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Pistachio And Almond Cake With Orange Salad Recipe

A nutty, citrusy dessert from the hills of Italy
Dec 24, 2012 1:01 pm
Photo: Ed Anderson

This homespun loaf cake evokes the nut tree-covered hills of Avellino and the lemon-scented Amalfi coast. The cake batter is primarily ground raw nuts, generously flavored with lemon zest. The latter gives the finished cake a pronounced citrus flavor that pairs well with the orange salad.

The Only Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe You Need To Know

Crisp cinnamon sugar cookies à la Pichet Ong
Dec 17, 2012 3:01 pm

We're big on desserts by pastry chef Pichet Ong (and we won't turn down his style advice, either). His recipe for snickerdoodles is perfect when the urge to bake holiday cookies strikes. No fussy chopping of nuts or fine grating of chocolate, no salted goat milk caramel. Just crisp, chewy, cinnamon-sugar cookies you might want to bake by the double-batch.

Silky Smooth Banana Pudding Recipe

We all know texture is just as important as taste
Dec 6, 2012 5:01 pm
easy banana pudding recipe
Photo: goodiesfirst on Flickr

This banana pudding recipe is the quintessential Southern dessert. Creamy bananas blend seamlessly with eggs and cream to make a sweet custard that's easy to dress up for a dinner party or simply as-is. Deal serves his with jalapeño ice cream and corn bread crispies, but whether it's crushed Nilla wafers or something a little more ambitious it's hard to lose with this one. 

Perfect Poached Pears Recipe

Bramble sauce and thick clotted cream to boot
Nov 7, 2012 12:01 pm
Photo: David Loftus

Some people say it’s hard for fruit-based desserts to hit that pleasure spot in the same way a cake or pudding can, but honestly these poached pears with this syrupy brambley sauces are really heavenly, and actually very convenient for something like a dinner party.

Tapioca Coconut Cake Recipe

Cake made of tapioca pearls? Just add papaya.
Oct 31, 2012 3:01 pm

The pearls are clearly visible in both of our versions, suspended in a cooked egg mixture. I’ve kicked things up, though, by flavoring the cake with coconut and lime and serving it with papaya. This makes a unique dessert, one I urge you to try.

Apple Turnovers Recipe

That's English for "Empanadas de Manzana"
Oct 15, 2012 3:02 pm
apple empanada recipe
Photo: Jeanine Thurston

My parents' house in El Paso had four fruit trees in the backyard—apple, apricot, peach and membrillo (quince). Mi mama  sat for hours peeling piles of apples and then she would make warm apple pies and empanadas. I have simplified the recipe to avoid cooking the apples first, and they come out just as tasty as mama’s.

Texas Grapefruit Pie Recipe

Grapefruit Pie: Everything's sweeter in Texas, too.
Oct 5, 2012 2:31 pm
Photo: Carole Topalian

This pie is reserved for the true blue Texas grapefruit fan, and not for the faint of citrus. The texture is that of a key lime pie with the appearance of a lemon chess pie. Plus, learn a pastry trick that's extremely useful for any pie filling that requires boiling.

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars Recipe

Just like a Snickers bar recipe. Except better.
Oct 4, 2012 3:01 pm
Photo: Ben Fink

My assistant has been working on perfecting the classic Snickers bar. Her latest version actually transcends the store-bought ones. I make a double batch of them and store one in the freezer. I think they might even be better when served frozen. You decide.


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