Category Archives: Puddings, Custards and Mousses

White Chocolate Panna Cotta Easter Eggs

White Chocolate Panna Cotta

Easter is basically synonymous with chocolate these days and whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it is hard to pass up an opportunity to get a little more chocolate into your diet. Chocolate bunnies are delicious, but I prefer chocolate Easter eggs – especially when the chocolate dessert in question happens to be White Chocolate Panna Cotta Easter Eggs. For this dessert, I made ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Creme Caramel

Dulce de Leche Creme Caramel, with bite

Creme caramel has a bit of a bad reputation as being difficult to make, but this is one myth that should be busted because it is nowhere near as difficult as it looks. Actually, you might want to keep the myth going just so you can impress dinner guests by bringing out perfectly molded creme caramels for dessert at the end of a meal! Creme ... Read More »

Apple Cider Bread Pudding

Apple Cider Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is an easy to make, comfort food kind of dessert that is always a good choice on a cool day. The dish is basically just bread cubes soaked in a sweetened mixture of milk and eggs, then baked – not entirely unlike like a big dish of french toast, although it is usually served for dessert, not breakfast. The best thing about bread ... Read More »

Eggnog Custard Pie

Eggnog Custard Pie bite

Eggnog is a natural fit for a custard pie recipe because eggnog is custard to begin with. Eggnog is a drink that traditionally made by combining milk, sugar and eggs with a splash of liquor and a bit of nutmeg. The most traditional recipes are uncooked (for which you should use pasteurized eggs) but most modern eggnog recipes are cooked to make them safer to ... Read More »

Cafe Latte Panna Cotta

Cafe Latte Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a very simple dessert to make, and a very elegant one at that. The basic panna cotta is a sweetened cream mixture that is just barely held together with a bit of gelatin, giving it an extremely tender (not jello-like) texture and a very light mouthfeel. A panna cotta can be flavored with all kinds of ingredients, but cream or half and ... Read More »

Individual Banana Puddings

Individual Banana Pudding

Banana cream pie and banana pudding are very similar desserts. Both have a vanilla custard base that is studded with slices of fresh bananas. Both have light whipped cream or meringue toppings. Both use some sort of cookie base – a graham cracker crust (although pastry is fine, too) for the pie and ‘Nilla wafer cookies (small, dry vanilla cookies) to give them some substance. ... Read More »

S’mores Bread Pudding

S'mores Bread Pudding

S’mores are – and probably always will be – a favorite summertime treat of mine. And I doubt that I will ever tire of coming up with creative new ways to combine s’more ingredients into new dishes. This time around, I looked at my bag of marshmallows, my package of Hershey’s bars (the classic chocolate, although other bars can be used) and a box of ... Read More »

Strawberry Cheesecake Tiramisu

Strawberry Cheesecake Tiramisu

I happen to think that tiramisu is a great summertime dessert because it require any cooking and it is served cold. It is also great for entertaining because it can – and should -be made well in advance of when you want to serve it. The only drawback to a tiramisu as a summertime dessert is that it doesn’t make use of any of the ... Read More »

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