Desserts
Poached Honey Pears Topped with Ginger Custard

Poached Honey Pears Topped with Ginger Custard

This variation of the classic French dessert combines the sweet succulence of pears with rich, ginger-laced custard. It is not difficult to make, nor does it take much time, yet it bears a simple elegance. SERVES 4 4 large pears, ripe but still slightly firm...

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Baked Apples with Honey and Brandy

Baked Apples with Honey and Brandy

On a crisp fall or winter day, what could be more comforting than a spicy baked apple adorned with whipped cream? SERVES 4 4 large tart apples (such as Cortland or McIntosh) ВЅ cup honey Вј cup brandy 2 tablespoons water ВЅ teaspoon cinnamon Pinch nutmeg Pinch...

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Maple-Glazed Baked Stuffed Apples with Crme Frache

Maple-Glazed Baked Stuffed Apples with Crme Frache

A dessert that is relatively simple to prepare yet tastes so rich and satisfying. The apples are coated with maple syrup and filled with a mixture of walnuts, raisins, and spices that puffs up during baking. The sweetness of the apples and maple syrup is nicely...

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Marinated Oranges in Grand Marnier Sauce

Marinated Oranges in Grand Marnier Sauce

If top-quality sweet oranges are available, this fat-free, simple dessert is just the thing to serve as a light finale to a rich or heavy meal or as a sweet conclusion to a brunch. SERVES 4 6 navel oranges 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon water Вј teaspoon cinnamon Two...

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Brandied Fruit Compote

Brandied Fruit Compote

You could substitute different fruits in this delicious compote, such as oranges, pears, or figs; the idea is to have a mixture of dried and fresh fruit (all dried fruit is too heavy), and be sure to include the sliced banana. I love the combination of brandy and...

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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

These are great served alone or alongside cookies, cakes, or other fruit desserts. They should be made the day you are going to serve them, for the berry sweats after a while and changes the texture of the chocolate. Using room-temperature strawberries ensures that...

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Raspberry Almond Torte

Raspberry Almond Torte

Tortes are cakes made with ground nuts or bread crumbs and little or no flour, and they are usually only about 2 inches high. But there are many exceptions to this definition, and tortes look very different from one another. Unlike the Mocha Walnut Torte, which is...

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Peach Almond Torte

Peach Almond Torte

During the height of the peach season I love to make this sweet, buttery torte and serve it with espresso as part of a special meal. It is quick to make, and is best served warm or at room temperature. Although it is still delicious on the second day, it tends to get...

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Mocha Walnut Torte

Mocha Walnut Torte

This very quick torte is unusually light and smooth, with the ground walnuts being barely discernible. It is covered with my favorite icing a heavenly chocolate ganache and the entire torte can be assembled up to 3 days before serving with no noticeable loss in...

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

This is a most unusual cake in which part of the batter rises to the top to form the cake layer, and a thick, creamy pudding develops on the bottom to serve as a sauce. Serve it warm, and for an outrageously good combination try it with vanilla ice cream. SERVES 6 1Вј...

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