Cool Stuff – Desserts

How to Make a Fruit Platter

The title of this post may seem simple, but there is a great difference between making a fruit platter and making a fruit platter. There is a bowl of strawberries and then there is a series of colors and layers and textures and shapes that provoke conversation and a gathering of people around it chattering and asking questions. I posted the making of this fruit platter on my Instagram stories over […]

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Mint Ice Milk

I’m all about hacking my way into ice cream without an ice cream maker. Earlier this year I taught you how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, and have shared my all-time favorite ice cream flavor recipe: lemon basil ice cream. Today I thought I’d share my recipe for Mint Ice Milk. This egg-free ice cream is quick and easy to make. It is a slightly sweet and […]

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Summer Pudding

I was recently looking for a warm weather dessert that didn’t require a lot of baking time or fancy cooking equipment and came upon the idea of a summer pudding. I had made small versions of this recipe way back in culinary school and haven’t made it at all, I don’t think, in the years since. What I love most about it is that it doesn’t require you to heat […]

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Tarragon Panna Cotta

What’s your favorite dessert? I lean toward the creamy ones, light and creamy with mild sweetness that allows the other flavors to come through. My grandmother used to tell me to cut the sugar in a recipe by half at least, in order to accentuate the other flavors, and that’s a motto that I’ve lived by when cooking. So today I thought I’d share one of my favorite dessert recipes […]

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How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker

One of the stories my dad tells me most often about his childhood memories at Tulipwood, is the sound of his grandmother’s ice cream being churned in the kitchen. It was a loud sort of affair, perhaps the first invention on the way to today’s modern ice cream makers. I like to think of her, my great grandmother, making a custard on her stove and then deciding what she was […]

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Decorating Cookies with Ann Potter Baking

In just seven years, Sarah DeClerk she has grown Ann Potter Baking Company from a part-time hobby to a successful business that has partnered with the likes of Disney for Gap, Hanky Panky, Vitamix, Bloomingdales, and Harpers Collins Publishers. Sarah shares her passion and creativity by teaching classes locally and regionally on her craft and loves to speak on the benefits of creativity and living a balanced life. Along with weekly […]

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Ann Potter Baking’s Legendary Icing Recipe

When we sat down with Sarah for Ann Potter Baking to decorate cookies, we were lucky enough to convince her to give us her Legendary Icing Recipe, which is the key to all of her beautiful cookies. We won’t beat around the bush here, so without further ado here is Ann Potter Baking’s Legendary Icing Recipe. We could seriously watch her decorate cookies for hours on end. Her cookies are true works of […]

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Homemade Gift: Quince Pâte de Fruit

As part of my grand quince experiment this fall at Tulipwood, I decided to go way back to my culinary school days and make a fancy schmancy quince pate de fruit recipe. This, like my last quince recipe, would make a wonderful homemade gift this holiday season. And unlike the quince membrillo, this is the type of recipe that would work well with other fruits. A pâte de fruit is a type […]

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Apple Rose Hand Pies

This year I decided that Fall is my favorite season. The colors this Fall just knocked my socks off and it inspired me to cook so many things and explore new adventure. These Apple Rose Hand Pies were just one example that I’m excited to share with you. I think they would be a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving or holiday party menu and they celebrate all of the amazing […]

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