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Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

This cheesecake recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, which is an American twist on the European pastry crust. The recipe tops this cheesecake with sour cream frosting, which makes a tart contrast to [more…]

Sweet Tapioca Pearls

People usually have strong feelings about tapioca — and if you grew up on the gooey tapioca pudding cups served in school cafeterias, those feelings may be strongly negative. Get ready to redress your [more…]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Bites

This very rich and very creamy dessert is perfect for a crowd event. Cheesecake itself symbolizes holiday fun, but this recipe is great year-round. Because they're bite size, they're easy to serve — a [more…]

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is the queen of comfort desserts. Enjoyed around the world in infinite versions, rice pudding is always creamy and soothing, and it has just enough chewiness to satisfy. [more…]

Blueberry French Toast Cobbler

This blueberry cobbler uses French bread, which makes the best French toast (and therefore the best blueberry French toast cobbler), but it isn’t the only kind of bread you can use. If you don’t have French [more…]

Candy Making Essential: Thermometers

Thermometers are extremely important in the candy-making process because slight variances in temperature can make the difference between a successful batch of candy and one that's inedible. Two essential [more…]

Grilled Bananas with Caramel Sauce

Bananas on the grill make wonderful desserts. Because of their natural oils and sweetness, bananas need surprisingly little adornment — this recipe includes a simple caramel sauce. [more…]

Chocolate Custard

Creamier than traditional chocolate pudding, this chocolate custard is smooth on the tongue and rich in taste! Making chocolate custard in your slow cooker makes for a rich pudding experience. [more…]

Measuring and Sifting Basics for Cookie-Making

In regular cooking, you can get away with adding a pinch of this and some of that. But in cookie baking, it's important to pay attention to the quantities of ingredients that each recipe calls for. If [more…]

Florentine Cookies

Florentines are a favorite Old World cookie. Although preparing Florentine cookies requires several steps, you won't regret the extra time, especially when you see the satisfied smiles on the faces of [more…]

Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue pie uses eggs in two ways: the yolks for the lemon custard and the whites for the meringue. Make this lemon meringue pie with a premade piecrust, as in this recipe, or make your own crust [more…]

Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized bananas are a classic Chinese restaurant dessert. With this banana recipe you end up with a crackly, cooled candy glaze surrounding soft, piping-hot bananas at the center — the best of both [more…]

Candy Making: Nutty Butter Crunch

A butter crunch (also known as a butter crisp) is a crunchy confection that you cook to at least 290 degrees F. This candy is similar to toffee (a crispy confection that contains a lot of butter and sugar [more…]

What Are Fruit Cobblers and Crisps?

Baked-fruit desserts fall into two main categories - cobblers and crisps. Popular fruits to use in both cobblers and crisps are apples, peaches, and berries. Whichever flavor you prefer, who can resist [more…]

Raspberry Ribbon Pie with Meringue Crust

This raspberry pie recipe makes a wonderful low-carb dessert. The raspberry ribbon pie isn’t only delicious and very different, with its meringue crust, but it’s also very pretty. [more…]

Key Lime Cheesecake

Key limes are native to the Florida Keys (hence the name). Although it’s called Key lime cheesecake, you can make this cheesecake with regular green limes, with equally delicious results! [more…]

Foil-Wrapped Baked Apples

This easy baked-apple dessert lets you complete most of the work before you get to the grill. You just wrap the cored, nut-and-raisin-stuffed apples in sheets of foil and set them on the back of the grill [more…]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The pineapple upside-down cake in this recipe develops a nice caramelized bottom (or is it top?) because of the caramel. A pineapple upside-down cake is called that because . . . well, you flip it over [more…]

Pizelles (Italian Wafer Cookies)

Pizzelles are classic Italian wafer cookies. Pizelles are baked on a specially designed iron that imprints them with a lacy design. Pizzelle irons are available in the cookware section of department stores [more…]

Apple Brown Betty

Whoever Betty was, she must have been a creative, thrifty cook with some day-old bread, butter, and apples on hand. Apple Brown Betty transforms simple ingredients into a really cozy, homey dessert. [more…]

Hazelnut Cake

This hazelnut cake recipe comes from the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. You can serve this tasty hazelnut cake on its own, but it’s better with a dollop of ice cream. [more…]

Peach Crisp

You can make wonderful desserts, like this peach crisp, in the summer by using fruit from farmer’s markets. This simple peach crisp recipe allows you to really enjoy the flavor of the tree-ripened fruit [more…]

Devil’s Food Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

This devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream takes a bit of work, but it’s worth the effort. To give this cake the best devil’s food chocolate flavor, be sure to use natural, not Dutch-processed or [more…]

Double-Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert that was created in Australia by a pastry chef to honor the famed Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. This double-chocolate version of the dessert is an airy, crisp, light meringue bowl [more…]

Baking a Better Cake

Baking cakes is kind of an art, and the more experience you have, the more comfortable you’ll become with the cake-baking process. Keep these tips in mind when you start baking cakes: [more…]

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