Deserts

Easy Halloween Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars 4
Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these spooky treats!

Holiday Fudge Bites

Rating: 4 stars 4
Smooth, creamy chocolate fudge squares topped with colorful sprinkles will add a sparkle to your holiday treat platters.
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Chef John's Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 5 stars 916
Rich, custard-filled pie made with sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks.

Chef John's Peach Pie

Rating: 5 stars 379
Above and beyond beautiful, this lattice design is also very practical. When you're making pie with something like peaches, the relatively open top allows for lots of moisture to evaporate, which helps prevent the dreaded 'watery-pie syndrome.' That's also the reason we boil the excess juices down to a syrup.
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Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 128
The best homemade version of chocolate sauce to pour over favorite treats.

Chef John's Strawberry Ice Cream

Rating: 4.5 stars 134
Many people consider this type of strawberry ice cream recipe a 'hack' or a 'cheat' because we're skipping the more time-consuming and sometimes temperamental egg-custard step; but even if I didn't want to save time I'd still prefer this method. To be clear, I'm only speaking about this specific flavor of ice cream. For deep, dark chocolate, or butter pecan, I'll take the classic French-style every time. But, for sweet, juicy strawberries, I'm not a big fan of the egginess you get with the traditional method.

Celery Sorbet

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Though it's a totally unremarkable vegetable, celery produces shockingly delicious frozen treats. Whether you're going for a sweet or savory experience, just try this recipe and you'll see I'm not crazy! The first time I ever had something like this, it was piled over crispy rye breadcrumbs and used to garnish salmon gravlax. The combination of tastes, textures, and temperatures truly was incredible. This would also great with buffalo wings and blue cheese sauce.

Éclair Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 1143
This easy no-bake éclair cake feeds a crowd and tastes just like the pastry.
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Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

Rating: 4 stars 315
Legend has it that this dessert was the result of a major catering disaster. The dessert for this particular event was to be individual chocolate cakes, but someone took them out of the ovens too soon and the centers were not cooked enough and still liquefied. Well, there was no time to take them off the plates and bake them more, so the chef simply had his wait staff introduce the dessert as Chocolate 'Lava' Cake! Brilliant!

Chef John's Chia Chocolate Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
If you're looking for a rich and decadent chocolate pudding then keep moving. As nutritious as this 'superfood' is supposed to be, you can't expect the same results substituting birdseed for eggs, butter, and cream. That said, if you're craving something sweet, relatively chocolaty, and comparatively healthful, then chia seeds may be a good option.