Just Dessert

Watermelon Granita Recipe

A slushy frozen treat for prime watermelon season
Aug 16, 2013 11:00 am

Paying homage to the season, Antonella Rana, co-owner of Rana Pastificio in NYC's Meatpacking District, wanted to showcase watermelon, a coveted summer ingredient in her native Italy.

Grilled Lemon-Saffron Pound Cake Recipe

Wrap up Grilling Month with a sweet grilled dessert
May 24, 2013 11:02 am
grilled pound cake
Photo: Frankie Frankeny

Michael Chiarello is a master of cooking over fire — we don't call him a Grilling God for nothing. His new book, Live Fire, is an aptly named volume full of professional tips for some of the best food you've ever tasted off the grill. Including dessert. 

Polenta Custard Recipe

Three pronged corn attack: sorbet, milk and bread
Jan 14, 2013 3:01 pm
Photo: Rebecca Fondren

We're big fans of Uchi, well worth a trip to Austin by itself. But, you know, get tacos and stuff too. Ready to put some effort into one of the best desserts we've ever tasted? These folks cook methodically (for good reason), so break out that scale and get ready to show your sweet tooth a little love. 

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.


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