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15 Fall Dessert Recipes for Dinner Parties Recipe

15 Fall Dessert Recipes for Dinner Parties

10.13.15 by Jackie

Let’s just pretend I’ve been here the whole time, and pick up where we left off, shall we? Last time I took a break from writing, it was still summer! Long story short, we vacationed in Mexico, then came to visit my parents in Paris, then my cell phone died and I got my laptop robbed! Everything I didn't last back up, I lost. Oh it feels good to be back! I missed my digital life and I am so genuinely thrilled to be back to blogging and get back to my old habits. I'm skipping like a schoolgirl, especially during this season, giddy for  a crisp autumn. I don't know about you, but I’m smitten with these coming months and all the season's bounty brings.

Anybody with me? I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Fall desserts. And if you have any plans to host a party, you will love this post filled with my favorite ingredients, pecans, pumpkin, figs. Enjoy!

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Rum Raisin Ice Cream with Almond Chocolate Croquant Recipe

Rum Raisin Ice Cream with Almond Chocolate Croquant

09.19.14 by Jackie

After dropping Aria at preschool the other morning, I had plenty of time once I got home. The ice cream maker had been sitting on out kitchen counter for the entire summer and I decided to use it one last time before it goes back to hibernation, just like a bear. 

I made a simple custard using whole milk and chilled it overnight. I churned the ice cream and finished it with rum soaked raisins. The result was silky and delicious but not too rich. 

I used a chocolate almond croquant as the "delivery device" and garnished the fancy dessert with golden kiwis and red currants.


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Orange Flan Recipe Recipe

Orange Flan Recipe

04.04.14 by Jackie

It's already the weekend, and as usual, I'm sharing with you the sweets our family has been enjoying these days. Today, to prepare a dessert with ingredients that reflect the produce of this season--oranges--I made a flan flavored with white Port wine and orange zest. 

The secret to the dish lies in the trio combination of mascarpone cheese, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Baby Aria loved the creamy, velvety texture of the flan, but her favorite part was the delicious caramel sauce. I didn't need to ask her twice if she wanted dessert!

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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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New Year's Eve Dessert Suggestions Recipe

New Year's Eve Dessert Suggestions

12.28.12 by Jackie

Here's part 2 of this year’s New Year's Eve party food ideas. I made a list of dessert suggestions you might consider serving on the 31st. If you have a big crowd, I suggest miniature-sized desserts so everyone can try a sampling of all the choices. If your New Year’s Eve plans are more intimate, make one dessert, and make it fabulous!

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