Gourmet Dessert Recipes

For desserts as elegant or unusual as the occasion demands,  browse tried and trusted gourmet dessert recipes, complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Dessert Crepes

Rating: 5 stars 1154
Essential crepe recipe. Sprinkle warm crepes with sugar and lemon, or serve with cream or ice cream and fruit.
By ANN57

Dobos Torte

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
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: 4.5 stars 22
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 2
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: 4.5 stars 440
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: 4.5 stars 157
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: 4.5 stars 24
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: 5 stars 51
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

Rating: 5 stars 1100
Elegant and quick dessert of sweet bananas cooked in a buttery rum sauce.

Creme Brulee

Rating: 4.5 stars 545
The crisp, caramelized sugar crust is the best part of this creamy custard.

Real Sopapillas

Rating: 4.5 stars 303
Crispy Mexican flatbread sopapillas, deep-fried and golden brown.
By Allrecipes Member

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Rating: 5 stars 185
Love lemon meringue pie and cheesecake? Well this is the best of both worlds. Great any time of year and sure to impress your guests.

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.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Rating: 5 stars 3359

This makes an excellent cheesecake, similar to one you would get in a restaurant. Great for special occasions! Garnish with white chocolate curls if desired.