Chocolate-covered, peanut buttery and sugar-coated, puppy chow is the old-school Midwestern snack of our dreams. Plus, it takes five minutes to make, using only a microwave.
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Fluffy and sweet, lotus seed buns are a popular treat at Chinese bakeries. As the name implies, they're flavored with a paste made from lotus flower seeds, which have a light, chestnut-like flavor. This recipe for homemade buns has been perfected to work with either low-gluten flour, or all-purpose. Hot from the steamer, they're a confection not to be missed. The only thing that could make them either better is a cup of bubble tea.
It's not a snowcone. It's not Italian ice. The Baltimore snowball comes in flavors like egg custard and 'Skylite', and it's usually topped with marshmallow cream. We dig deeper into the snowball's history and share the best places to give this summer essential a try.
This dessert was developed for Tonia George's young daughter, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Not wanting to exclude her from enjoying sweets, The Ginger & White Cookbook author came up with this Middle Eastern-inspired loaf cake heavily flavored with pistachios and lemon. It's a crumbly take on pound cake, made super-sweet with the addition of a sugar and rosewater syrup.
If summertime were a meal, Labor Day would be the dessert course. Enjoy a sweet long weekend with these pies, cakes, cookies, and no-bake treats.
Getting jam to set properly is a matter of adding just enough sugar, acid, and heat to the mix. Here are the hows and whys.
This recipe yields a very chunky, rustic jam that relies entirely on the fruit's natural pectin, in concert with sugar, lemon juice, and heat, to set perfectly. This jam works well with Blenheim apricots, or any other small, freestone apricot (apricots that have pits that pop out easily, rather than clinging to the flesh).
A "tray bake" sounds like a peculiar thing, but it merely references a sweet dish baked in a rectangular container, cut into pieces—we're talking everything from brownies to fruit bars to sheet cakes. This iteration from The Ginger & White Cookbook may look to be a standard orange sponge, but that's far from the case: Ground almonds and egg form the base of the cake, with a flavorful orange purée folded into the mix.
This no-bake dessert flavored with black sesame seeds and honey is a perfect, elegant warm-weather dessert. Its texture is similar to panna cotta, except that it's slightly less jiggly and a little bit more creamy.
I'm stocking up on butter to get ready for Dorie Greenspan's new baking book. But in the meantime, here are a few of her favorite cookbooks and cookbook authors.
Light layers of sponge cake sandwich bright, citrusy lemon curd in this cake from The Ginger & White Cookbook. The cakes bake up quickly and cleanly in springform pans, while the curd comes together on the stove. It's simple, but doesn't look that way, which is sure to impress a teatime guest.
It's not hard to buy good ice cream these days. Same goes for sorbet. But sherbet? That you'll have to make at home. And you should.
Remember freezer-pops? As a kid, these brightly-colored sugary sticks fueled our summer exploits, and inspired many a feud over who would be stuck with pink. Though I've ostensibly "grown up," I still think I could live off of popsicles through the dog days of summer. Check out six of our favorite recipes after the jump!
At first glance, these bites from the new The Ginger & White Cookbook may look like popovers. Don't be fooled—these miniature "puddings" have a dense, custardy base infused with a toasted caramel flavor. The beauty of the dish is that each serving is composed of ready-made croissants, so all you have to do is whip up a little caramel.
The Ginger & White Cookbook brims with usefulness and completely lacks pretension. From the team behind the eponymous London café, the book is full of the meals and sweets you'd make for someone you love—ideally a very hungry someone you love.
When fruit is at its peak, it's best served simply; something that Paris Pastry Club author Fanny Zanotti knows well. This recipe for mead-baked peaches comes from a childhood memory of picking peaches in an orchard, and having them prepared just this way for dessert. The tangy yogurt is a lovely counterpoint to the soft, yielding flesh of the peaches. Crunchy honeycomb candy echoes the notes of honey in the mead, and provides a pleasant crunch.
So you're in the middle of baking cookies and find out that what you thought was cocoa powder is really a jar of peanut butter. Can you swap in a chocolate bar instead? The answer's a tricky one.
How about a little pick-me-up? Paris Pastry Club presents a pared-down version of tiramisu, the classic dessert that blends cream and coffee with the help of spongy ladyfinger cookies. It's sized to serve one, which makes this an easy indulgence to put together any night of the week.
Inspired by a back-of-box Jell-O pie, this rendition combines fresh-squeezed lemon juice and sweetened whipped cream with some gelatin to hold it all together. The result is an addictively light, zesty pie reminiscent of lemonade.
What if Mister Softee could be more than good. What if it could be amazing? What if we all took a collective breath and realized that at the end of the day, ice cream trucks are basically severely underutilized mobile sundae stations? A Dr. Seussian explosion of genius is what. I'm talking sprinkle-packed cones, double-dipped swirls, milkshakes with real banana, and the biggest tower of soft serve your greedy eyes have ever beheld.