Sweets & Desserts Recipes

Sweet snacks and sweet meal enders. Brownies, blondies, cookie squares and cookie bars, cakes, cupcakes, pies, tarts, ice cream and sorbets... they are all in this section. If all that is not enough, there are microwave mug cakes and no-bake dessert subsections too.

Fresh sliced bananas with honey-yogurt dressing and toasted coconut

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Sam had been bugging me to bake dessert but, as much as I want to humor her, I'd rather not in this heat. I've baked a batch of granola bars for her a few days ago, I will again probably tomorrow or later today, but a cake or cupcakes or cookies? Oh, no, no, no, no. Not until the terrible heat and humidity let up for at least a day.She's still asleep as I write this, … [Read more...]

Frozen yogurt: more pricey than homemade ice cream but easier to make

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When frozen yogurt became fashionable a few years back, frozen yogurt parlors started mushrooming in malls and shopping centers. Most of them sold plain yogurt by the scoop topped with whatever the customer chose from a selection that included cereals, crushed chocolate bars, fruits and nuts. I tried a couple of outlets, didn't think there was anything spectacular and I … [Read more...]

No-bake Nutella and cream cheese dessert

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It's like tiramisu with less coffee taste but with the addition of chocolate with hazelnut undertones (Nutella, what else?). No baking nor cooking required for this beautiful dessert. It's ready in 10 minutes but it really benefits from sitting in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and for the flavors to blend. It's really hard to resist not digging into the glass … [Read more...]

Vanilla leche flan ice cream

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The original plan was to bake brownie shells and serve the ice cream in them. So, I told Dexie, the feisty cook who also made ice cream over the holidays. But the oven was problematic and the cake shell baking pan was too large to fit into the turbo broiler. No brownie shells materialized, in short. But I went ahead and made the ice cream.Based on a recipe that I had … [Read more...]

Yema balls

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When I met with girl friends from law school for our annual Christmas get-together one night last week, we exchanged gifts and each of them got a container of yema balls from me. The photo above was taken by one of my friends while we were having coffee that night. She posted it on Facebook and I'm using it (thank you, Laly!) because I've made huge batches of yema balls … [Read more...]

Dark chocolate and rice crispies bars, Nestle Crunch style

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Did you know that you can make chocolate bars at home with no need for molds and other special equipment? That's right. And for melting the chocolate, a double boiler isn't even required. Just microwave the chocolate, stir in whatever you want to add to it, spread and cool until firm, cut into bars and enjoy.What can be added to the chocolate? Anything and everything, … [Read more...]

Dessert crêpes with applesauce and dark chocolate ganache

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Without garnish, crêpes are just thin pancakes. Dress them up and they become a gorgeous dessert.I made crêpes early this morning intending to serve them for breakfast. I was going to brush the crêpes with applesauce, fill them with poached apple slices, sprinkle them with powdered sugar, and serve them. But the remaining block of dark chocolate on the kitchen island … [Read more...]

Apple fritters

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My first encounter with "apple fritters" was with Country Style Donuts where the fritters are made with donut dough with bits of apples, fried and rolled in sugar. I loved those apple fritters. I still do. Country Style outlets have become fewer but when we pass one, Speedy and I always choose the apple fritters over all the other products.Well, I don't have to wait … [Read more...]

Lemon chiffon cake with lemon glaze

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The aroma is in the cake; the tang is in the glaze. Why? Because the lemon zest went into the cake while the lemon juice went into the glaze. If you have't discovered it yet, lemon zest is highly aromatic but without any substantial tang. It is the juice that is really acidic.This lemon chiffon cake is best served as soon as the glaze is poured over it. That is when … [Read more...]

Choco-vanilla marble chiffon cake

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When they were younger, the girls loved Goldilocks mocha-vanilla chiffon cake. You know, the one sold by the slice? That and the chicken pie were the only Goldilocks items we bought. Well, until the crust of the chicken pie became bread-like rather than flaky and the filling became more potatoes than chicken. After that, the mocha-vanilla chiffon cake became the only … [Read more...]