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3 Easy and Impressive Desserts

November 29th, 2012 No Comments

With all of the holiday cooking, dessert can either be your favorite thing to prepare, something you have to throw together, or an afterthought.  These three recipes are super easy and fast so you don’t have to stress to impress.  They’re also easy to serve in small, individual portions.

Should you make the cobbler or chocolate in a large dish, try serving in a martini glass.  It’s unique, unexpected, and makes your efforts look grand!

Drop-Biscuit Fruit Cobbler

Adpated from Bon Appetit August 2012

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons and 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 6 cups of any berries you want
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

** Serves 6.  You can cut in half or thirds.

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter; using your fingertips, incorporate until only pea-size lumps remain. Gently mix in yogurt. Knead in bowl until a biscuit-like dough forms, 5–7 turns (over-mixing will make dough tough).

Combine remaining 1 cup sugar, remaining 3 tablespoons flour, berries, juice, and zest in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Pour into an 8x8x2″ glass baking dish or divide among six 6-ounce ramekins. Tear biscuit topping into quarter-size crumbles; scatter over berries.

Bake cobbler until juices are thick and bubbling and topping is cooked through and deep golden brown, 20–25 minutes for ramekins or 45–50 minutes for baking dish. Let cool for at least 1 hour.

Pot Du Chocolate

From my friend Alexandra

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups scalded light cream (Alex: I use heavy cream)
  • 2 egg yolks (Alex: I don’t use them)
  • 3 tblsps. cognac, rum or bourbon (Alex: I use less but up to the cook!)

** Serves 6.

Preparation

1.  Scald creme by heating until just below boiling.

2.  Put all ingredients in the blender and liquefy.  Small servings are best since it is quite rich.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

** This can be made several days in advance.

Optional – My Homemade Whipped Cream

I brought it with my dessert and we added it to hers.  I like how it cut the richness of the chocolate.

  • Heavy cream – 1/2 or whole small carton
  • Vanilla
  • Agave (keeps cream smooth unlike sugar)

1.  Put beaters and metal or glass bowl in freezer for at least 20 minutes.

2.  Beat cream until it starts to stiffen.

3.  Add a little vanilla, like 1/2 teaspoon.  Add a squirt of agave.  Beat and taste before peaks form.  Add more agave and vanilla to taste and beat until peaks form.  Do not over beat.  Lasts only two days.

 

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My friend Jenn via Cooking Light Magazine

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted almond butter (chunky or creamy)
  • 3/4 sucanat or 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 oz dark chocolate (bar of 70% cocoa or greater)
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the first 5 ingredients.
  3. Chop up chocolate and stir it in.
  4. Make little dough balls and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet (or coat the sheet heavily with spray).
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.

MR Additions to make bigger cookies: 1 tspn maple syrup, 1/2 over-ripe banana, mashed.  Stir in until smooth in batter.  These will spread so place only 6 on a sheet and decrease baking time to 9-10 min.

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