Just Dessert

Apple Turnovers Recipe

That's English for "Empanadas de Manzana"
Oct 15, 2012 4:02 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 3:31 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 4:01 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.

Red Velvet Twinks Recipe

Add a tangy twist to a generational dessert
Oct 2, 2012 4:01 pm
Photo: Ben Fink

This recipe makes a Twinkie snack cake with a Southern twist. Working in Miami as a pastry chef, I quickly became familiar with this local favorite, and the classic Twinkie has benefited from my conversion. Goat cheese adds a wonderful tang to the traditional cream cheese filling and elevates it to a whole new level.

Five-Spiced Plum And Red Wine Sorbet Recipe

Plums and wine unite for a unique frozen treat
Sep 12, 2012 5:01 pm

A great-colored sorbet, and perfect for using up ripe plums. Try adding a scoop to a glass of chilled champagne!

Pigwich Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Pig out on the bacon dessert craze with cookies
Aug 27, 2012 2:01 pm

Chef Gerard Craft has always had an affinity for the pig at his restaurants, and knows how to have fun with it. Read on for his Pigwich recipe: milk chocolate shortbread cookies with whipped bacon fat cream.

Sunday Night Dinner Deserves Dessert

Light, summery, easy-to-make dessert recipes
Aug 19, 2012 2:01 pm

Make this sweet honey avocado lime ice cream while avocados are in prime season.

Fried Apple Pie Recipe

A recipe for apple pie that goes for a fry!
Jul 2, 2012 5:31 pm
fried apple pie

What's the one thing more American than apple pie? Quiet, dude who knows apple pie is actually German. Fried apple pie, thanks dude who has his priorities in order! 

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