Because I’ve been so keen on fixing up my recipe section lately and posted my Top Five favorite meals of all time last week, I thought this afternoon I’d post my Top Five desserts.
It’s obviously no secret that I love dessert. I mean, I went to pastry school and once, worked as a pastry chef at a yacht club for goodness sake. A question I get asked a ton on this blog is how I eat dessert (and feature such rich desserts!) but still manage to stay thin.
Well, I think I’ve addressed that in the past but to me, it’s all about moderation…..especially with desserts. I think it’s more satisfying to have a cookie made with real butter and sugar than seven cookies baked with Splenda and margarine. The same goes for ice cream. Personally, I’d rather have a small amount of the real thing then eat my weight in fat free frozen yogurt. Ya know?
The desserts that I feature on this blog ARE rich and they are meant to be eaten in moderation. They are the desserts that I learned to make in culinary school and are mainly the classic ones that people have been enjoying for years and years. You know…the pie your grandma made and stuff.
It’s my hope that by showing you step by step how to make these desserts it takes some of the fear out of them. I mean, if I can make a lattice top pie so can you! Seriously. Homemade pie crust, freshly baked cookies, creamy pudding….they represent comfort in our society and shouldn’t be so scary. However, I do understand that it does take a lot of self control and there’s nothing wrong with light desserts, too. Sometimes a perfectly ripe pear makes the absolute best dessert.
Other times you just need a cookie. Amen.
So here are my Top Five favorite desserts that I’ve featured so far on the blog. All of these desserts have been made in my closet sized kitchen with no dishwasher, no air conditioning and no rolling pin (note to self: buy rolling pin and apron).
I’m going to tell you a secret. I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic but sometimes, there’s just nothing I love more than a good fruity dessert. Cobblers and crumbles are some of my favorite desserts to order out (Oh, how I miss the peach cobblers here and the blackberry crisp here). I love, love, love a good cobbler…especially when you use fruit that’s in season. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make and usually have a really short ingredient list. Score.
It’s all about the flaky crust, people!!! If you’ve never attempted to make homemade pie crust…….please do. Like, now. You only need a few ingredients and you can freeze it for months. I promise you’ll never buy Pillsbury again once you have discovered how simple it is to make your own.
This is one of the most old school recipes that I have on this blog and also one of the most vital for taking your s’more creation to the next level. This recipe comes straight from an old French chef at my school and it’s worth the cost of buying a cheap food scale for. A few years ago, I made a terribly embarrassing video of me making these marshmallows but you probably shouldn’t watch it. No, really.
I loved this recipe so much that I made the photo part of my new blog header. Yep, it’s that intense. I’ve found the secret to keeping these cookies chewy is pulling them out of the oven two minutes before you think they’re done. So, only bake for ten minutes. I did that last time and thought I had entered chocolate chip cookie heaven.
Ummm can frosting count as a favorite dessert? Good because it’s mine. When I was little, I was always that annoying kid who, at birthday parties, would stick my index finger right into the side of the cake and swipe the frosting. Apparently some things never change.