When you can't have gluten, finding palatable substitutions to your favorite foods can be a real hassle. Luckily, we have Karen Morgan's The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free to help you through that quest. Take this thickly-frosted, fruit-stuffed pop tart as a shining example of what can be done with a little starch manipulation.
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Until now, tiramisu has always felt like a wintertime dessert. Witness this Seriously Delish creation, which uses whipped coconut milk and coconut rum to add a undeniably tropical note to a normally coffee-heavy dessert. It's just as rich and inviting as the original.
This cake uses whole wheat pastry flour and the zest of four lemons in its base, along with hearty glugs of extra-virgin olive oil. The top is all slices of caramelized Meyer lemon, and the whole shebang is baked up in a cast iron skillet, which gives it a bit of a crust, and a lot of rustic appeal.
Indulge in a little no-bake bliss with this cheesecake from Seriously Delish. Greek yogurt is mixed in alongside cream cheese, with a little sweetened condensed milk for, well, sweetness. It's tart, creamy, but not too dense; just the kind of cake you can enjoy more than once in a while. The simple base allows for all kinds of toppings, an assortment of which are suggested. Feel free to eat it plain or switch it up entirely.
A "tray bake" sounds like a peculiar thing, but it merely references a sweet dish baked in a rectangular container, cut into pieces—we're talking everything from brownies to fruit bars to sheet cakes. This iteration from The Ginger & White Cookbook may look to be a standard orange sponge, but that's far from the case: Ground almonds and egg form the base of the cake, with a flavorful orange purée folded into the mix.
Light layers of sponge cake sandwich bright, citrusy lemon curd in this cake from The Ginger & White Cookbook. The cakes bake up quickly and cleanly in springform pans, while the curd comes together on the stove. It's simple, but doesn't look that way, which is sure to impress a teatime guest.
At first glance, these bites from the new The Ginger & White Cookbook may look like popovers. Don't be fooled—these miniature "puddings" have a dense, custardy base infused with a toasted caramel flavor. The beauty of the dish is that each serving is composed of ready-made croissants, so all you have to do is whip up a little caramel.
When fruit is at its peak, it's best served simply; something that Paris Pastry Club author Fanny Zanotti knows well. This recipe for mead-baked peaches comes from a childhood memory of picking peaches in an orchard, and having them prepared just this way for dessert. The tangy yogurt is a lovely counterpoint to the soft, yielding flesh of the peaches. Crunchy honeycomb candy echoes the notes of honey in the mead, and provides a pleasant crunch.
How about a little pick-me-up? Paris Pastry Club presents a pared-down version of tiramisu, the classic dessert that blends cream and coffee with the help of spongy ladyfinger cookies. It's sized to serve one, which makes this an easy indulgence to put together any night of the week.
As Paris Pastry Club author Fanny Zanotti herself remarks, there's not much to say about crème brûlée that hasn't already been said. Its mild, creamy sweetness is a true delight; it's rare to find a person who doesn't like it. The recipe simple, but this preparation remains unique: a single serving of crème brûlée, served in its very own ramekin.
There's something so sweet and homey about a simple loaf. Hardy and adaptable, it can be wrapped in plastic and kept for days, or dressed up like it is here, with a spoonful of confit and some cream. This version, from Paris Pastry Club employs Earl Grey tea along with several sorts of citrus to create the finished product. It's lovely with coffee or, of course, tea.
What seems like a simple tart is so much more, thanks to the cleverness of this recipe from Libbie Summers' new cookbook, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude. It bakes up beautifully, a layer of pistachio cream mingling with juice from the mixed selection of fresh fruit. A fat scoop of vanilla ice cream is all that's needed for a finishing touch.
If the fire-breathing dragon wasn't hint enough, one bite will prove this cake is packing heat. In her recently released cookbook, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, Libbie Summers stirs hot pepper extract into a lightly spicy batter, and spikes the cream cheese frosting with spiced pecans. The fruitiness of the pepper works well with the carrot-heavy batter, further enhanced by traditional cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
Quite often, the best recipes are ones that can be made on the fly, allowing for changes and adaptations. The skillet corn cake from Sweet and Vicious: Baking With Attitude is one such beast; author Libbie Summers sticks to the same cake base, but provides five fruit options, each yielding a distinctly different flavor.
So named for the feeling they inspire, these Side-Slap & Tickle Cookies from Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude pack a powerful punch in the form of two dozen crushed malt balls, along with half a cup of cocoa powder. They're deeply chocolaty, with a delightfully chewy and crackly texture.
Pie that's ready to serve in less than thirty minutes is unheard of. That is, unless you're making mini coconut cream pies from Mother Daughter Dishes. The no-fuss crust is made of vanilla wafers, with a coconut pudding and meringue topping. Toasted coconut is scattered on top, for a double dose of flavor.
Certainly the easiest dessert in Mother Daughter Dishes, graham cracker bites are little balls of crunchy, toasty sweetness coated in salt-sprinkled chocolate. They barely require any effort, and taste even better after a nice chill in the fridge.
Icebox pie is one of those make-ahead treats that you can look forward to all day, knowing that a cold slice is waiting for you when you get home. Fruitful's icebox pie is a cloud of blackberry whipped cream set atop a condensed milk custard, all packaged in a graham cracker crust. The super-sweet custard is a pleasant surprise, hidden under purple clouds of berry cream, and the graham cracker crust adds a delightful toasty note.
This recipe came to Fruitful from Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin, the duo behind Brooklyn's Ovenly, a beloved bakery located in Greenpoint. Light and slightly tangy vanilla cupcakes are topped with a pale purple buttercream, flavored with black raspberries, a berry that's darker and slightly more tart than the familiar red raspberry.
Traditionally, the delicate madeleine gets its flavor from vanilla, butter and eggs. In Fruitful, Brian Nicholson adds raspberries and lemon zest, taking them from a teatime treat to an anytime indulgence.