Specialty Dessert Recipes

When just any dessert won’t do, these beautiful and elegant desserts are sure to impress your guests.

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Chef John's Zabaglione

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In this classic Italian dessert, sweet, juicy fruit is enveloped in a rich but impossibly light custard.

Quick Keto Chocolate Mousse

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When a sweet craving hits, you'll have this chocolate mousse ready in no time. No need to pre-whip the heavy cream - just throw everything into a bowl and mix! Use any keto-friendly granular sweetener that measures like sugar. I prefer the powdered version of Swerve®, since it dissolves better. Adjust cocoa powder and sweetener amounts to suit your tastes. This is quite rich, so you don't need a lot to feel satisfied.

Coffee Semifreddo

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Semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert (semifreddo al caffè) that is as beautiful to look at as it tastes. You can skip the nuts for a nut-free version. Serve the semifreddo with whipped cream, cocoa powder or grated chocolate, and cookie crumbs.

Green Tea Mousse Cheesecake

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Been looking for a no-bake Japanese-style green tea cheesecake for a long time? Well, this is the recipe created just for you.

Cannoli

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Ana and Lydia's cannoli, recipe invented on July 31st, 2005. I spent a lot of time looking for a good recipe for cannoli shells and filling. Since no two were alike, and since instructions were a bit sketchy, I worked with a friend to come up with a good recipe, including some tips that we came up with along the way. Special equipment is needed such as cannoli tubes, a pasta machine and a pastry bag to help make these cannoli come out just like the ones at Italian restaurants and bakeries. Start with 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar, and then add more to taste.

Portokalopita (Greek Orange Phyllo Cake)

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Portokalopita is a deliciously different cake, and a must-try for anyone who is afraid of phyllo. Why? Because here the phyllo is shredded to bits - the messier the better! The gorgeous orange and cinnamon syrup ensures this cake stays beautifully moist.

Triple Chocolate Roll Cake

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A chocolate cake is wrapped around alternating stripes of white chocolate whipped cream and a whipped dark chocolate mousse for not only great flavor, but a striking presentation as well. Make sure to really chill your fillings before whipping--overnight would be best--or they won't fluff up properly. This takes some time and patience to make--so plan ahead when making this cake! Serve with additional whipped cream, if desired.

Lemon Syllabub

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This is a deliciously light, creamy, sophisticated little dessert from days gone by. I first tasted it at a supper given by a lecturer in seventeenth-century literature when I was at college, and it took our tastebuds right back to the Restoration. It can be prepared as either a parfait or a punch--please note that either version contains alcohol, so you may not want to serve this to younger family members.

Bread Pudding II

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My family LOVES bread pudding, and this recipe is one that I have fine tuned to their taste. I have to double this recipe, and bake it in a 9x13 inch pan for my family! It's great for breakfast or dessert and is delicious with milk poured on top! Enjoy!
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Tiramisu II

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Mascarpone custard layered with whipped cream and rum and coffee soaked ladyfingers.

Best Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

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We found this recipe tucked inside my mom's Bible when going through her things. It has become a family tradition on the first snow day of the year and if that doesn't happen, which can be the case here in central Virginia, we know it'll be the featured dessert at Easter and anytime a comfort food is in order.

Bananas Foster II

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

Inspiration and Ideas

Chocolate Liqueur Souffles

"The first souffle I've ever tried to make, this recipe turned out beautifully!" – pnjbee

Tiramisu

"Excellent recipe, and the steps are simple. I too doubled the coffee and rum. Will definitely make this again!" – Annette Lewis

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

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I make a basic chocolate chip cookie dough, but use white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and brandy (instead of vanilla). Great for Christmas time!