Elegant Dessert Recipes

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Apricot Tart with Almond Cream and Kaffir Lime Ginger Glaze Recipe

I was in the mood to bake today. I thought about making apple tartes amandines but everyone said they were bored with this flavor. So to please the whole house, I paired the almond cream with fresh ripe apricots. In France, you would order "une tarte amandine aux abricots, s'il vous plait!" in a patisserie (bakery). You probably won't learn this phrase in any French for tourists books, but I'm telling you, it's essential for your survival .

For the glaze, I had Laura's apricot pie jelly, a few kaffir lime leaves left that I did not used for my sweet and sour pineapple soup and some fresh ginger. It gave a nice kick to the apricot.

I know what you're going to say about my family. How spoiled are they?

apricot almond cream tart


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Chestnut Mousse (Mousse aux Marrons) Recipe

Chestnut mousse, or mousse aux marrons in French, is to die for. In France, I would rarely make it as it is easier to buy the Marronsuis Nestle brand. It's as good as the homemade version. Unfortunately, it is not available in California. I found that my local store carries French chestnut puree, so I bought some and came home and made the delicious goodness right away.


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Coffee Tiramisu Parfait with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce Recipe

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. The combination of the mascarpone cheese filling with the strong flavor of the coffee syrup is to die for. Traditional tiramisu calls for ladyfinger cookies, but I used amaretti cookies because they are small and fit in the parfait glasses without having to break them.  I think amaretti cookies are delicious on their own or when paired with an espresso cappucino, but they take on a whole new life when used in this velvety Italian dessert. 

I prefer making tiramisu parfaits rather than the regular "family style" tray of tiramisu. The parfaits are easy to serve if you have a lot of mouths to feed, and they look very elegant whenever served at a formal dinner at home. The small portions will make your guests feel less guilty.


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Mocha Milk Chocolate Pot de Creme Recipe

A pot de crème is an egg custard that is very often flavored with chocolate. It's sort of a French version of chocolate pudding.

Preparing it is very easy. You basically follow the recipe for crème brûlée, but you bake the custard a little longer to get a thicker result.


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Egg Free, No Bake, Berry Good Cheesecake Recipe

Ah, cheesecake! It's an amazingly rich (read unhealthy) dessert that is a favorite in our family. One of the girls is allergic to eggs, so she's never had one. She's the reason I learned how to use xanthan gum and lecithin as a substitute for eggs. This seemed like a perfect application.

I'm pretty sure you won't miss the eggs, and I'm positive you won't miss having to bake the cheesecake. If you've ever had one curdle, this is the recipe for you.


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