desserts

WARM DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CAKES WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE

MAKES 8 SERVINGS CAKES 1/4 cup sugar, plus 8 teaspoons for coating the ramekins4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, divided2 large eggs, whites and yolks separated and brought to room temperature 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurtSAUCE 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (if frozen, …

Nutella Pop Tarts

MAKES 10 SERVINGS 3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup (2 sticks) chilled butter, cubed ¼ to ½ cup cold water 1 (13-ounce) jar Nutella 1 egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water Combine flour, sugar and salt in bowl of food …

UPSIDE PEAR CRUNCH COFFEE CAKE

MAKES 2 LOAVES Crunch:1½ cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon flour 2 tablespoons butter Coffee cake: 2 pears (Royal Riviera, preferred), cored and sliced into ½-inch slices with skin on 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter …

CHOCOLATE-GLAZED BROWNIES

MAKES 12 SERVINGS 2/3 cup extra light-tasting olive oil 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup water4 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 4 large eggs, beaten 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans (optional) Preheat …

PUMPKIN CREME MUFFINS

MAKES 18 MUFFINS Batter: 2 eggs 1 cup sugar ½ cup chopped nuts 1¼ cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon ¾ cup oil 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt Filling: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar Streusel topping: ¼ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons butter Preheat …

GILDED CHOCOLATE-DIPPED HANUKKAH PRETZELS

MAKES 8 SERVINGS The tradition of eating pretzels during the Jewish festival of lights is a relatively new one. The pretzels often are shaped to resemble Hanukkah symbols, such as menorahs and dreidels. This version from Chicago chef and cookbook author Laura Frankel gives the …

VANILLA-BOURBON PUMPKIN TART

MAKES 8 SERVINGS Crust:3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 tablespoon finely chopped pecans 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 tablespoon butter, melted Cooking spray Filling: 1 cup (8 ounces) 1/3 -less-fat cream cheese, softened½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 1 (15-ounce) can …

Basic Pie Dough

MAKES 1 (9-inch) pie crust 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 -inch slices 1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces 1/4 cup well chilled vodka 1/4 cup …

Hoosier Mama Pumpkin Pie

MAKES 8 SERVINGS Hoosier Mama’s Paula Haney likes the Spice House’s pumpkin pie spice blend, but you could make your own. Combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and a pinch each of nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves. 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup …