I really love baking although I don't love cooking. I made donuts for the first time over the weekend and it was fun! I'd never fried anything before! I'd like to try some more new challenges! What are your suggestions? I have the basic stuff (food processor, stand mixer, dutch oven, double boiler) but nothing particularly fancy. What desserts -- tarts, cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, candies, new types of desserts I have never before encountered -- will make me try new things in the kitchen and help me feel proud of the tasty and beautiful creation I have created? [more inside]
Surely I can get good gluten-free, dairy-free cake in San Francisco. Where is it? [more inside]
Quick, I need a gluten-free dessert recipe! It should be fairly easy and require as few specialized ingredients as possible. [more inside]
I need to find a great place to have dessert after a concert at Lincoln Center in New York on Saturday night. This is a date situation. [more inside]
I am a huge fan of that really intense almond taste you get in certain desserts. I like eating raw and roasted almonds, in granola, sliced in cookies - but that's not the almond taste I'm talking about. I mean that strong, sharp, sweet almond taste like you get from eating Good Humor toasted almond bars and marzipan and amaretti cookies. Ben and Jerry's Mission to Marzipan was basically my favorite dessert of all time. Does that specific flavor come just from almond extract? And what are your best dessert recipes that really highlight that awesome extreme almond flavor?
What can I do with the pulp from four Sharon fruit (a.k.a. kaki or persimmon)? I just bought them but they were already so soft that when I went to cut the tops off, they turned into goop. They taste fine, though. Does anyone have a good, simple dessert recipe to use them in?
I've been invited to Shabbat dinner at a colleague's house and been tasked with bringing a parev (neutral-- doesn't include dairy or flesh) dessert. Any suggestions? I'll be making it Thursday evening and will be able to store it in a fridge until I serve it. A caveat: I'd prefer something that is 'naturally' parev or better parev rather than something where I'm using a ton of margarine or oil to make an inferior pie crust but will make an exception for a really amazing dessert!
I am looking for recipes for dessert made with goat's milk. Bakery items preferred, but any ideas welcomed. [more inside]
Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! [more inside]
I need to make a dessert for a birthday party next week. There will be about 30 people there I think, but desserts are definitely not my forte. My dessert making experience includes: Banana Bread, Chocolate chip cookies, banoffee pie, fruit crumbles and a not great cheesecake. I did not bake ANY cookies as a child and in general, I love cooking but not baking. Also, I will not have use of an oven on the night, so I need to pre-make my dessert and bring it with me. [more inside]
I don't have a clue what to make her for a dessert, I have been trying to find ideas on internet but I would really like to make something simple that doesn't call for odd ingredients I don't have. I see you can get low carb ice cream and I was thinking maybe using that as a starting point - what can I make that would be good? [more inside]
How will changing variables in this microwave chocolate cake recipe change the outcome? [more inside]
Your favorite icebox cakes / put everything in a baking dish and let it sit in the refrigerator and get really delicious-type cakes? Let me have them so I don't have to turn my oven on this summer. [more inside]
Seeking ideas for stunning desserts. Please share with me your tried and tested recipes that impress! [more inside]
Flavor my chocolates, please? Bonus points for uncommon. [more inside]
I am attending a barbecue this weekend and have volunteered to bring an awesome dessert. Difficulty level: I will be traveling 2 hours by car the day before to get to where the barbecue is and spending that day and the next doing something else, I will have no access to refrigeration for at least 8-12 hours at a time for those 2 days before the barbecue, assume I will not be able to do anything much in terms of last-minute preparation (like whipping cream immediately before serving), no fruit please. I will need to prepare it Thursday night to serve Saturday night. I am a reasonably experienced cook. [more inside]
Inspired by dotgirl's cookie question. In college (Houston, TX, 1988-1992), the cafeteria used to make a pie I loved. It must have had a crust of some sort but I don't remember what. It had a thick layer of dry, sweet, chewy, crunchy granola-like (but not granola) stuff - topped with a thick layer of whipped cream type stuff. The granola-like stuff was the key to the deliciousness - chewy yet crunchy at the same time; somewhat rice-krispy like. I haven't run into it since, and can't find the right terms to get a hit on google. Anybody recognize it? Thanks!
I once frequently ate in a cafeteria where they served a delicious dessert-slash-side dish of canned pears with a filling of pineapple and what I think was cream cheese, and while I've come close to replicating it, I can't get it exactly right. I've googled this to death; I've beginning to wonder if it was one of those recipes you find in, say, a Jell-o cookbook from the 1970s or on the side of a cream cheese box. [more inside]
I have a Duncan Hines Angel Food cake mix that is several years old and a non-working oven. Can I make cake or something like it? [more inside]
I'm in charge of making dessert for a dinner party. My friend is eating for her thyroid, which essentially means no refined sugar or gluten or cow dairy. I'd like dessert to be something she could eat, but also, um, delicious, and dessert-y (i know i could make applesauce, but that depresses me). It is winter in Quebec and berries are six bucks a container. What can I make that satisfies all of these dinner party requirements? Thank you!
What is this dessert I read about on a blog? It was cooked by a German person and the blog author wrote: "It was like a really, really thick pancake cooked in a huge skillet, then cut up into big chunks, and topped with a syrupy, crystallized type of peach topping that was just to DIE for. Everyone in Germany/Austria/Hungary knows what it is". I don't think she knew what it was called, but I want to, because it sounds freaking delicious!
My hello dolly bars are a delicious but crumbly mess. How do I salvage them? [more inside]
I'll be attending a holiday party and said I'd bring a dessert. There are a few specifications. [more inside]
My awesome niece, age 12, will be visiting for Christmas, and I'd like to make some homemade treats she can eat. Difficulty level: multiple severe food allergies. [more inside]
I need a Thanksgiving-related, autumn-inspired dessert to bake. I would like something with some manner of fall seasonings like ginger or cloves that will make the house smell like the holidays. I am not looking for pumpkin pie (other pumpkin recipes are welcome though). [more inside]
What's an easy pie to make? I don't really cook or bake, but I have to make a pie for Thanksgiving because of reasons. [more inside]
I like vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar -- what are some reasonably easy-but-delicious desserts I can make that allow for multiple servings over a few days/a week and aren't too troublesome/weird to make, ie., not creme brulee? [more inside]
My friend does a ramen night every so often, where he makes ramen completely from scratch. I'm often tasked with dessert because I'm a blogger and baker... I've already made plenty of desserts with black sesame and green tea so I want to try something new. I have taro powder and was originally going to do something with taro and coconut. I already even made taro marshmallows. But then I remembered that I had bought a bag of kinako/soybean flour some time ago and I should use it... I found a recipe for a kinako chiffon cake but would an ice cream be better? [more inside]
I'm hosting a casual dinner party this weekend, and my friend's favorite part of any dessert is whipped cream, the more decadent the better. What dessert recipes feature whipped cream as the star of the show? I'd prefer suggestions that are relatively easy/quick and not too expensive, and that don't have any hard to find ingredients (I've thought of icebox cake, but haven't been able to find the wafers for sale, and don't have the time to make my own.) Thanks!
For some reason, probably a combination of sweet tooth and several years of conditioning, I don't feel full after lunch/dinner unless I eat something sweet, ie. a dessert. But I would like to change that, especially after witnessing family members dealing with medical issues which would benefit from a healthier diet and observing the daily negotiation for/extortion of candy in exchange for a few bites of food between a toddler and his mother (not me, thank god). So I'm thinking about starting a new habit, some after-meal routine which would make my brain and stomach know I'm now done with eating, in place of eating a piece of cake or chocolate. [more inside]
I'm going to a "spicy food party" this weekend, and I want to bring a dessert... [more inside]
Yesterday we went strawberry picking and ended up with nearly 10 lbs of ripe juicy berries. I need your most decadent delicious strawberry desserts. [more inside]
Found this silicone mold at the thrift store today. My guess is it's for making some sort of fruit-filled baked dessert. I'm imagining something similar to a strawberry shortcake. What is it for? [more inside]
One of my colleagues is moving away to take a job in Seattle and we're having a going-away party for him in a few weeks. I enjoy baking and I thought it would be pretty neat to have a Seattle-themed recipe for the party. I spent the first two and a half decades of my life in Seattle and used to work at the institution he's going to, actually, but I cannot for the life of me come up with a good idea for a Seattle-themed dessert to bring to the party. I see some things online that are either waaayyy too elaborate for my culinary-artistic skills (like cakes with very, very elaborate Space Needle and Mt. Rainier decorations on them) or that are just kind of ugly. What can an intermediate baker do? (It doesn't HAVE to be a dessert, but I feel like those allow for the most creativity.)
I am looking for alternative cake toppings to frosting - especially those that can be baked with the cake. Right now I make a "snickerdoodle" cake that is topped with cinnamon sugar (1 tbsp granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon) at the batter stage, which bakes into a hard, sweet crumbly top. Is there anything else I can mix with sugar to get the same effect (I tried using cocoa powder instead of the cinnamon, but it didn't come out right - or maybe I did it wrong)? Alterately, what other non-frosting/icing/glaze topping options do you use besides confectioners sugar? (only one hitch - would really appreciate nondairy options). Thanks!
The majority of my friends are in medical school and are graduating this year. I'm a baker and wanted to give them all small gifts that are cute/tasty/medical or graduation-related. The only thing I could think of is decorated cookies (I do shortbread or brownie cookies) but any suggestions on shapes? Nothing too complicated, please! [more inside]
I made a simple yellow sheet cake this week, and there is still half of it left. What are your ideas for making a dessert that is based around this cake? [more inside]
Calling all cake decorators: I want to construct a cake that looks like the EDP Wasp synthesizer. Having problems wrapping my head around the specific logistics. Halp. [more inside]
I need a tried, tested, and true recipe for making proper, dry, flaky sesame halva. [more inside]
DC/Northern Virginia experts: The other half and I have our first kid-free date night since, uh...too long. We're flexibile on dining options but I would like to find an awesome dessert place. We wouldn't mind driving someplace separate after dinner. The wrinkle is that this is for Sunday night (with a late start due to babysitting scheduling), and we'd like to avoid cupcakes. Hope us?
I like making relatively easy loaf-cake desserts that aren't overly sweet, or too rich/heavy, and would like to expand my recipe file for these, so looking for your personal recommendations. [more inside]
Please help me fix my cake disaster. [more inside]
MidtownWestFilter: where might a group of 20-40 people find a warm place to eat dessert together on a busy wintery Saturday afternoon? [more inside]
Throw me some dessert recipes or ideas that are not only delicious, but involved to make - lots of time required, or lots of steps, or lots of ingredients, whatever. As long as they're yummy and a bit out of the ordinary. [more inside]
Why is neopolitan ice cream no longer popular in the US? [more inside]
Frost my cupcakes! Please suggest your best recipe for an excellent middle-of-the-road chocolate frosting-- not too dark, not too heavy, not too fragile, not too sugary. [more inside]
Black and white or panda themed party food. [more inside]
How can I make an incredible banana split? [more inside]
After seeking Metafilter’s help for my Sock Puppet Party, Grilled Cheese Party, Blanket Fort Party, Cupcake Candyland Party, and John Waters Party, I need your assistance planning Easy Bake Coven, a party that combines delicious baked goods with the occult. Picture the teenage witches from The Craft organizing a cookie exchange. [more inside]
What are your favorite recipes involving dulce de leche? I'm looking for luscious ideas for a newly-made batch, and so far have only thought of rather standard baked goods (and maybe some ice cream with salted pecans). Advanced or complicated recipes welcome.