Desserts

Roasted Black Plum Balsamic Ice Cream

Makes 1 quart | Start to finish: about 1 hour, plus freezing time

ESEAEgg-free ice cream is a traditional American-style method that is less complex to make than custard-based ice cream, especially since you don’t have to worry about properly tempering eggs to prevent curdling…

Toasted Coconut and Lime Tart with Chili

serves 8 | Total time 2 hours…

Victoria Sponge Cake

A classic Victoria sponge can be made ahead of time, and then filled and decorated on site for a glorious, decadent, and portable summer treat. Traditionally, the cake is filled with preserves and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, but in summer, I like to create a much more rococo affair, with jam, whipped cream, and oodles of fresh summer berries…

Buckwheat, Date, Lime and Black Sesame Madeline

Upside-Down Rhubarb Cake

In this flourless upside-down cake, resist the temptation to add berries or other fruit. The flavorful, bright liveliness of the rhubarb is front and center, its sourness mellowed just slightly with vanilla and butter.

Baked Lemon, Honey, and Rosemary Cheesecake

At this quiet time of year, when the earth is still sleeping and only a few green shoots remind us that we are about to tumble headlong into the madcap cacophony of spring, the pickings are slim when it comes to seasonal produce…

Earl Grey Chocolate Pots de Creme

Finish off dinner with a decadent, chocolatey dessert that’s easy to make and can even be made a few days in advance.

Chocolate-Peppermint Cakes

Chocolate and mint play off each other well: one flavor is richly indulgent, the other refreshingly bright. In this example, it’s a chocolate decadence meets candy cane mash-up…

Pacific Northwest Christmas Cake

This recipe makes enough for one 9-inch round cake or one 8-inch square cake.

start to finish: 4 hours and 45 minutes (active time: 1 hour and 15 minutes), plus at least 24 hours soaking time…

Spicy Cranberry Gingerbread

Cookbook author Melissa Clark originated the cranberry gingerbread recipe, which she calls, “rude, sticky, and wet.”

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