While at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, both new and seasoned pastry chefs, ice cream makers, and confectioners showcased their sweet treats. We found 10 inspired desserts — from rosemary chocolate s'mores to Cronut holes from Dominique Ansel Bakery — worthy of knowing in New York City.
While I love to indulge in dessert all year round, there's something about a warming Fall treat that really does it for me. It's time to officially say goodbye to the Summer desserts that cool us off and hello to sweet Autumn treats that heat us up. Check out these 10 recipes that are best served warm!
This treat makes for a neat trick: make these caramel candied apples for your Halloween party, and watch them disappear. But first, watch the sweet video to learn what type of apples work best, how to keep the caramel shell smooth, and a variety of decorating techniques that will add a touch of festive flair to your apples. On Brandi: Michael Stars
Forget the utensils and the place settings at your next party; instead, try serving everything — from salad to dessert — on a stick. Not only is it a fun and aesthetically appealing way to dish out a meal, it's also easy to eat and even easier to clean up. Trust us, after you watch the how-to video, you're going to want to stock up on skewers!
A new college study out reveals something we probably could've copped to all along: Oreos may be just as addictive as cocaine. Now that we've confirmed the uphill battle we face against these creamy sandwich cookies is definitely real, we're just going to give in and buy a package (or three). If you, too, have an Oreo obsession, we suggest taking it to the next level with these 10 creative spins on the cookie (bread pudding and spiked shakes included).
Sprinkles may seem like an elusive confection that can only be bought at a grocery store, but what if you could learn the secret of creating your own at home? Enter in a recipe for homemade sprinkles in the new cookbook Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts by Jackie Alpers. Her method of sprinkle-making is fascinating and fairly easy.
These jimmies, as they're affectionately called, use a royal icing base. The icing dries to create the sheen and crunch factor that we love in sprinkles. I divided the batch into a few bowls and generously dyed them an assortment of colors. When adding food coloring, keep in mind that when the sprinkles dry, they will be lighter in color than the icing itself.
Transfer the icing to piping bags, fitted with a round No. 1 or No. 2 tip, or for faster piping, try this handy multiopening tip. I recommend using parchment paper or wax paper, as nonstick silicone mats will leave a hatch-mark pattern on the bottom of the sprinkles once they have dried. Take a closer look at the yellow sprinkles to see what I mean. Once the sprinkles have dried, cut them using a knife or simply break them up using your hands. You will have several cups' worth of sprinkles . . . quite possibly enough to last you three or four sprinkle-packed cupcake batches.
In addition to this recipe, the cookbook also features pages of other flawless sprinkle-studded recipes, including a recipe for "confetti layer cake," a spongy white cake with rainbow sprinkles swirled into the batter, as well as an atypical buttercream frosting that calls for the addition of whipping cream, resulting in a lighter texture.
"Happiness is rainbow sprinkles," the introduction of the book declares, and I quite agree. Sprinkles make life much more radiant.
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. These dessert cups are edible, making it possible to enjoy whatever treat you choose to fill them with in its entirety. Hosting a tea party? Edible teacups are just the ticket. Feeling minimalist? Go the solid chocolate cup route. Looking for a low-fuss project? Flaky, fluted cinnamon-sugar wonton cups take next to no time to prep. Watch the video to learn how to make all three, and then get baking!
To celebrate tonight's series premiere of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on ABC, we're making "Eat Me" cookies and "Drink Me" blue potion, based on the Alice in Wonderland book. All the supplies can be found at your local grocery store — no piping bags are needed for these adorable iced cookies. Plus, the blue potion has a surprising flavor sure to bring you right back to childhood.
Creamy, sweet, cold, and fruity, good banana pudding can't be beat — but it's rare to find one that's spectacular in the first place. Can you believe that most recipes for banana pudding actually use vanilla pudding?
We put true banana flavor where it belongs — in the pudding itself — by roasting slightly underripe bananas to make them richer and sweeter, and to break down their fibers.