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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Why do chefs use Gold and Silver Leaf?

I don't cook myself, but I watch a fair few cooking shows. Recently the theme of gold and silver leaf has been quite recurring. My first thought was "Well it can't be actual gold. Who would eat gold?" ...
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What are the crunchy bits on top of Thai mango with sticky rice?

My favorite Thai restaurant makes a fantastic mango and sticky rice dessert, and it seems like it'd be pretty simple to recreate at home. I've searched around the internet for mango and sticky rice ...
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Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?

Butter is an inevitable ingredient in most of dessert recipes. By definition, ghee is just clarified butter, but to me, the taste is completely different. The taste of butter is more close to heavy ...
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How do you make Welch's fruit snacks?

The ideal goal is to replicate something similar to Welch's Fruit Snacks. We want something that is firm, flavorful, and not sticky. Has anyone come up with a delicious fruit snack recipe? Here is ...
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Peeling cupcake liner from chocolate mold

I am trying a new recipe that creates a chocolate mold by brushing chocolate inside a cupcake container. The challenge now is to get the paper off the chocolate mold. It seems to be sticking to the ...
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I am wondering if I could interview you about different desserts for a feature article [closed]

I am doing a feature article for a school project and I was wondering if I could interview you about different deserts. PLEASE HELP! Thank you.
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Pie VS Tart VS Quiche

Pi day is coming up quickly! What are the technical differences between pie, tart and quiche? Tarts are sweet. Here are my observation so far: Pies can be either sweet or savoury. Quiches must ...
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Cook a frozen cobbler in a microwave instead of oven

Here's my problem. We don't have access to a oven (we are out of town for a week and out hotel room only has a microwave and a 2 range stove top). I purchased a frozen Blackberry Cobbler and we want ...
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What is the difference between cheesecake and NY cheesecake?

I believe it's density but I'm not sure. What make cheesecake a NY style? Is there different ingredients. Some people call their recipe NY Cheesecake and they are not.
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Alcohol-optional desserts?

I am having a dinner / make-fancy-cocktails party, and trying to work out the menu. Since it's a cocktail party, having some sort of alcohol in the dessert seems appropriate. The difficulty is, for ...
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How should I modify my vanilla frosting to convert it into a chocolate frosting? [closed]

I have a really good recipe for whipped vanilla frosting that I want to use, but I want to make a chocolate frosting. What kind of chocolate should I add to the frosting to make it a chocolate ...
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What is the difference between Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate?

What is the difference between Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate? Does Dark Chocolate not have milk? What are each made out of that make them different?
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How to reduce the moisture when making tarte tatin

I've tried making pear and apple tarte tatin a couple of times, using different recipes, and the result is always the same. When I take the pan out of the oven and flip it over, the pastry is moist, ...
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What does an overnight chill do to cookie dough, that a 4 hour chill doesn't?

I have a high-fat cookie dough (see What ingredient changes will make this cookie dough more workable?) which wants to be chilled in the refrigerator overnight before shaping. I tried to cheat by ...
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How to make stronger colors in three part pannacotta?

This weekend I tried to make a three part pannacotta. It was one layer of rasberry pannacotta, one layer of vanilla and one layer of mango/lime. The taste was a positive surprise but I was not very ...
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How can two pies made and baked identically have differing flavor qualities?

Two pies were baked at the same time, in the same oven, on the same cookie sheet. They seemed to be equally close to the center of the oven. There was a third pie on the rack beneath them. That pie ...
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Is there any dessert that needs a knife? [closed]

A friend of mine told me that there is no dessert that needs a knife to eat. I'm sure that this is not true, but I can't find a good example in the Internet. So is there any dessert that needs a knife ...
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Would almond flour work for macaroons?

I've been trying to make macaroons using almond meal, and they turn out very lumpy and grainy... Should I be using almond flour instead? Or doing something else to make the powder finner?
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Coating to make waffle cones withstand hot liquid?

I'd like to use a waffle cone, like used for ice cream, to hold hot liquids. I assume without modification, the liquid would soften the cone and break through. Is there an edible coating I could put ...
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Is the caramel recipe wrong, or is it my technique?

Twice now, I've made the "Ultimate Tarte Tatin" recipe from the Food Network site. In both cases, the crust and apples worked out perfectly. And in both cases, the caramel seemed to come together ...
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How many eggs in a Mille Crêpes Cake?

I've looked through a few recipes for Mille Crêpes and see that many use double as many eggs in the batter compared with most plain crêpe recipes (6 eggs per cup of flour compared to 3). I'm not a ...
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Why boil milk in desserts

In desserts like Panna cotta and Crème brûlée, why do you always boil the milk/cream? What does it do to the milk?
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How to avoid the rhubarb teeth effect?

I have a lovely rhubarb plant in the backyard. It grows like a weed, as rhubarb is wont to do. On occasion, I like to slice off some stalks and bake myself up a nice rhubarb crisp, or a rhubarb ...
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How prepared should a baked dessert be before a long transport?

I need to make a ~2.5-hour drive with a baked dessert (most likely a crisp/cobbler) but am unsure how prepared it should be beforehand. I suppose I have three options: Prepare ingredients at origin ...
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Is it possible to have chocolate chunks in ice cream that aren't waxy?

My wife loves mint / chocolate chip ice cream. It hasn't been my favorite because of how waxy the cocoa butter in the chocolate becomes when it is cold. Is there a type of chocolate that won't become ...
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What kinds of frostings have a lighter texture?

It seems like the frosting is either an inch of sweetened shortening or just simple whipped cream. The recipes for frosting that I have tried have always been sickeningly fatty and sweet. I do find ...
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How do I melt the chocolate in a s'more?

It is an age old question. How can I ensure that the chocolate in a s'more is properly melted. Even when assembling them quickly the marshmallow just doesn't have enough heat to melt the chunk of ...
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What is the correct flour, sugar, butter ratio for crumble?

Looking through a number of fruit crumble recipes I see that there is a wide range of ratios used for crumble topping. Some use equal amounts of flour (or other dry ingredient), sugar and butter. ...
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How can I get a more homogenous Bavarian cream?

I recently made a pineapple Bavarian cream using this recipe: Put a soaked gelatin sheet in warm (60°C) 75 ml pineapple juice. Beat half a yolk and 20 g sugar together until creamy. Put in the ...
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How do beets bake up in flour?

I am thinking about incorporating some raw shredded beets in a vegan chocolate sheet cake. Since it is vegan, I will be substituting with Ener-G, chia, or flax egg substitutes and earth balance ...
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Lard (or other fat) as a subsitute for butter in desserts for someone with a dairy allergy?

My wife is currently unable to consume any dairy as our breast-fed baby has a milk protein allergy. When reading many dessert recipes, many of them call for butter. For example: ...
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What is the ideal coffee temperature for tiramisu?

When making tiramisu, I usually make a fresh batch of strong coffee. I just don't know how long to wait to use the coffee (for dipping the cookies). In my opinion, room temperature coffee tastes ...
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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?