Gourmet Dessert Recipes

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Dessert Crepes

Rating: 4.8 stars
Essential crepe recipe. Sprinkle warm crepes with sugar and lemon, or serve with cream or ice cream and fruit.

Dobos Torte

Rating: 4.53 stars
The word 'dobos' means 'like a drum' in Hungarian. However, this cake is named after its creator, Hungarian pastry chef Josef Dobos.

Chocolate Liqueur Souffles

Rating: 4.42 stars
I won a gold medal with this recipe at the Armed Forces Culinary Olympics in March of 2007. Serve the souffles with fresh raspberry sauce, if desired.

Dziriat (Algerian Almond Tarts)

Rating: 5 stars
This recipe with all its variants is prepared only on special celebrations and weddings. It is a challenge to prepare, but is well worth the time and effort. There exist several varieties of this recipe. Some use molds while others are molded by hand, and some are dipped in syrup and others are not. The dough recipe may include butter instead of vegetable oil and sometimes egg is omitted. The goal is a non flaky, thin, and firm crust.

Eclairs II

Rating: 4.55 stars
My family loves these eclairs and request them all the time. I usually make them as dessert whenever we have company coming, they are always a hit!

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 4.42 stars
This is a light and fluffy mousse with a wonderful raspberry sauce. Great layered like a parfait then frozen. Additional Raspberry sauce can be spooned over cakes or served with mousse.

Flambeed Vanilla-Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is a great dessert for a fancy party or a girl's night in! I love pears, and I love this recipe, because lighting the rum on fire caramelizes the sugar, and pulls out the flavor of the pears. I served this dish to a rich couple and got a hefty tip back, so I figured it must have been good!

Classic Cherries Jubilee

Rating: 4.76 stars
This is a great, refreshing dessert, especially after a hearty meal. This does have to be prepared immediately before serving, but does not take a lot of time. Your guests will enjoy the blue flames when the brandy is ignited!

Bananas Foster II

Rating: 4.8 stars
On Father's Day we all tried this delicious dessert, which everyone loved. Bananas warmed in buttery rum sauce over vanilla ice cream.

Creme Brulee

Rating: 4.49 stars
This is a very nice dessert to serve when entertaining. Delicious served over mangos sprinkled with rum, or strawberries with Grand Marnier® or Cointreau®.

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

Rating: 4.85 stars
This slightly streamlined recipe for the world-famous pasteis de nata, or Portuguese custard tarts, uses just few basic ingredients but requires numerous steps and a certain amount of finesse. The results are so worth it, though, you'll want to make a double batch. The extra moisture inside the sticky dough, activated by a very hot oven, creates the signature flaky, buttery, crispy crust, which encases a custard subtly scented with lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Apple Turnovers

Rating: 4.62 stars
Delicious, yet so easy to make. Anyone can do these classic apple turnovers!

Inspiration and Ideas

50 Fancy Desserts That You Can Make at Home

You don't need to be a trained pastry chef to make beautiful, delicious, and fancy desserts in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Microwave Mochi

Rating: Unrated
A microwavable form of the Japanese dessert made with sweet rice flour. More varied and interesting flavors are available as well.


Rating: 4.59 stars

This is a recipe that my mom got from a coworker and would make regularly when I was young. Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert made with a custard in a crispy phyllo pastry shell. After all these years it is still a family favorite. I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we do.