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  • When a whole pie is just too much, perhaps a smaller dessert might be in order – like the Mini Banana Cream Pies that Jumbo Empanadas baked up. These tarts are very simple and consist of layers of custard and sliced bananas. The tarts are each about the size of a single sliced banana, too! If you have a kitchen torch, take a moment to top the final piece of banana with sugar and caramelize it on top to finish off the look and add a little extra crunchy sweetness to these goodies.
  • Carrot cake is a classic and a good one is going to be moist, tender and flavorful. Dunk Twice‘s Carrot Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting meets all of these criteria, especially when it comes to flavor because you simply can’t go wrong with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting. The cake itself includes more brown sugar, pineapple, walnuts, raisins and shredded carrots, and this recipe also comes with several notes about ways to cut the fat down and make it a little healthier, too!
  • Candies are not as difficult to make as they look and can make great homemade gifts or treats. The Peanut Butter Crunch Truffles from Piece of Cake have a dark chocolate coating surrounding a crispy, creamy peanut butter center. They look fancy when you set out a whole bowl, but they’re easy to put together. The secret comes from a combination of chopped peanuts nuts and crispy chow mein noodles, which add a crunchiness to the candy centers that you couldn’t get any other way. It’s like a peanut butter cup – only better.
  • There are many ways to bake a lemon cake, but the general rule is that you want to get as much lemon flavor into them as possible. Food Gal made Saveur’s Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake, a recipe by Maida Heatter that definitely packs in the lemon. The cake calls for the juice and zest of two meyer lemons as well as two whole tablespoons of lemon extract! The cake is glazed with a sweet, lemony syrup and wrapped overnight before serving to give the flavors time to develop. It lives up to its name, and you might just find yourself baking this instead of a batch of lemon bars the next time you have a lemon craving.

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  • Belinda @zomppa
    January 26, 2011

    Great listing! That Meyer lemon has me fantasizing.

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