Category Archives: Puddings, Custards and Mousses

Cafe Con Leche Creme Brulee

Cafe Con Leche Creme Brulee

Creme brulees are a popular restaurant dessert because, while they are delicious, they are actually very simple to make and can be prepared easily in advance of service. Since they’re so common, I tend to forget that I can make them at home – and make them much better – than the versions you can find at most restaurants. This Cafe Con Leche Creme Brulee ... Read More »

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Pedro Ximénez is the name of a white spanish grape varietal that is used to produce an intensely sweet sherry that is typically served as a dessert wine. The grapes are dried in the sun before being juiced, so the resulting wine – which is fortified and aged before being bottled – has a strong taste of raisins and molasses/brown sugar. I happen to enjoy ... Read More »

Passion Fruit Pudding Cakes

Passion Fruit Pudding Cakes

Pudding cakes are sometimes called self-saucing cakes, as a pudding-like custard forms beneath an airy sponge cake while ht dessert is in the oven. I most often make lemon and chocolate pudding cakes, but they can be made with other flavors, as well. Tropical passion fruit is an excellent choice in these individual pudding cakes, delivering just the right amount of tropical flavor in each ... Read More »

Easy Blender Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Easy Blender Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme

Pots de creme are an elegant French dessert, a custard that is somewhere between pudding and creme brulee in texture. Traditionally, the recipes call for cooking the custard in a water bath in the oven to ensure a smooth, silky texture. The water bath is what causes many people to skip making this lovely dessert altogether, as the can be a bit of a hassle ... Read More »

Maple Coconut Rice Pudding

Maple Coconut Rice Pudding

When it comes down to it, I have a soft spot for classic vanilla rice pudding. It could be because it is the type of dish that my grandmother would make and serve all the time, or it could simply be because I love custard desserts. Vanilla may be my go-to, but I’m still always experimenting with new flavors for rice pudding to give a ... Read More »

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

I like the combination of cranberries and coconut in holiday baked goods. Cranberries have a bold, sweet-tart flavor that enlivens a wide variety of desserts. Coconuts are buttery and rich, whether you are using the meat or the milk. Together, they create desserts with wonderful contrasts of both color and flavor. This Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding is a great example and a solid dessert to ... Read More »

Individual Buttermilk Bread Puddings

Individual Buttermilk Bread Puddings

The beauty of bread puddings is that they are easy to make and can be made in almost any flavor with just a few simple tweaks to the basic recipe. While I often use simply milk or cream in my bread puddings, I decided to mix things up by making Individual Buttermilk Bread Puddings this time around. These single-serving bread puddings are sweet, without being ... Read More »

Prune and Cognac Clafoutis

Prune and Cognac Clafoutis

Cognac is a wonderful French brandy that is full of rich flavors that include raisins, apples, warm spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee), wood and toast – and that is to name only a few of the flavors you might encounter. The exact flavor profile of cognac varies between blends, between brands and between cognacs that bear different age statements. Though some of the tasting notes may ... Read More »

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