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Christmas Dessert: Macaroon Parfait Recipe Recipe

Are you still looking for the perfect dessert to serve this holiday season? This dessert contains all the three elements I would usually enjoy as a child during the Christmas season in France: citrus, coconut and chocolate. And how did I accomplish such a feat? By creating a kumquat macaroon parfait, of course! 

To make the dessert Christmas-themed, I made two colored chocolate puddings. One was prepared with white chocolate powder and green-colored chocolate chips and the other with strawberry powdered drink mix and red chocolate chips. The base and top of the dessert were made with macaroons. 


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Berry Baklava Recipe Recipe

Berry Baklava Recipe

09.20.13 by Jackie

My husband's youngest sister loves sweets, but she often finds desserts to be too sweet for her palate. Baklava, for instance, is overwhelming for her. I found a remedy to this situation by adding berries. The fruits help balance the sweetness of the dessert by adding natural acidity.

I started by preparing a traditional baklava. Once it had cooled, I filled the dessert with a thin layer of freshly crushed berries, topped with a layer of mascarpone cheese to again reduce the sweetness (and for extra decadence) and garnished the finished product with fresh berries.


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Pumpkin Pain d'Epices Parfait Recipe Recipe

I made a pain d'epices last week and it most of it went very quickly. Pain d'epices translates to "spiced bread"; it's similar to gingerbread with the exception that no ginger is used. Also it's made with rye flour, honey and spices such as star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. I'll post the recipe for this moist bread next week. Tonight, I used the spiced bread remnants and made beautiful layered pumpkin cream parfaits for the holidays.

To complete the French dessert, I made it literally look "parfait" with a spun sugar decoration!


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Bourbon and Caramel Tiramisu Recipe Recipe

Tiramisu is one of our family's favorite desserts. In the past, I've made individual servings in cups as well as larger cakes. I've also played around with the flavor combinations. This time around, I prepared a tiramisu with salted caramel and Bourbon. For the cookie part of the tiramisu, I used liquor-soaked bite-sized wafers. 

The result is an airy, delightful mousse with a hint of alcohol, which makes the perfect sophisticated dessert for adults.


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Marshmallow Dessert with Raspberry Coulis Recipe

If like me, you sometimes run out of time but still want to serve quick and easy dessert, give this marshmallow treat a try. I melted marshmallows into a creamy fluff and mixed with mascarpone cheese. This recipe utilizes a great shortcut: a blend of lecithin, xanthan gum and lemon extract as a binder, but of course you could firm up the cream with a regular egg custard.

I also made a delicious coulis de framboises ("raspberry sauce" in English) to brighten both the flavor and presentation of the dessert. The raspberries I used tasted great but weren't that visually appealing anymore. Sauces are always a great way to make use of the fruits in your kitchen that may have lost some of their sex appeal.

The main reason I made this dessert is that I have been feeling bad for my husband Lulu, who's whining a bit about how healthy our meals have become. It took me probably 20 minutes tops to assemble this beautiful dessert, so we both win! He's got it tough, hasn't he?


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