Saturday, August 21, 2010

Simple and Sweet Desserts

If you watch Top Chef, you know that even professional chefs fear the dessert course. But, if you choose the right recipes and remember to measure your ingredients, you can master desserts and close out meals in style.

First things first, everyone loves chocolate. Below are a number of simple, yet elegant chocolate recipes you can master in short order: Molten Chocolate Cakes, Truffles, and Mousse. Second, don't forget chocolate's counterpoint, vanilla. Last, but certainly not least, there are a number of delicious fruit-based desserts to try.

Molten Chocolate Cakes
There's nothing better than a cake with a warm, molten chocolate center.
Ingredients in this recipe: egg, butter, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, bittersweet chocolate

Chocolate Truffles
A beautiful and simple chocolate dessert.
Ingredients in this recipe: butter, whipping cream, semi-sweet chocolate, pink salt

Chocolate Mousse
Everyone loves a creamy mousse, especially when it's garnished with more chocolate.
Ingredients in this recipe: chocolate, egg, cream, sugar, milk, bittersweet chocolate

Vanilla Cupcakes
A classic dessert that's fun to decorate and eat.
Ingredients in this recipe: egg, butter, sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla buttercream frosting

Passion Fruit Pudding
A simple and elegant fruit dessert.
Ingredients in this recipe: sugar, passion fruit, milk, cornstarch

Poached Apples with Ginger
A sweet and refreshing dessert enhanced by a dollop of whipped cream.
Ingredients in this recipe: ginger, apple juice, Braeburn apple

No Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream
Tart, delicious and easy to make in advance.
Ingredients in this recipe: lime, cream, pomegranate, powdered sugar

Let’s get cooking!

Any other favorite desserts? Post them in the comments section!