Category Archives: Puddings, Custards and Mousses

Ricotta and Cream Cheese Tiramisu

Ricotta and Cream Cheese Tiramisu, with bite!

Tiramisu is traditionally made with ladyfingers dipped in coffee that are layered with a rich mascarpone cream. I like it because I love the coffee element of the dessert, and I also like the fact that it is so easy to put new flavor variations on it that it’s hard to get stuck in a rut with it. Rum and marsala wine often appear in ... Read More »

Nutella Rice Pudding

Nutella Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. I almost always save leftover steamed rice, whether it is homemade or came from leftover Chinese takeout, so I know that I can whip up a batch when the mood strikes me. I usually make my rice pudding with vanilla and simply let the flavor of the milk shine through in the finished pudding, but ... Read More »

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 »

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