Vegetables and sugar have been flirting for years with one another through dishes like the Thanksgiving stand-by sweet potato pie and autumnal pumpkin bread, but these relationships have been fleeting and seasonal at best. This week's carrot mascarpone pie is proof that veggies are ready to come into their own as a part of the dessert course by reimagining the springtime favorite carrot cake as a vehicle for creamy, complex flavors.
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While you can easily plop mascarpone on cake or pie and call it a day, it's not much harder to mix it with some milk and sugar to make gelato. From start to finish, you can have freshly made ice cream in 40 minutes with this recipe, which is simple enough for any weeknight but fancy enough to embellish holiday desserts.
When it comes to breakfast pastries, Pop-Tarts fall firmly into the low brow, guilty pleasure category. But their bad image can easily be made over if you forgo the store bought and opt for homemade. These Orange Marmalade-Mascarpone Pop Tarts from Handheld Pies have nothing on the s'mores filled versions. Encased in a buttery pâte brisée crust and filled with creamy mascarpone and bitter-sweet marmalade, these Pop-Tarts are more on par with croissants than rainbow sprinkle topped breakfast pastries.
In preparing this cake, I looked for a number of different ways to handle the persimmon topping. I tried sautéing in butter and brown sugar, roasting under a sheath of amber honey, and broiling and torching after sprinkling the halved fruit with sugar. Ultimately I thought the fresh, ripe flesh suffered under the heat, shriveling and losing the delicacy of its taste. A clean and straightforward arrangement with a drizzle of burnt caramel turned out to be the best way to showcase this seasonal fruit.