For any viewers who prefer the savory battles of Top Chef over the dessert drama of Top Chef Just Desserts, last night was the challenge for you. For the elimination, Gail Simmons brought out several flags from different countries and instructed the chefs to each choose one. Naturally, they assumed they would be making a dessert from said country...
Now That's Dessert!
This cake is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter— not the least bit guilt-inducing. Using a springform pan makes it easier to release this cake in an intact round, but the same can be achieved with a flexible silicone pan.
This fantastic dessert is perfect for the cool months of late fall and winter. Cubes of tender pumpkin bread are baked in a rich custard laced with bourbon and maple syrup. Crisp apple cider is the base of a buttery caramel sauce spiced with fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise. Forget about serving the same old pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and put this out instead...
This is one of the easiest pie crusts to make and is a great base for your favorite fillings, from peanut butter mousse to key lime custard. It literally involves three ingredients and the technique can be likened to playing in a sandbox. Use whatever fruit's in season for a guaranteed hit - who doesn't love homemade pie? It also makes a great cheesecake...
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