Posts in Dessert
Chocolate Cream Pie

One of my favorite pastry cookbooks is Flour by Joanne Chang. Her recipes are easy to understand, and flawless. Her chocolate cream pie uses no starch in the filling, and the first time I made it I thought there was no way it would set up. I was wrong. I’ve made a few changes to the recipe to make it a bit simpler, but it is still the best chocolate cream pie I’ve ever eaten. Vanilla paste is one of my “secret” ingredients, and adding to both the filling and topping puts this pie on a whole new level! Also, be sure to use good quality chocolate.

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DessertSavanna Givens
Apple Pie with Milk

My mother made an apple pie once a year, and she always served the slices in a bowl with milk poured over.  I never had her recipe, but I’ve been making a yummy apple pie for many years, and this is my recipe.  Sometimes I cheat and use ready-made pie dough, but it’s a rare occasion.  This crust recipe is easy to make, and tastes delicious!  Be sure to use lots of apples in the filling, since they shrink during cooking.  And don’t forget to eat it with cold milk!

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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake originated in the United States, and has no German ties at all.  The layers of chocolate cake are filled with a buttery coconut icing that is so rich and decadent, it doesn’t even need to be completely covered.  But why not add some chocolate ganache drizzled on top to make it the perfect dessert for the chocolate lover in your life!


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DessertSavanna Givens
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Carrot Peels

There are lots of carrot cake recipes in the world, but I think this one is the best! It makes three layers, but sometimes I cut them in half to make six thin layers with frosting between each.  I prefer a “naked cake” without frosting on the sides, but you can load it up with all the frosting you want, because it’s really delicious made with vanilla bean paste.

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DessertEvan Wei-Haas
Pecan Bars

If you’re looking for a perfect dessert to take to a party or package up for a gift, this is the recipe!  The buttery dough is good enough on its own, but the pecan caramel filling makes this one of the richest and satisfying bite you’ll ever take. 

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DessertEvan Wei-HaasHolidays
Banana Layer Cake with Whisky Caramel

Here’s a decadent cake that will impress your family and friends!  There are three layers of cake separated by delicious vanilla cream, and topped with whiskey caramel.  Frankly, making caramel intimidates me, so sometimes I make this cake and top it with a good quality caramel from a jar. 

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DessertEvan Wei-HaasHolidays
Caribbean Citrus Cake with Rum Glaze

Although this cake is full of tropical flavors, I like to make it during the holidays as well as the summertime.  Sometimes I add grated coconut and garnish it with toasted coconut.  You can even top it with pomegranate seeds with the thyme leaves for a holiday showstopper.  If you don’t want to use rum, you can certainly substitute with vanilla extract.

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DessertEvan Wei-HaasHolidays
Fruit Galette

Making pies can be intimidating if you’re out of practice.  I think galettes are much easier.  They’re more informal, allowing the grace of not looking perfect.  Plus, you can eat the slices with your hands without any mess. 

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DessertEvan Wei-HaasHolidays
Chocolate Banana Muffins

At my house we call cupcakes without frosting muffins.  We kid ourselves that muffins are healthy, and cupcakes are dessert.  Well, however you want to justify these chocolate banana muffins is fine with me, because you’re going to love them, and so will everyone you share them with. 

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