness is a wonderful complement to chocolate. This creamy dessert is served at The Guinness Storehouse, at St. James's Gate in Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse is currently Ireland's number-one international visitor attraction.

Chocolate Stout Cake
Chocolate and stout are great combination, so why not put them together in a cake? Chocolate stout, of course, is perfect for this recipe but any stout will do. Eat plain or dust the finished cake with powdered sugar or for a real treat, drizzle with the chocolate drizzle suggested below. This cake will keep for several days and is great for gift giving.

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Syrup
Meyer lemons are beautiful fruit. Originating in China, Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between lemons and Mandarin oranges. They are slightly sweeter than regular lemons. They work great in this delicious pound cake.

Chocolate Dessert Recipes for Valentine's Day
Nothing says love like, "I baked it myself." Impress your valentine with one of these delicious chocolate desserts.

Mini Chocolate Velvet Bundt Cake
These mini cakes can be dressed up with a little Dark Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows) spooned over the top and allowed to drip down the sides.

Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake - Recipe from the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon
The tradition of the Inauguration Luncheon dates back at least a century. Approximately 200 guests including President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall. The menu by Design Cuisine is based on favorites of President Abraham Lincoln.

Hefenkranz (Yeast Wreath) - German Christmas Bread
Hefenkranz (or "yeast wreath") is a sweet bread from southern Germany, traditionally served around the holidays.

Eggnog Mini Cakes
Here's a wonderful eggnog flavored cake perfect for the holidays. Works great in a holiday shaped mini-cake pan but you can also use a regular bundt pan, cupcake pan or tube pan.

Betsy's Panettone
Betsy Oppenneer was given this recipe by a 90-year-old lady in her church in Dallas; it had been passed down through her family. Betsy altered it only to be more specific in the measurements.

Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Biscotti
These American-style biscotti are lighter and more tender than their Italian counterpart. Though not particularly suited to dunking in coffee or wine, they’re appreciated by kids and older people, or anyone whose idea of a cookie runs more towards something tender and crunchy, rather than the rock-hard biscotti favored in Italy.

Spicy Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Here's a twist on a classic treat. Pumpkin seeds and a pinch of cayenne turn this into a gourmet confection. Serve with an aged cheddar for a great pairing.

Pumpkin Orange Cheesecake with Grand Marnier
The flavor of oranges is a wonderful complement to pumpkin. The addition of spices and Grand Marnier (an orange liqueur) give the flavor of this cheesecake a nice complexity. Luscious and flavorful, this dessert is perfect for special occasions.

Chocolate Maple Pecan Pie
This chocolate maple pecan pie is rich, decadent and delicious. Simple to make as far as pies go.

Raspberry Champagne Sorbet
Sorbets are very simple to make. In this recipe, we've replaced the water with champagne which complements the raspberries very nicely.

Sea Salt Caramel Gelato
Gelato is the Italian form of ice cream. Typically it is more dense than the American version. Sea salt is a wonderful complement to caramel and does not create an overpowering salty flavor at all.

Election Day Cake
In the early days of America, voters would have to travel great distances to cast their ballots. The women of the hosting towns would serve cake to the visiting voters. The Election Cake (also called Hartford Election Cakes) is a yeast-raised fruitcake first reported as early as 1771 in New England then spreading in popularity through the West in the nineteenth century. Not heavy like a true fruitcake, spices, whiskey and colorful dried fruit make this a delicious and patriotic treat.

Mango White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Here is a great mango dessert. I love bread puddings and this one has a wonderful flavor combination with the mango and white chocolate. The bourbon caramel sauce really puts it over the top.

Pear, Rasperry, and Chocolate Crumble
Here is a wonderful dessert that is simple to make but will impress your guests. Flavors of pears, raspberries, and chocolate all combine impressively for a perfect dessert.

Grilled "Baked" Apples with Walnuts and Cream
Your home grill is a great way to cook apples. This recipe calls for McIntosh apples but Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Empire will work just fine.

Fresh Fig Ice Cream
Here is a very simple to make recipe for ice cream that takes advantage of the wonderful flavor of fresh figs.

Key Lime Souffle With Raspberry Chambord
Delicious and sweet, this simple dish makes an elegant dessert. Fresh raspberries make this recipe really stand out, but frozen will work just fine.

Fudgy Brownies
Delicious and moist, these brownies are definitely for chocolate lovers. Dense and rich, these brownies are more similar to fudge than cake.

Strawberry Beaujolais Sauce for Ice Cream or Cake
Here's a very versatile strawberry sauce that is great for desserts but also is nice on poultry dishes. Spoon over ice cream, pound or angel food cake, pancakes or waffles or French toast, fresh melon wedges, roast duck, chicken, goose or game hens.

Strawberry Panna Gelata
Gelato is Italian for ice cream. Gelato's are denser than ice cream, creamy but with less fat content. Here's a strawberry version that's simple to make in your ice cream maker.

Meringue with Strawberries and Chocolate
"This is my friend Sue's meringue. It's well—dressed, showy—quite over-the-top—and easy to make. You can add a little confectioners' sugar to your cream as you whip it, if you like your sweet things very sweet. I whip it without and just shake a little sugar over the top of the cake to serve. This is lovely with strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries, served in slices with a big cup of milky tea."

Parmiggiano Ice Cream with Balsamic Glazed Strawberries Recipe
This beautiful dessert was created by Chef Giancarla Bodoni of Miami's organic Italian Escopazzo Restaurant.

Maple-Star Anise Mousse
Maple syrup infused with star anise creates a flavor that is clearly more than the sum of its parts. This mousse has a light, creamy, buttery, licorice-like flavor that barely registers maple as its principal sweetener. Serve it in glasses with some crushed pecans or walnuts as a terrific dessert, or use it as a filling for a torte or carrot cake.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp
This classic dessert comes from pastry chef Kate Zuckerman of New York's famous Chanterelle restaurant.

Blueberry and Citrus Sorbet “Layer Cake”
This frozen fruit dessert is so easy to make, yet looks very impressive. Fresh blueberries are perfectly complemented by creamy lemon and orange sorbets. Chopped walnuts are added for a little crunch and added depth of flavor.

Mocha Sherbet Freeze
This delicious frozen dessert recipe was created by former Chez Panisse pastry chef David Lebovitz. A creamy concoction of chocolate and coffee...two of my favorites.

Milk Chocolate Mousse with Champagne Gelee and Berries in Chocolate Cup
This recipe was created by Los Angeles celebrity chef Joachim Splichal (Patina Restaurant) for the 59th Annual Emmy Awards Governors Ball.

Plum Praline Semifreddo
Semifreddo is Italian for "half cold" and refers to a variety of cold or frozen desserts. This recipe is very similar to ice cream and combines fresh plums and pecans for a delicious frozen treat.

Strawberry Baked Alaska
Here's a refreshing twist on an American classic. This recipe for Strawberry Baked Alaska may seem difficult but it's been divided into short, easy-to-follow steps. Give it a try. Recipe created by Chef Mindy Segal of MK and MK North (Chicago, IL) courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission.

Grand Cookie Crumble
Both a drink and a dessert, "drinkable desserts" combine fancy cocktails with luxurious desserts in one of the hottest food trends.

Chocolate Sorbet
Here's a recipe for a beautifully simple and elegant dessert that's also low-fat. This sorbet has a rich, luxurious chocolate taste. High-quality chocolate will give this dessert fantastic flavor, but it will still taste great with less costly chocolate.

Carrot Cake Ice Cream
My wife likes carrot cake. I like ice cream. So I combined the two to make everyone happy. This is not ice cream that has bits of carrot cake in it. It's ice cream that tastes like carrot cake.

Chocolate Lava Cake with Cherry Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Lava Cakes are so called because the center of the cake is a thick liquid chocolate and oozes out when cut, like molten lava. These make a great surprise dessert and, although pretty simple to make, will impress your guests. The chocolate flavor is intense (especially if you use bittersweet), so I like to serve it with vanilla ice cream to balance the flavor.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Crème Anglaise
Flourless chocolate cake is a beautifully rich dessert. You will find it on the menu of many upscale restaurants but it is quite simple to make. Easier than most regular cakes, in fact, because if undercooked it will have a nice fudgy texture unlike the sogginess of an undercooked flour cake. I like to serve this with crème anglaise. Vanilla and chocolate naturally compliment each other and you get a nice contrast in temperatures and textures.

Coconut Creme Brulee
Crème brûlée is a very popular dessert that you will find in almost every fine dining restaurant. The smooth creamy custard contrasts very nicely with the crunch of the hardened sugar topping. A delightful dessert that will impress your guests, crème brûlée is actually quite simple to make. This particular version has a wonderfully rich and creamy coconut flavor.

Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert that has become very popular in recent years, showing up on the menu of most fine dining restaurants. The creamy custard contrasts nicely with the crunch of the caramelized sugar on top. Crème brûlée comes in many variations. This recipe uses pumpkin puree and spices for a delightful pumpkin pie flavor.

Classic Creme Brulee
Crème brûlée is a very popular dessert that you will find in almost every fine dining restaurant. The smooth creamy custard contrasts very nicely with the crunch of the hardened sugar topping. A delightful dessert that will impress your guests, crème brûlée is actually quite simple to make. This recipe is the classic version of crème brûlée which has a very nice vanilla custard flavor.

Maple Creme Brulee
Crème brûlée is a wonderfully creamy dessert that is elegant yet simple to make. This recipe calls for pure maple syrup. The flavor of pure maple is really highlighted in this dish. Don't use artificial maple, it won't taste anything near the quality of the real stuff.

Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee with Caramelized Bananas
Crème brûlée is a very popular dessert that you will find in almost every fine dining restaurant. The smooth creamy custard contrasts very nicely with the crunch of the hardened sugar topping. A delightful dessert that will impress your guests, crème brûlée is actually quite simple to make. This particular recipe uses dark chocolate but you can also substitute bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate.

Black and White Chocolate Cheesecake
This dessert combines two of my favorite things: cheesecake and chocolate. White chocolate and dark chocolate are used to created a wonderful contrast in color and taste. Nestle Chocolatier dark chocolate chips work very well in this recipe. You can also chop up a bar of dark chocolate or, if you prefer, you can use semi-sweet chocolate.

Cranberry Sorbet Recipe
Cranberry sorbet is not too sweet and a little on the tart side. It's delicious on its own but also goes well with tropical fruit. For something different try serving with cinnamon toast on the side.

Peach Upside-down Cake
Peach upside-down cake looks like a difficult, fancy dessert to make but it's actually quite simple to make. Your guests won't know that, though. More importantly, using fresh peaches creates an unforgettable dessert that is simply delicious. It's pretty good with canned peaches, too. Great for entertaining your friends or just dinner with the family.

White Chocolate-Green Tea Ice Cream
Recipe reprinted with permission from GREEN TEA: 50 HOT DRINKS, COOL QUENCHERS, AND SWEET AND SAVORY TREATS by Mary Lou Heiss (Harvard Common Press, 2006).

Melon Trio in Lavender Champagne Syrup
This melon trio in lavender Champagne syrup makes a very elegant dessert. The spice-filled syrup adds a wonderful complexity to the sweet melon flavors. A great way to end any dinner party.

Watermelon Sorbet
Quick and easy, watermelon sorbet is a refreshing summer treat that everyone will love.

Brown Sugar Glazed Bananas with Roasted Peanuts and Lime
This exceedingly quick and easy recipe blends sweet, sour, and salty flavors. It is a great way to use up bananas before they get too ripe. We like to make this with the small finger bananas, sometimes called nino or baby bananans, and top them with a scoop of coconut or white chocolate ice cream. Avoid roasted peanuts that contain seasonings suh as paprika or garlic salt. - Mary Cech and Jennie Schacht

Banana Rum Fool with Candied Ginger
A fool is a traditional British dessert made with cooked fruit that is then pureed or mashed and mixed with cream. Gooseberries were the fruit of choice in the past but any fruit can be used. This recipe uses bananas, rum, and candied ginger to create a fool with a more Caribbean twist.

Chilled Rhubarb & Strawberry Soup - Gourmet Dessert Recipes
Soup for dessert? You bet! Two signs of spring, rhubarb and strawberries, match wonderfully in this delightful dessert. A scoop of mascarpone cheese adds a luxurious texture to the dish.

Baileys Chocolate Pots de Creme - Gourmet Desserts
Pot de creme (pronounced poh duh KREHM) is a traditional French dessert that consists of a rich, creamy custard cooked and served in small pots. The classic flavoring is vanilla but here we will be adding chocolate and Baileys for an Irish twist.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
This luscious dessert recipe combines two classics: Banana's Foster and bread pudding. It make the perfect ending to a New Orleans' Mardi Gras party or a special dinner with friends. Using whole milk and a buttery bread like challah or brioche creates a very delightful but rich dish. If you prefer something not so heavy, substitute 2 percent milk and French bread.

Pomegranate Banana Cheesecake with a Chocolate Crust
Cheesecake is my favorite dessert. It's easy to make but the results are extraordinary. Rich, creamy, and sweet, cheesecake is just heavenly! In this variation, pomegranates, bananas, and chocolate combine beautifully to produce a wonderful dessert sure to please your guests or family.

Molten Chocolate Cake with Pomegranate Granita
Pomegranate seeds look like wonderful purple jewels. They have a sweet, sharp flavor that makes wonderful desserts. Pomegranate and chocolate is a traditional combination because the flavors match so well. Pomegranate season runs from September through December. The juice and seeds can be frozen.

Apple and Maple Caramel Cheesecake
Is there anything better than cheesecake for dessert? Rich, creamy, and sweet, the cheesecake stands out as one of my all-time favorites. Cream cheese, caramel, pecans, and maple syrup are a natural combination. Sinfully delicious, this dessert is perfect for entertaining special guests or as a treat for your family. This recipe has several ingredients but is quite simple to prepare.

Apple Cider Sorbet
Sorbets are much easier to make than ice creams and generally more flavorful. As an added bonus, they are usually fat-free or, at least, low fat. Apple sorbets are normally tart. I use apple cider instead of juice to give it a richer flavor. Adding rum gives the sorbet a more complicated taste. A very simple recipe.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Candied Ginger and Hot Bu
Here's a New England favorite with a Caribbean twist. Rich and decadent, pumpkin matches well with ginger and rum to create a bread pudding your guests won't forget. A fast and easy recipe that's full of flavor.

Cheddar and Apple Clafouti with Maple Creme Anglaise
Clafouti is a traditional dessert made of fruit covered with a thick batter and baked until puffy. Apples and cheddar cheese are a classic combination that create a mouthwatering dessert suitable for a family dinner or special occasions. This dessert can be served hot or cold.

Brandied Peach Shortcake with Raspberry Mascarpone and Almonds
Here's a twist on an old classic. Sweet, juicy peaches shine in this dessert that is sure to be a family favorite.

Cantaloupe and Orange Muscat Sorbet
Here is a light refreshing dessert for grown-ups only. Fresh melon combines with an exotic hint of Muscat. Serve with shortbread cookies.

Cherry Apricot Clafouti
Enjoy the fruits of summer in this delightful dish. Clafouti is a cakelike fruit dessert in the French tradition, here using a delicious combination of cherries and apricots.

Fresh Strawberries with Coconut Crème Anglaise
Sometimes simple is better. Lush, ripe strawberries in season are something to really celebrate. The addition of coconut cream creates a dessert that is the perfect finish to an elegant meal.

Banana Cheesecake
Create an unforgettable dessert experience for your family or guests. Roasted bananas and macadamia nuts combine in this cheesecake recipe to create a magical taste sensation.

Espresso Granita
Here is a very inexpensive dessert using espresso or coffee, fine cocoa and sugar. A very simple traditional Italian frozen dessert similar to sorbet, granita usually has a courser texture but you can make it as smooth as you want.

Mango Sorbet with Cumin and Cinnamon
Beautifully sweet fresh mangoes combine wonderfully with spices like cumin and cinnamon, a very delicious sorbet with an exotic twist.

Lemon & Green Tea Ice Cream Tortes
This Lemon & Green Tea Ice Cream Torte recipe uses store-bought ice cream in unusual specialty flavors for an easy, elegant dessert.

Basil Ice Cream
Using fresh and dried basil, this wonderful ice cream shows basil's versatility. Very flavorful and still sweet, this frozen dessert is perfect after a nicely cooked steak. The addition of fresh berries makes a very colorful presentation.

Maple Pecan Squares
Here is a delicious bar cookie recipe using one of Fall's delightful sweet ingredients, maple syrup. Use grade B maple syrup if you can find it. It has a deep rich flavor perfect for baking.

Gâteau de Hannouka - Polish Hanukkah Apple Cake
Here is wonderfully simple apple cake for Hanukkah. This traditional Polish cake uses a combination of sweet and tart apples to make a very delicious dessert. "Known as a ‘Jewish apple cake’ because oil is substituted for butter, it is called ‘Gâteau de Hannouka’ in France."

Praline French Toast

Caramelized Bosc Pears with Hazelnut Butter

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Passover Lemon Sponge Cake with Strawberries
This sponge cake is basically an angel food cake with egg yolks added. And what's more perfect for spring than the first strawberries of the season. Leavening comes only from whipped egg whites; flour is replaced by matzo cake meal and ground almonds. There is no dairy.

Semolina Cookies with Date (Ma’amoul)
Ma’mouls are a traditional Lebanese cookie served for Easter. These holiday cookies are made with semolina flour and flavored with rose water and orange blossom water and stuffed with dates, pistachios or almonds or walnuts. The cookies are somewhat conical in shape that represents the crown that Christ wore on the cross and the sponge that was given to him when he asked for water.

Pastel de Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake) is a traditional Cinco de Mayo dessert served at this Mexican celebration. This sweet and moist butter cake is soaked with three varieties of milk: evaporated, condensed and cream. A light meringue topping adds just the right amount of contrast for this wonderful dessert.

Cherry Clafoutis
This is a wonderful custard dessert recipe using sweet cherries, almonds and crème fraîche baked in a cast iron skillet.

Honey Spiced Madeleines
Based on the classic French recipe, these madeleines are much more flavorful with hints of ginger, cinnamon and cloves, orange zest, and honey.

Ginger Cookies
If you love ginger, you'll love this cookie. This is really a triple ginger cookie, using ginger spice, fresh ginger and crystallized ginger.

Milk Fudge - Jamoncillo De Leche
Mexican desserts are brightly colored and deliciously sweet. This yummy treat is the perfect example. This tasty milk fudge recipe only uses 5 ingredients but tastes divine. Add food coloring to create a rainbow of treats. You can also experiment with additional flavorings such as coffee extract or coconut oil.

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents)
Vanillekipferl is a traditional Christmas cookie originating in Austria, although it has become a popular holiday sweet in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Children love help making these delicious cookies, shaping the dough into little moons.

Cinnamon Corn Ice Cream with Blueberries
This is the perfect frozen treat to cool down this summer. The fresh flavor of corn goes wonderfully with the creaminess of the ice cream. Blueberries are fantastic with corn but you can use any berry you like.

Ginger Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches
Here's a wonderful frozen treat to cool down on those hot summer days. In this recipe, bright and tangy ice cream is sandwich between soft ginger cookies!

Savannah Buttermint Ice Cream
This an absolutely fantastic creamy ice cream with a wonderful salty butter and peppermint flavor. Delicious flecks of white chocolate are found throughout. The secret ingredient in this recipe is butter flavor drops. I don't usually use flavorings, but it really works in this case.

Peach Fritters
Who doesn't love fried sweet dough? This fritter recipes uses fresh, juicy peach to make them even more delicious! They're very addictive on their own or can be served with ice cream or a chocolate dipping sauce.

Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries and Blueberries
Red Velvet Cake is a wonderful Southern tradition made with cocoa and a delicious cream cheese frosting. The moist cake is a chocolaty red color from the addition of red food coloring. In this recipe, we add fresh berries between the layers for an extra level of sweetness!

Mixed Summer Berries with Honey Sabayon
Sabayon is a classic Italian dessert which is much like a thick cream. It goes wonderful with summer fruits like raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. It's also quite good with figs or peaches. This sauce is made from cream, egg yolks, a sweet wine and sugar (here we've used honey). For a spectacular presentation, layer the sabayon with the fruit in large wine glasses.

Goat Cheese and Purple Basil Soufflé
This is a grown-up dessert: barely sweet, herbaceous, and complex. The tanginess of the goat cheese complements the refreshing clarity of the basil, making this a truly sophisticated ending for a summer dinner party. If you can't find purple basil, the green variety will work just fine.

Pear and Thyme Crisp with Goat Cheese Mousse and Lavender Honey
This recipe is a very delicious twist on classic pear crisp with fresh thyme, mild goat cheese and lavender honey.

Favorite Gourmet Fall Dessert Recipes
Here is a dozen of my favorite Fall desserts highlighting fresh ingredients that are in season this time of year.

Balsamic-Strawberry Pops
Beautiful balsamic vinegar and a little ground black pepper bring out the sweetness of fresh strawberries in this delicious frozen treat.

Top 10 Gourmet Cake Recipes
A good homemade cake is the ultimate in desserts. More time consuming than most desserts, a beautiful cake will definitely impress your guests. So whether you are looking for a celebration cake or just something to enjoy with the family, this collection of cake recipes has something for everyone!

Steamed Persimmon Pudding with Spiced Rum Sauce and Dried Persimmon Slices
Persimmon Pudding is a delicious traditional American dessert served at the holiday table. It is similar to the British Christmas pudding, steamed in a mold with a texture like a bread pudding, Ripe persimmons have a wonderful sweet, mild flavor and go wonderful with raisins, candied ginger, and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg).

Pear Upside-down Gingerbread Cake
This is a beautiful gingerbread recipe for when pears are in season. The moist and slightly sticky gingerbread is rich and incredibly flavorful. Lots of lovely spices create a wonderful depth of flavor which complements the pears quite well. I use Bosc pears in this recipe because they hold their shape well when baked. Serve this scrumptious dessert plain or with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts (Soufganiot)
A favorite treat around the Hanukkah season are jelly doughnuts! Here is a great traditional recipe for soufganiot that everyone will love. These delicious baked sweets are commonly filled with strawberry jam but any flavor you like will work, just make sure to use a high quality brand (or homemade!).

Easy Christmas Desserts
Desserts don't have to be complicated to look amazing and taste delicious! Try one of these wonderful dessert recipes to serve on Christmas day. Your family and guests will thank you!

Chocolate Bread Pudding
Here is a rich and decadent bread pudding recipe that is easy to make in your slow cooker. Chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and bananas create a delicious bread pudding that is perfect for family and gatherings.

Ricotta and Pear Cake
This dessert is a little complicated to make but is definitely worth the effort. One taste and you'll understand why it's one of Southern Italy's favorites. Pears, hazelnuts, and ricotta compliment each other very well in this delicious cake.

Almond Meal Cookies with Coconut and Cacao Nibs
I'm the first to admit that gluten-free cookies are not my first choice. These delicious goodies might just change your mind like they did mine. Almond meal is the base with shredded coconut and cacao nibs - a delicious treat with only a slight suspicion that it might be healthy!

Chocolate, Banana, and Graham Cracker Icebox Cake
Sometimes simple is the best! Milk chocolate, eggs, cream, bananas, graham crackers, and a pinch of salt - that's all you need for a fantastic dessert that will make everyone happy!

Banana Pudding with Moonshine Whipped Cream
Homemade pudding is so delightfully for delicious than the box brand. This yummy banana pudding is made with heavy cream, fresh vanilla and bananas, Add vanilla wafers (recipe below or use store bought) and a very nice whipped cream flavored with moonshine (or bourbon) for a dessert that is simple to make but very impressive.

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with Lemon and Rosemary
Olive oil cakes are incredibly moist with their own distinct flavor (be sure to use a good quality oil). Lemon and rosemary pair beautiful in this cake with just enough chocolate to make it decadent!

Spring Sweet Bread
This simple quick bread is perfect for gift giving. Light, sweet cake-like bread using your favorite dried fruits.

Polish Babka
This wonderful sweet bread is traditional served around Easter in Poland. Babka is Polish for grandmother. The sweet bread contains raisins and candied fruit, iced and then served with a delectable rum sauce.

Tennessee-style Marshmallow Cookies
Here is an amazing Summertime treat! Basically a s'more cookie made with homemade marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, peanuts - all dipped in chocolate - it's great for children and adults alike.

Salted Butter Caramel–Chocolate Mousse
Salted caramel may be getting trendy but this is one dessert worth trying. Butter, cream, sugar, eggs, chocolate, and a little high quality salt. Simple but absolutely magical when properly combined. Wonderful for a family dinner but elegant enough for even the fanciest of parties.

Raspberry Rhubarb Lattice-top Pie
This is a wonderful fresh fruit pie with raspberries and rhubarb with a hint of cinnamon, fresh orange zest, and almond extract. If it's early Spring and you have rhubarb but no fresh local raspberries on hand, feel free to substitute frozen berries in the meantime.

Apple Cinnamon Pull-aparts
Apples are one of the best fruits for baked desserts. The wonderful aroma of the apples along with spices will have everyone impatiently waiting around the oven. These pull-aparts are like a great brioche rolled up with apples and slathered in a decadent sugary glaze!

Old-Fashioned Potato Doughnuts with Coffee Glaze Recipe
The secret ingredient to light and delicious doughnuts is mashed potatoes. These doughnuts have a wonderful nutmeg scent with a sweet coffee glaze.

Fresh Peach Cake
The secret to a great peach cake is using the freshest peaches possible at the peak of the season. If peaches are out of season, you can add a bit of peach schnapps to the batter to boost the flavor.

Gooseberry and Almond Cake
Here is a very simple cake recipe that is great for a nice brunch or paired at the end of a meal with a glass of port. Gooseberries and almonds pair beautiful in this light, airy cake. Gooseberries have a hint of plum flavor and wonderful texture.

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