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Dessert is always a pleasure, but sometimes you want to up the ante a little, to make your guests utter a blissful sigh and lick their spoons. Packed with intriguing recipes and invaluable advice, Unforgettable Desserts helps you do just that. Baking expert and cooking show host Dede Wilson has created a collection of desserts that range from simple and elegant to exotic and extravagant. They are all absolutely unforgettableand you don't have to be a pastry chef to make them. In Dede's hands, even the simplest, homiest treats like brownies and rice pudding become showstoppers. Dazzle your friends and family with treats such as:
Breakfast, Brunch, and Snack Cakes Celebrate morningor snack timewith Lemon-Ginger Scones, Butter and Cream Sugar Crunch Cake, and Gianduja Banana Baby Cakes with Hazelnut Streusel.
Cookies and Bars Imagine serving elegant Matcha Tea Leaf Shortbreads, Almond-Apricot Brownies with Tart Cherry Ganache, and Pistachio Butterballs.
Fruit Desserts A little embellishment elevates fresh fruit into something truly special, whether it's Summer Berry Vacherin with Crème Fra?che or the ultimate Strawberry Biscuit Shortcakes.
Cakes From straightforward to spectacular, cakes that taste as incredible as they look: Ricotta Cheesecake with Clementine-Cranberry Marmalade, Chocolate Mango Cloud Cake, and Toasted Coconut Cake with Lime Curd and Mount Gay Rum.
Pies and Tarts Rustic or refined, from reimagined American classics to new takes on traditional European desserts: Red and Purple Plum Tart with Marzipan Crumble, Espresso Black-Bottomed Pie in a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust, and Deep-Dish Sour Cream Apple Pie with Lemon-Cardamom Streusel.
Custards, GelÉEs, Mousses, and Puddings Smooth, spoonable delights like a ring mold filled with Champagne-Cassis Mousse, Warm Chocolate Velvet, and even The Giant Cream Puff.
Frozen Desserts and Sauces Swoon-worthy
treats made from store-bought ice cream or from scratchno ice cream machine needed! Try Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Pan-Roasted Blueberry Ice Cream or Espresso-Stracciatella Semifreddo with Kahlúa-Caramel Sauce.
Candies, Confections, Truffles, and Tidbits A little something to surprise and delight: Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Bites, Hot Chocolate Truffle Bombs, and Fleur de Sel Caramels.
Separate chapters give valuable information on equipment and ingredients, and provide basic recipes for pie doughs, cake layers, and cream fillings. Throughout the book, Dede offers expert advice on everything from choosing the right chocolate to keeping cookies crisp to making her recipes your own.
Luscious and instructive, Unforgettable Desserts gives you everything you need to make the last part of the meal the most memorable part.
More than 140 Memorable Dessert Recipes for All Year Round
Photography by Alexandra Grablewski
Show-stopping desserts for all occasionsand all levels of expertise
"Think of celebratory cakes that are brilliant to behold, that tempt you with their looks alone, and then follow through with their exquisite flavors and textures. But don't forget the more humble-looking desserts. A small, dark truffle may be unassuming to look at, but then your teeth break through a thin, bittersweet chocolate shell with a snap, and that gives way to an impossibly creamy center, spiked with the unexpected juicy spurt of fresh raspberries. At times like this, you feel like you have never really tasted chocolate before. The same awakening can be repeated with a seemingly simple pound cake. From the outside, it appears to be familiar, but upon first bite, the sugary, crunchy crust wakes the palate. The dairy flavors mingle and burst forth, along with an exquisite velvety texture. It all adds up to a pound cake experience like no other." Dede Wilson