- Coffee lovers will immediately be inspired by Love and Olive Oil‘s Mud Pie with Homemade Decaf Coffee Ice Cream because of the creamy coffee filling of the pie. You can’t buy decaf coffee ice cream in the freezer case at your grocery store, but you can make it at home. It’s as easy as infusing an ice cream base with lots of decaf coffee beans. Flavor-wise, you won’t know the difference when the ice cream comes out of the freezer, and while it’s likely that not a whole lot of caffeine occurs in your average coffee ice cream, it’s nice to know that you can get that great coffee taste without with dessert worrying about whether you’re going to be kept up all night.
- Nothing is better than strawberries at their peak, except perhaps putting them to good use in a dessert that really shows them off. Seven Spoons does that with a Strawberry Icebox Cake. This no bake cake towers just like a classic layer cake, but only takes minutes to put together. It is made with layers of fluffy whipped cream, graham crackers and a sweet strawberry sauce made with fresh berries. It’s a perfect summertime dessert.
- Rhubarb is a bit of an unusual vegetable, as it so often ends up in desserts. Not only that, but for how popular it is (and there are some die hard rhubarb fans out there), it often only shows up paired with strawberries in various dishes. Zen Can Cook takes rhubarb in a totally different direction by pairing it with white chocolate in Rhubarb and White Chocolate Souffles. The rhubarb is poached in the bottom of a ramekin, providing a sweet surprise underneath the light souffle and adding a great contrasting flavor to the chocolate.
- Cook’s Illustrated is always looking for the best recipe, so when they offer up a recipe for Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes , surely it should be put to the test. Pink Parsley did just this by testing out the decadent recipe, with its moist cake, ganache filling and rich frosting. Is it really the ultimate chocolate cupcake? For some, it just might be worth trying to see if it meets your standards as well as those of the test kitchen.
- Eton mess is an English dessert that is reminiscent of trifle, made using crumbled up meringue cookies, fresh berries and plenty of cream. My Worldwide Culinary Adventure‘s most recent variation is for Eton Mess with Vanilla Meringue. You need to invest a little bit of time making the meringues, but this is an easy and light dessert to prepare, with only a few ingredients, and is another great way to show off perfectly ripe and in-season berries.
Judging at the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships
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