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New York Cheesecake with Sour Cherry Topping

New York Cheesecake is super-creamy, soft, and has a lovely tang, thanks to a generous helping of sour cream in the batter. Sour Cherry Topping is the perfect bright accent for the rich and creamy cake. The crunchy graham cracker crust adds texture and ties the entire dessert together for a perfect slice of heaven. …

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Classic Chocolate Mousse

Classic Chocolate Mousse never goes out of style. This chocolate mousse recipe is the perfect marriage of light-as-air texture and rich, chocolate-y flavor. It just melts in your mouth. I always try to give you a little background and context for my recipes. But, honestly, what is there to say about Classic Chocolate Mousse? It’s …

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Pastry Cream – An Essential Recipe

Vanilla Pastry Cream is used it to fill cream puffs or eclairs. But that’s just the beginning. One vanilla custard recipe, so many possibilities. In a professional pastry kitchen we don’t reinvent the wheel for every single dish. We have a repertoire of what I’m calling, “essential recipes”.  There is no need to have a …

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Homemade Butterscotch Pudding with a hint of Bourbon

Butterscotch Pudding is pure comfort food. Add a hint of bourbon for a grown-up version of this childhood classic, or keep it alcohol-free for a kid-friendly dessert. Either way, it’s a delicious finale for your family dinner. If there is a more cozy dessert on the planet than pudding, I can’t say what it is. …

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Crème Anglaise – An Essential Recipe

Crème Anglaise, the classic custard sauce, is versatile and can be flavored a million different ways. This is a great basic recipe to have on hand. It can elevate an ordinary dessert into a special presentation. Crème Anglaise is one of those recipes that every pastry chef knows how to make and uses over and …

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Classic Sherry Trifle

This classic Sherry Trifle is made with layers of delicate ladyfinger cookies, raspberry preserves, homemade vanilla custard, plenty of sherry-wine, and mounds of vanilla whipped cream. Edible holly berries and leaves are the perfect decoration for an elegant Christmas dessert. I’ve been making this Sherry Trifle for years and years, and it’s my absolute favorite …

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Bourbon Butterscotch Cheesecake with Spiced Pecans

Bourbon Butterscotch Cheesecake!  Luscious cheesecake swirled with bourbon-spiked butterscotch then topped with more butterscotch and, even better, the cake is decorated with crunchy, spiced pecans. You want this, you know you want this! This is a dessert that just draws you in with it’s decadence. It’s got everything that good food-porn should have; it’s creamy, …

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Piña Colada Pie (With or without Rum)

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ If you like Piña Coladas…..You’ll love Piña Colada Pie!!! A toasted coconut-graham cracker crust is filled with a layer of pineapple/rum curd, a layer of coconut/rum cream and topped with a mound of rum-spiked whipped cream and, finally, a sprinkle of toasted coconut. Alcohol not your thing? Ok. Make it a …

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Layered Cheesecake – A New Take On Layer Cake

Lime Layered Cheesecake is the perfect slice of creamy, tangy dessert heaven. This is a true layer cake made with cheesecake layers instead of regular cake layers. As I’ve confessed before, despite the fact that I ran a successful custom cake business for 10 years, and I know exactly how to create the best cake recipes, …

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