Category Archives: Dessert Sauces

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 »

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas foster is a dessert that was created in 1951 by Paul BlangĂ© at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was named for Richard Foster, a friend of the owner. It is a dish where bananas are cooked in a caramel sauce made with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and rum, then served over vanilla ice cream. The dish is a hit because of its ... Read More »

Almond Cake with Blueberry Compote

Almond Cake with Blueberry Compote

If any cake recipe could inspire you to bake cakes a little more often, it should be this one. This Almond Cake is an easy, low maintenance cake that needs no special preparation and tastes delicious even when it is served plain. The finished cake has a dense, pound cake-like consistency and a tight, tender crumb. It has a good almond flavor, which I enhance ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer lemons are a hybrid citrus fruit that are a cross between mandarin oranges and lemons. Meyer lemons have a bright lemon flavor, but are much less acidic than a regular lemon. This makes them seem a little sweeter, and their slightly milder flavor allows honey and floral notes to really come through in the juice. Meyer lemons can be used in recipes that call ... Read More »

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