Questions should deal with preparation of a dessert - typically sweet but anything that would be served at a dessert course should qualify.

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What was wrong with my Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie?

Last Thanksgiving I tried a pie from the Joy of Cooking that sounded amazing. Called an Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie it consisted of lemons sliced paper thin and macerated in sugar. This recipe is similar. ...
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How can I make Turkish dondurma?

Turkish ice cream is called dondurma. Besides milk and sugar it also contains: Salep- a flour made of ground orchids and Mastic- a resin that produces a gum. Because of these ingredients dondurma has ...
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Why pressure cook rasmalai?

My wife loves rasmalai and we make it often. I have used several different recipes and both made the paneer from scratch as well as using paneer purchased at a local Indian grocery store. Some ...
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How to chill a compote?

Our apricot tree is overloaded with apricots this year so I have been trying out a variety of different apricot recipes. I am particularily enjoying an apricot compote recipe, however I am having ...
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Troubleshooting my Bavarian Creme

Yesterday I tried to make Bavarian Cream for the first time - it was a disaster. I think I know where I went wrong, but maybe someone with a bit of experience can still help me out. So I got this ...
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Marron glacé / Candied chestnuts breaking up. How to avoid this?

I always use frozen chestnuts to make marrons glacés since I can find those all year long (and not only during winter) and because they're already pealed. I can cook them in simmering water without ...
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Name of a Chinese sweet

In the past I have bought this Chinese sweet which name I cannot recall. It is shaped in little cubes of some sort of trasparent dark jelly (not sure if it is actually gelatine, but it has a ...
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Different techniques in making creme brulee

What is the difference between stirring the egg yolks and sugar then adding the heated cream and heating the cream and sugar together then add the mixture to beaten egg yolks? Also some recipes call ...
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What fruits have a low sugar content?

I like to make fruit salads for desert. However, a few people I know can't eat that much sugar, so I would like to create a fruit salad which has a low sugar content. Typically, as a base for the ...
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Why didn't my lemon tart set?

I am using this Smitten Kitchen recipe for lemon tarts. I made it a few times prior (all within the last few weeks) and it worked beautifully. I loved it because it had a great balance of lemon ...
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How can I flambé ice cream?

For a dessert I recently made, I intended to flame, or burn some alcohol on a quinel of ice cream. Unfortunately, it would not light. I've searched the web a bit since and have come to think it was to ...
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Meat and fruit dessert

I'm having an event where one of the rules is that every dish has to contain both fruit and meat. I've spent the last half hour pondering as to what should I prepare as dessert. Question: What makes ...
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Is it possible to make kataifi dough (by yourself or starting from filo dough)?

I really like the thready structure in this dish. But when I look for recipes, they all ask for a box of kataifi dough. I haven't found this in regular supermarkets (I haven't been to greek stores), ...
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Why does boiling cream have such a drastic effect on my salted caramel?

We have a recipe for a salted caramel spread that is basically a big pan of sugar, glucose, milk and butter, cooked until it becomes a thick paste, then mixed with double cream to achieve a smooth ...
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Scaling problems with a cake - mousse layer increases more than other layers

We've come up with a recipe for a cake that has four different layers (a dough base plus fillings) and is then covered in chocolate mousse. We tested that recipe as a small sample and concluded that ...
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What is an easy-to-make dessert that goes well with Indian food? [closed]

We are making vegetable curry with rice and need a dessert to go well with it. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Beating eggs & sugar when making gelato

I have attempted to make coffee flavoured gelato. I have run into a problems specifically when the beaten egg yolk/sugar mixture is heated with the cream/milk mixture - until "it thickens enough to ...
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Should syrup or pastry be cooled when pouring on to Baklava?

When making Baklava, should you let the syrup or pastry cool before pouring the syrup over pastry?
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Saving a pavlova that didn't form a crust

I have cooked my pavlova the same way I normally do, however it hasn't formed a nice crust like it usually does. I've heard that it may have something to do with the humidity? (It did rain here today ...
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How do I get the flaky top on ooey gooey butter bars?

I'm making Paula Deen's Ooey Gooey Butter Bars (also known as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake) for holiday goodie baskets. I'm having trouble getting the top to be flaky like it is on the bars sold at the ...
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How to make chocolate fondant?

I am willing to add a 2-3mm thick chocolate fondant coating to my home made biscuits. I believe this is very common, but I have no idea how to do this. The fondant should be pretty solid (not liquid ...
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How long will Tiramisú made with raw egg keep?

TiramisĂș tastes better the longer is kept. But it is made with raw eggs, so there must be a limit to how long you can keep it for without risking making people ill. What would you say is the min/max ...
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How to prevent separation/layers in panna cotta?

I recently discovered how easy it is to make panna cotta via a recipe by Mark Bittman. The only problem I found was that my panna cotta started to visibly separate into two distinct layers after a ...
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How to do creme brulee 'to go'?

I used to sell desserts and baked goods - I'm thinking about 'reopening'. I would like to offer creme brulee as an option since its one of the more popular desserts when I make it for friends and ...
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What are the proper steps to add the vermicelli in making dessert shemai?

I am trying to make lachchha shemai. Should I put the vermicelli after taking the boiled milk away from the burner or should I put the vermicelli when the milk is being boiled over the burner?
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How do I squeeze gelatine?

Every recipe I've seen which uses gelatine says to soak and squeeze it, but none of them say how to squeeze it. I've only cooked once with gelatine, and I just squeezed it in my hand, but I was ...
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Which Dessert fit a Thai dish? [closed]

I plan to cook a thai dish this weekend and I search for a dessert that fits to that. In particular it will be a chicken dish with lemon gras. I moved the drink part of the question here. Sorry for ...
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Why do so many desert/biscuit recipes have salt in them?

Whilst I can understand salt in the majority of recipes, I never really understood why it is in so many deserts or biscuits. When I have asked a few friends or family who do a lot of cookery, the ...
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Culinary uses for honeycomb?

On a whim, I bought real honeycomb (not the cookie type dessert) from a local shop. I tried eating it plain, but the wax makes it unpleasant and chewy. What can I do with it?
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How to get those professional looking peaks on top of tiramisu?

Most tiramisu-recipes end with the last layer of mascarpone mixture spread on the last layer of lady fingers/sponge cake (and some chocolate powder on top). So you have a flat surface. I've seen ...
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How to fake salmon roe using jello

A couple of days ago I made a first attempt at dessert sushi. Everything went reasonably well except for the salmon roe which I'd planned to make from orange jello. I made my own mould from plasticine ...
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Which cuisines (besides Hungarian) have a tradition of serving savory desserts?

About 20 years ago my wife and I were poor, and we went on a very cheap coach trip to Hungary for a holiday. The hotel meals always finished with a rather uninteresting savoury dessert. I researched ...
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What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet?

What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet? They look different, but are they made differently?
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Panna Cotta Recipe Ideas [closed]

I am a relatively new cook and like to make things in my spare time. My wife and I were in a restaurant recently for her birthday where she tried some Panna Cotta. She really liked this dessert and I ...
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How could I keep one-ingredient “ice cream” soft?

According to this question, guar gum and xanthan gum can be used to keep ice cream soft by preventing ice crystals and keeping the air that's been mixed in from leaving the ice cream. We have tried ...
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How do you make 'Rabri'?

It's an Indian, or to be more specific, Bengali pudding. Its milky with sheets/pieces of something akin to 'hard milk'. I've never seen a recipe for it and the Wikipedia article is vague indeed.
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Making corn bread pudding from corn bread

I have a large batch of corn bread that's about to go bad, a situation I'd like to salvage by turning it into corn bread pudding. Unfortunately, all of the recipes I can find online start from base ...
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How to avoid 'fake tasting' fruit

I made a batch of cherry ice cream last night and for some reason it seems to taste like I have used cherry flavouring/syrup rather than the actual cherries which were used instead. The cherries ...
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Chocolate Shot Glasses

I know, right? Sounds awesome. Here's what's up: For Christmas I got one of those do-it-yourself molds for making ice shot glasses. My idea is pretty simple: Melt chocolate and pour it into the molds ...
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Carrot Pie: custard or stew?

So I have a plan to experiment with making a carrot pie. I can think of two approaches to this. One would be to create a custard. Carrots aren't very starchy, so that may be a bit of a problem, but ...
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What is the maximum temperature at which cream will still whip successfully?

I recently tried to whip warm cream and was surprised to find out that it would not hold air. After some limited research, I have discovered that in order for the fat in cream to form the matrix and ...
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What is the difference between sorbet and sherbet

From my [limited] exposure, it seems like sorbet is merely sherbet with a higher price tag. Is that a fair understanding? If not, what is a better way of understanding the difference(s)?
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How can I create a sweet pizza that looks like pizza?

Looking for a bit of inspiration for an idea I have. I want to serve 3 courses of pizza: starter, main and dessert. It's a gimmick, I know, but a fun one I think. Got the starter and main nailed, but ...
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How to Prevent Apples from turning Brown

I love to use Apples in my Desserts. They look really delicious when I just make them, but by the time they are consumed as dessert, the apples have all turned brown. and suddenly the dessert doesn't ...
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Oatmeal used in apple crisp topping

The recipe I am looking at for Apple Crisp by Ina Garten calls for 1 cup of oatmeal. It doesn't say prepared oatmeal, or rolled oats, just "Oatmeal". Is the recipe asking for 1 cup of prepared ...
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Where to get or how to make hollow sugar balls?

I'm trying to create a set of liqueur and cream filled chocolates by hand. My current idea is, having created the chocolate for the outsides, to build up layers of it on a "sugar scaffold". I can then ...
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How do I make vanilla sauce without air bubbles?

Yesterday I made vanilla sauce to go with an apple pie. I used about 2 dl milk, 3 egg yolks and some sugar. I whisked it in a double boiler maybe too vigourously, because there were tiny bubbles of ...
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Can I filter out vanilla bean seeds?

When I scrape out the seeds out of my vanilla beans and simmer them with milk or incorporate them into batter, they always leave little tell-tale black dots in the finished product. Is it possible to ...
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How can I make my Chocolate Mousse fluffier?

I regularly make Chocolate Mousse with an egg yolk, sugar and dark chocolate base folded into whipped egg white or whipped cream (or both). It's tastes pretty good and has a nice mouth-feel. Now I ...
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Colorful Marshmallow

How to make colorful marshmallow without using synthetic coloring agents?