Category Archives: Dessert Sauces

Mango Pavlovas

Mango Pavlova

Pavlovas are a wonderful way to showcase fresh fruits. The desserts are based around a large meringue, which is crisp on the outside and marshmallowy inside, that is piled with softly whipped cream and fresh fruit. Of course, you can get creative with a plain pavlova and introduce all kinds of custards, chocolates and other goodies to it, but I am partial to simple configurations ... Read More »

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract at Home (Without a Barrel)

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract

Many spirits are barrel-aged, including rum, whiskey and even gin, to name a few, because spending time in a barrel softens the bite of the alcohol and adds additional flavors to the spirit. Most – but not all – spirits are aged in oak barrels and the wood will add slightly different properties depending on how it was prepared. These days, people have been experimenting ... Read More »

Crepes Suzette

Crepes Suzette

Thin, tender crepes are one of my favorite pancakes – though, admittedly, I like them all – because they are so versatile. The relatively plain batter can easily be made savory or sweet, depending on what you’re in the mood for. When I want something simple, I just spread my favorite preserves onto freshly made crepes and roll them up. When I want to do ... Read More »

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

Vanilla sugar is the most common flavored sugar, and it’s one that you’ve probably made – it’s a great way to use up spent vanilla beans – or sprinkled on top of hot or cold cereal for breakfast. I keep a big container of it in my pantry and use it to add extra vanilla flavor to cookies and quick breads, too. But vanilla sugar ... Read More »

Toasted Pound Cake

Toasted Pound Cake with Quick Berry Compote

Pound cake is a versatile cake that can be eaten any number of ways. You can eat it plain, topped with fresh fruit or ice cream, or even toast it. You might not think about cake as a food that you normally toast, but pound cake is the exception to that general rule. It is dense enough to hold up well to slicing and toasting, ... Read More »

White Balsamic Macerated Peaches

Balsamic Macerated Peaches

Balsamic vinegar is a thick, syrupy vinegar that is known for its intense flavor. It is made from grape must, which is freshly pressed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit, that is highly concentrated and aged. It is typically a very dark color and it is used for all kinds of culinary applications, both savory and sweet. One of ... Read More »

How to make Coconut Cream Whipped Cream

Coconut Cream Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch for many desserts. Light and creamy, it can provide a good contrast for intensely flavored desserts, such as rich chocolate cakes, and it can also bring all the elements of a summery shortcake together. All you need is heavy cream and a mixer – or a strong arm, if you want to burn a few calories before you ... Read More »

Homemade Chocolate Almond Spread

Chocolate Almond Spread

Nutella is a delicious – and addictive – chocolate hazelnut spread that is popular just about everywhere. As it has become more popular (here in the US, at least), I have noticed similar spreads popping up that feature different nuts. For instance, I’ve seen chocolate-peanut spreads and chocolate-almond spreads. I attribute the popularity of these other flavors to the popularity of these other nuts, as ... Read More »

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