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10 Decadent Cakes for Easter

No, they're not bunny cakes, but here are 10 incredible desserts that will sweeten Easter Sunday.

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Kitchen Trash

Slice Me Off a Piece of That Kit Kat Pizza

This week in weird food news: Foie gras martinis, Easter candy tacos and Kit Kat pizzas. 

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Make This Now

6 Creamy, Delicious Pots de Crème

Tomorrow, pastry genius Dominique Ansel will debut his new garden dessert, inspired by the pot de crème. If you can't wait (or can't get to Ansel's Manhattan bakery), here are six fantastic versions of the classic French dessert to make at home.

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Make This Now

7 Irresistible Rhubarb Desserts

Bright red and deliciously tart, rhubarb is a fantastic spring fruit. Here, 7 delicious desserts to make featuring rhubarb.

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Dessert Alert

A Top Hotel's Super-Rich Souvenir

The Ritz-Carlton just introduced this super-fudgy Valrhona chocolate cake, soaked in Grand Marnier and studded with candied orange peel.

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Ultimate Holiday Guide

Bien Cuit's Beautiful, Brightly Flavored Bûche de Noël

Bien Cuit's Grapefruit Agave Buche de Noel.

Behold, the brilliant Grapefruit Agave Bûche de Noël from the bread and croissant masters at Brooklyn’s Bien Cuit bakery.

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Chefs Make Change

Peter Som's Custom Cronut Box

Peter Som's Cronut Box

Here's how to get tax-deductible cronuts. Read more >

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Expert Guide

7 Ways to Upgrade Pie

Pecan Pie with Candied Ginger and Rum

At Boston’s Eastern Standard, pastry chef Lauren Kroesser is updating homey desserts for fall, offering sweets like a butterscotch bread pudding with salted caramel, or her rich pumpkin crémeaux with maple, pomegranate and goat cheese. But she is a pie lady at heart: “It’s my favorite thing by far to make and eat,” says Kroesser. “I love fruit pies and grew up making them with my mom. We would go up to Goodale Orchards in Ipswich every fall and pick apples and get doughnuts. Then we’d make crisps and pies.” Read more >

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Blogger Spotlight

Not Without Dessert

Ashley Rodriguez, author of Not Without Salt

Not Without Salt blogger and former pastry chef Ashley Rodriguez writes about her healthy family dinners and crazy-indulgent desserts. Read more »

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A Pastry Chef's Ode to Paris

Belinda Leong

Photo © Leela Cyd

Belinda Leong of San Francisco’s new B. Patisserie shares simple recipes that re-create her life in France.

Pastry chef Belinda Leong is known for her pedigree (Gary Danko, Manresa, Noma, Pierre Hermé) and for her kouign amann—a buttery, caramelized pastry from France’s Brittany region that resembles a puck-shaped croissant. Now that she’s opened B. Patisserie in San Francisco, customers have a new place to get their kouign amann fix. But Leong also uses her formidable technique to reinvent homespun desserts, such as a salt-flecked crémeux that’s like an intense chocolate pudding. Recipes like these are French in style, but American in spirit. “I want to re-create the life I had in Paris, when I worked at Pierre Hermé, and bring it back here,” Leong says.

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Cherry Clafoutis
“In France, there’s almond flour in everything—except clafoutis,” Leong says about the fruit dessert baked in batter. Bucking tradition, she includes the flour in her clafoutis to add custardy texture.

Bittersweet-Chocolate Crémeux
Crémeux (French for “creamy”) is a dense, soft, classic pudding that’s the new darling of many American pastry chefs. Leong gives her super-chocolaty version a salty edge.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Brown Butter Crumble
Brown butter, made by warming unsalted butter in a skillet until it is deeply golden, adds a wonderful nutty flavor to a chunky, streusel-like crumble. Sprinkle it on vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel sauces for outrageously good sundaes.

Lemon and Fresh Sorrel Sherbet
Leong started to incorporate wild greens and herbs into her desserts in 2009, during a foraging internship at the renowned Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. When sorrel’s in season, she uses the tart, lemony green to flavor her tangy sherbet, but mint, thyme and basil are also terrific.

Related:
Best New Pastry Chefs 2013
Beautiful Art-Inspired Desserts
French Dessert Recipes
San Francisco Travel

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