Easier than pie and just as—if not more—delicious, crisp is the shortest route to fruit dessert happiness.
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Apple fritters should not be jelly doughnuts in which the jam is merely replaced with an apple filling. No, an apple fritter is a nubby affair with crisp bits of chopped apples scattered throughout and just the slightest hint of confectioner's glaze. Gluten-free fritters can be tough to make, but as it turns out, size matters. Our small fritters come out with the ideal ratio of crisp fried exterior to apple-packed crumb.
Fluffy and sweet, lotus seed buns are a popular treat at Chinese bakeries. As the name implies, they're flavored with a paste made from lotus flower seeds, which have a light, chestnut-like flavor. This recipe for homemade buns has been perfected to work with either low-gluten flour, or all-purpose. Hot from the steamer, they're a confection not to be missed. The only thing that could make them even better is a cup of bubble tea.
The best apple turnover you will ever have. Made with blitz puff pastry, the buttery and flaky pastry shell encases a sweet-tart Granny Smith apple-and-cinnamon filling that's perfectly cooked throughout.
The ultimate breakfast tart: buttery crisp blitz puff pastry and melted cheese form a decadent base for a gently cooked egg and roasted tomatoes.
Homemade puff pastry is so much better than store bought. This easier version produces the same layered effect but without the stress of a traditional recipe.
This homemade version of Boston Cream doughnuts makes sure every component rocks thanks to a dark chocolate glaze, vanilla bean pastry cream, and tender yeasted dough.
A base of croissant dough is filled with coconut, almonds, and cake crumbs, then garnished with more sliced almonds. It's an impressive-looking pastry that really isn't that hard to master.
These banana and chocolate chip croissants are quick and simple to prepare thanks to store-bought puff pastry.
In this toothsome homemade take on a commercial classic, a tender, flaky heart shaped crust is filled with Nutella, then baked to crispy-on-the edges, soft-on-the-inside perfection. A healthy dollop of confectioners' sugar glaze with rainbow sprinkles makes these treats as adorable as they are sweet.
With a heart-shaped cookie cutter it's easy to make a special treat for your favorite doughnut-loving Valentine.
This tender, buttery, fruit or nut-filled pastry takes its name from the Danish word for pretzel. But make no mistake, it's not your supermarket Danish.
I created a strudel that doesn't get a traditional strudel dough wrapping, instead getting rolled in a very thin brown butter pie crust. It's considerably less intimidating than an actual strudel dough, and tastes great.
Taiwanese pineapple cakes (fung li su) are more like an encased pineapple tart, with a thick, jammy filling and a buttery crust.
Three Babes Bakeshop shares their flakey all-butter crust for your mini pies.
People will think these are traditional cider doughnut holes, but they never actually see a fryer, instead getting a quick bath in melted butter and a toss in cinnamon sugar while still warm from the oven.
I love sweet potatoes in general, so I admit these sweet potato galettes were an easy sell. Pair those garnet spuds with a blanket of sour cream, buttery puff pastry, and a few goat cheese crumbles, and I'm even more on board. But it was the final gremolata-like mixture brushed atop the finished galettes that ultimately sold me. Not only does the sauce add a pop of color, but it also brings fresh contrast to the richness of the pastry.
The easiest way to enjoy Parisian-style gnocchi: puffed in brown butter with a crisp coating of broiled cheese.
Light and tender Parisian-style gnocchi made with a poached pâte à choux.