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 Favorite dessert recipes and more

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December 2007

Cranberry-Mascarpone Pots De Crème

There is another holiday favorite. It can be done up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated till the serving time.

Raisin-Eggnog Bread Pudding

The least thing you want to do on Christmas morning or morning after New Year celebration is to cook. I hate the whole idea of spending hours in the kitchen rather than being with my family and sharing my son’s… Continue reading →

Lemon Poppy Seeds Pretzel Cookies

This is my variation of Nick Malgieri’s recipe for Vanilla Pretzels, from his “Cookies Unlimited”. The cookies are not as hard and crunchy as the most of similar shaped cookies. They even stay cakey and tender in the middle.

Molasses Spice Cookies

The cookies are big, sweet, mildly spiced, crisp, and crunchy but not hard. They go well with anything – milk, coffee or tea. I like to crush them over ice-cream or even yogurt. The cookies are the great keepers, they… Continue reading →

Honey Maple Pecan Tart

More a confection than a pastry; it screams out loud for a double shot of espresso. The tart is seductive and rich. Serve it thinly sliced. If you wish you can substitute all or part of the pecans for walnuts.

Pineapple Coconut Cookies

These are sooooo good! They are actually among my favorite cookies and I have to admit I’m quite picky… The cookies are easy to prepare but they are the best the day they are baked. This way they are crispy… Continue reading →

Cranberry Almond Semifredo with Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

This is a delicious frozen dessert and you won’t even need an ice-cream maker for this. There is another advantage – it can be made up to 3 days before serving and kept in a freezer. The recipe requires 6… Continue reading →

Panforte Nero (Panpepato)

This is a wonderful treat for us, grown-ups. The panforte makes a great gift since the flavor only improves with aging and allows you to have it ready well before the Christmas fuss. Panpepato pears beautifully with dessert wines, coffee,… Continue reading →

Cornmeal Focaccia with Figs

This is an example of simple country food. And you probably have all ingredients in your pantry. A crunch of the cornmeal ties so nicely with a crunch of seeds in the dry figs. This is Carol Field’s recipe.

Cocoa Bean Almond Roulade

I’m always pleased with Alice Medrich’s recipes. This roulade is not an exception. The flavor, texture and presentation are all marvelous. The dessert can be made in advance and, definitely, it’s worth to be served during holidays. I adapted the… Continue reading →

Coffee and Chocolate Pots de Crème

This is the easiest chocolate dessert and also the fastest to prepare. Although it needs 2 hours of chilling time. Sure, the flavor greatly depends on the quality of the ingredients, so buy excellent chocolate and you will get wonderfully… Continue reading →

Espresso Pretzels

These are fun to make but the shaping process takes some time. Start when you are not in a hurry and enjoy. The pretzels are pretty and delicious.  

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